Obituary for Laverne “Vern” Tonsager

Laverne “Vern” Tonsager, age 77 of Northfield, passed away surrounded by family on October 27th, at his home. Vern Darrell Tonsager was born July 19, 1940, in Northfield, Minnesota, to Ruby (Fredrickson) and Lester Tonsager. Vern was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend. He was raised in Northfield and was a house painter for 55 years. Vern was an active parishioner and volunteer at Annunciation Church in Hazelwood, MN. Vern battled Leukemia for three years and Pancreatic Cancer for the last 18 months, facing the diagnosis with courage, and determination. Vern continued working until recently and deeply […]

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Laverne “Vern” Tonsager, age 77 of Northfield, passed away surrounded by family on October 27th, at his home. Vern Darrell Tonsager was born July 19, 1940, in Northfield, Minnesota, to Ruby (Fredrickson) and Lester Tonsager. Vern was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend. He was raised in Northfield and was a house painter for 55 years. Vern was an active parishioner and volunteer at Annunciation Church in Hazelwood, MN.

Vern battled Leukemia for three years and Pancreatic Cancer for the last 18 months, facing the diagnosis with courage, and determination. Vern continued working until recently and deeply missed a hard day’s work. He loved spending winters in Ft Myers and fishing on the ocean with his buddies and family. He spent three decades on Circle Lake where his hobbies were fishing and building houses. He cherished all of the time with his grandkids and great-grandkids more than anything else.

Survivors include wife Gwen (Elzen) Tonsager; his children, Dawn (Brian) Cherwinka of Faribault, Troy Tonsager of Eagan, Kari (Brian) Amacher of Faribault, Tony of Waseca; his grandchildren Brittany (Zack) Sisk of Chicago, Illinois, Ashlee (Trent) Hering of Waterville, Kelsey Cherwinka of Faribault; Conner, Olivia, Landon and Caden Tonsager of Eagan; Marisa, Joshua, and Grace Amacher of Faribault, Kaylee and Allison Tonsager of Rochester; his great-grandchildren Chase Hering and Rylin Tonsager; his sister Darlene (David) Endres of Eagan. Preceding him in death were his parents Ruby and Lester Tonsager; mother and father-in-law, Alice and Henry Elzen; sisters Shirley Gould, Joannie Anderson, and Roxie Judkins.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11AM, Monday, October 30th, 2017, at the Church of the Annunciation, 4996 Hazelwood Ave, Northfield, MN 55057. Visitation will be 9-11AM, prior to the funeral Mass at the Church of the Annunciation. Interment will take place directly after the funeral Mass at the Annunciation Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Church of the Annunciation Men’s Club.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

October 30, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Annunciation Catholic Church - Hazelwood
4996 Hazelwood Ave Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Visitation

October 30, 2017 - 9:00 AM -


, Get Directions

Burial

Burial: October 30, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Annunciation Church Cemetery
4996 Hazelwood Ave Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

3 Comments

  1. Rosie and Don Voll

    Our hearts are with you all. We have many happy memories that we shared with Vern and Gwen that we will always cherish. Vern and Gwen were the first to knock on our door and welcome us to the Florida neighbourhood. We enjoyed our 4 o’clock afternoon get togethers and many fun fishing excursions.
    Peace be with you all,
    Rosie and Don Voll

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  2. Sharon linster

    Thoughts and prayers are with you all so sorry for your lost.

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  3. Len & Debbie Skluzacek

    We are sad to read of Vern’s passing. We knew him from a business relationship, and Vern was a great person and painter. We’ve lost a great man! Our sympathies to the family!

    Reply

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