Paul Edward Tonies

July 16, 1928 - Sept. 27, 2008

Paul Edward Tonies, loving husband, father, grandfather, godfather, brother, brother-in-law and uncle, 80, of Waukesha, with his wife and children by his side, was welcomed into eternal life on Saturday, Sept. 27, in Waukesha.

Paul was born July 16, 1928, in East Saint Louis, Ill., to Gerard and Evelyn (nee Vermeersch) Tonies. Paul was united in holy matrimony to Mercedes Anne Mudd on Dec. 29, 1956.

Paul is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mercedes; his daughter Rose Marie (Javier) Fernandez and their children Roberto, Dominic, Maria, Isabel and Elena; his daughter Julie (Wil) Kalinowski and their children Katharine, Samuel and Genevieve; his daughter Nancy (Paul) Heidel and their children Jacob, Anne, Sean, Claire and May; his son Paul; his son Peter (Mary) and their children Jacqueline and Nicholas; his son Patrick; his daughter Evelyn (Peter) Buss and their children John, Ethan, Gemma and Sadie; his son Andrew; his brother Gerard (Maxine); his sister Mary Anne (Joe) Burroughs; his Godsons Ronald (Denise) Tonies and Michael (Terri) Burroughs; his nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Paul joyfully joins both of his parents in Heaven.

He was also preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Mary Edna (nee Donohoo) and his father-in-law, James Victor Mudd.

Paul worked at Inryco Inc. as a project manager, in both St. Louis and Milwaukee. His hobbies and favorite activities revolved around his wife, children and grandchildren.

Paulís family will meet with relatives and friends from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. today, Oct. 2, at the Pete Gaerdner Funeral Home in Belleville, Ill. Paulís funeral Mass will take place at St. Patrickís Catholic Church in Ruma, Ill., on Friday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. The Rev. John Myler and the Rev. Dick Bresnahan will concelebrate the funeral Mass. Burial at the parish will follow the Mass. A luncheon in Paulís honor will be held at 3 p.m. at Fischerís Restaurant in Belleville, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, we would appreciate memorials to the Roman Catholic charity of your choice.

"I have fought the good fight.

I have finished the race.

I have kept the faith."