The following photographs and obituaries are courtesy of Gary Tonn.  The first one is a school picture - 1929 Navarino School.  If you know the names of any of the individuals pictured, let us know so we can update the page.  If you would like a LARGER view of the school picture, just click on the photograph.

Harvey Tonn is 3rd from right - Row 2
Edward Tonn is 4th from right - Row 3
Helen Tonn is 3rd from right - Top Row
Virgil Tonn is 2nd from right - Row 2
Hazel Tonn is 1st from left - Row 3


May 28, 1960
Twin City Deaths

William H. Tonn, Sr.

William H. Tonn, Sr., 74, 80 Mathewson street, died at his home a 11:45 a.m. Saturday after a lengthy Illness. He was born Nov. 11, 1885, at Appleton and had been a resident of Menasha for the last 30 years.

He had been employed at the Bergstrom Paper company until retiring in 1942 because of illness.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Westgor Funeral home with the. Rev. S. H. Roth, pastor emeritus of St. Paul's Lutheran church in charge. Burial will be in Resthaven cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. today.

Survivors are the widow; four daughters, Mrs. Ralph Gifford and Mrs. George Slomski of Neenah, Mrs. Rueben Janke of Clintonville and Mrs. Robert Johnson of Menasha; one son, William, Jr., Neenah; a brother, Fred, Navarino; four children by previous marriage; and 14 grandchildren.

Today's Deaths
Mrs. Anna Lisch

Mrs. Anna Lisch, 84, who lived with her daughter, Mrs. Harvey Schuelke, route 1, Bonduel, died at 3 p.m. Friday after a long illness. She was born Nov. 28, 1875, in Germany, and moved to Kaukauna in 1881. She lived in the town of Lessor most of her life, and for the last nine years had lived with her daughter.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Mark Lutheran church, Navarino. Friends may call at the Wendt Funeral home, Bonduel, after noon Sunday until noon Monday, then at the church. Burial will be in Union cemetery, town of Lessor.

Mrs. Lisch is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Clarence Klika, Appleton, Mrs. Schuelke and Mrs. Albert Stark, Navarino; three sons, Reinhold, Appleton, Theodore, Navarino, and William, Shawano; two brothers, William Tonn, Menasha, and Fred Tonn, Navarino; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grand children.



A heart attack suffered Saturday afternoon resulted in the death early this morning at Theda Clark hospital of Mrs. William Ganzel, 50 years of age, 129 Edna avenue.

Mary Tonn was born on December 2, 1881, on an ocean boat carrying her parents from Germany to the United States. She had lived practically all of her life in Wisconsin. She was married to William Ganzel on April 5, 1899.

Surviving are the husband; children, John, Theodore, Herbert, Arthur, Carl, Harvey and Harold Genzel, Neenah; a sister, Mrs. Emil Lisch, Navarino; three brothers, Frank Tonn, park Ridge, Ill., William and Fred Tonn, Navarino, one grandchildren and nine cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home, a Navarino pastor officiating. Burial will be at Navarino.

Fred A. Tonn

Age 79, passed away Sunday afternoon in Green Tree Convalescent Home, Clintonville following a long illness. Mr. Tonn was born on October 19, 1887 in Kaukauna. He farmed and was a lifelong resident of the Navarino area. He was a member of the Navarino United Church of Christ. Survivors are his wife; three sons, Marvin, Navarino; Edward, Neenah; and Virgil, Chicago, Illinois; three daughters, Mrs. Ray (Thora) Schuster, Shawano; Mrs. Earl (Lois) Fenn, Seymour; Mrs. John (Helen) Kohanski, Menasha; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Rose Tonn, Navarino; 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. One son James preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the United Church of Christ, Navarino, Rev. Robert Hamilton, officiating. Interment will be in the Union Cemetery, in the Township of Lessor. Friends may call at the Muehl Funeral Home in Seymour after 2 p.m. Tuesday, until 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and then at the church until the time of the service.




Appleton Post Crescent
Wednesday, May 9, 1951

Emil Lisch, Early Shawano County Settler, Dies at 87

Emil Lisch, 87, one of the first settlers in the town of Lessor, Shawano county, died early this morning at the home of his son Theodore Lisch, with whom he lived about a year in Navarino.  He was ill three years.

Lisch was born April 1, 1864 in Germany.  He served in the German army before coming to the United States in his early manhood.  He farmed in Lessor until retiring.  Lisch celebrated his golden wedding anniversary several years ago.  He was a charter member of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran church, Navarino, and had served as its treasurer.

Surviving are the widow; three daughters, Mrs. Albert Stark, Navarino, Mrs. Harvey Schulke, Bonduel, and Mrs. Clarence Klika, Appleton; three sons, Reinhold Lisch, Appleton, Theodore Lisch, Navarino, and William Lisch, Shawano; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Muehl Funeral Home, Seymour, from 2 o'clock Friday afternoon until 11 o'clock Saturday morning and then at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran church, Navarino.  The Rev. E. A. Henderson, pastor, will be in charge. Burial will be in Union cemetery, town of Lessor.

August 28, 1978
Mrs. Jennie Tonn

80 Mathewson St., Menasha

Age 76, died Monday morning after
a lenghty illness. She was born April 19. 1902 in Kewanee.
Illinois, and had been a Menasha resident for the past 50 years. Survivors include four daughters: Hazel Clifford and Mrs. Garold (Norene) Stockman, both of Menasha; Ruth Slomski, Neenah; and Mrs. Ruben .Janke, Clintonville; a son, William Tonn, Jr. Neenah; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William, Sr , and a son, Harvey. The complete funeral will be at 2 p m. Thursday at the Westgor Funeral Home with the Rev. Walter K. Lichtsinn officiating. Interment will be in Resthaven Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Westgor Funeral Home.