Charleen W. Tonyan, age 87, of McHenry, died Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at Hearthstone Manor in Woodstock.
She was born July 18, 1920 in Newton, Kansas to Charles and Margaret (McLarty) Wright. On November 29, 1947, she married Henry B. “Hank” Tonyan in Chicago.
Charlene was born in Kansas and moved with her family to Florida during the depression. She went to college in Hastings, Nebraska, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She completed her nursing education at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Charleen was a member of the team led by Dr. Lee Gladstone, to make the original McHenry Hospital a reality.
She was the first president of the Auxiliary to Northern Illinois Medical Center. During her nursing career, she was employed as a nurse at Hearthstone Manor in Woodstock and a school nurse for McHenry School District 15 and 156. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Ruth Circle at church.
Survivors include three sons, Richard Tonyan of DeLeon Springs, FL., Mark Tonyan of McHenry, Timothy (Sarah) Tonyan of Wheaton; and two grandchildren, Valerie and David Tonyan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry B. “Hank” Tonyan on September 29, 1998; her parents; a brother, Donald Wright; and a daughter-in-law, Linda Tonyan.
The visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, December 28, 2007 at the George R. Justen & Son Funeral Home, 3519 W. Elm Street, McHenry, IL 60050.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, at the First United Methodist Church, 3717 W. Main Street, McHenry.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, at the church.
Interment will be in St. John The Baptist Cemetery, Johnsburg.
For those wishing to extend an expression of condolence, the family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church or to the Woodstock Partnership Clinic, 13707 W. Jackson Street, Woodstock, Il 60098
For information call the funeral home at 815-385-2400. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.justenfh.com