Marie (McLellan) Tonnon ended her battle with metastatic breast cancer on November 23, 2021 at the age of 77.
“If it weren’t for cancer, I’d say I had the perfect life. If it weren’t for cancer though, would I ever have realized this?” -Marie Tonnon
Marie was the beloved eldest child of Sandy and Belle McLellan. She was raised in Antigo, WI with her siblings Rob (Jean) McLellan, Frank McLellan (deceased), Nancy (Andy) Jacobs and Kathleen McLellan.
Marie married the love of her life, Wayne Tonnon, in 1968. They shared a beautiful life in Green Bay, WI raising their four wonderful daughters - Anne (Jeremy) Tonnon-Byers, Heather Tonnon, Mary (Sven) Richter, and Tessa Tonnon (Michelle Lippincott). Marie was also blessed with eight amazing grandchildren - Kathleen (Brandon) Lehrer, Michael and Nicholas Larson;Henry and Evan Byers; Isabella, Maximilian, and Simon Richter. Marie has one precious great-grandchild, Lane Lehrer, as well.
Marie and Wayne moved from Green Bay to Suamico in retirement and enjoyed the gorgeous views of Lake Michigan. They enjoyed wintering in Fort Myers, FL and summering at the cottage that her father and grandfather built on Bass Lake in Antigo, WI. What made these places so special to Marie was the time spent with her dear friends and family. Her family and friends cherished time spent with her as she had a joy for life, an exuberant personality, and cared deeply for those she loved.
In her life, Marie was a teacher, business woman, mentor, artist, poet, storyteller, great cook and gardener. Most importantly she led a full life as a friend, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Throughout her life she enjoyed and shared her love of the creative process. Her work captured her love of life and the importance of family. She strove to help others heal and become all they could through story and artistic expression.
Marie’s family wants to thank all of the wonderful caregivers that made her transition more comfortable.
A celebration of Marie’s life will be held at Malcore Funeral Home, 1530 W. Mason St., on Saturday, December 11, 2021, from 9 AM until the time of the memorial service at 11 AM.
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