GOSHEN — Veva May Tomlonson, 84, died Sunday evening at Greencroft Goshen Health Care where she had been a resident since November 2008.
She was born Nov. 9, 1929 in Wabash, to Wilford and Dorothy (Wright) Crumrine. During her girlhood in Wabash, she enjoyed her friends and family, along with her older brother, Gale, and younger brother, John. Music was an early love in her life, and she studied piano throughout her school years, playing her own composition at her final recital as she graduated from high school.
She attended Manchester College (now Manchester University), studying elementary education and music and acquiring lifelong friends. While there she met John D. Tomlonson. They married Aug. 20, 1950, in Wabash. Veva earned her bachelor’s degree in 1951 from Manchester College and a master’s degree in 1967 from Western Michigan University.
Mrs. Tomlonson taught elementary school for 25 years in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan, and fulfilled a life-long dream of working in a library in Kansas for 10 years following her retirement from teaching. She continued her love of music by serving as church pianist from an early age until her retirement.
She and John enjoyed traveling, taking multiple trips to Europe, and a trip to Alaska with their son, Mark, and his family. Her love of needlework is shown in the many needlepoint and cross-stitch projects in the homes of family and friends.
John survives along with two children, Mark (Karen) Tomlonson, Kalamazoo, Mich. and Janet (Floyd) Drexler, Rapid City, S.D.; six grandchildren, Anna L. Tomlonson, Kalamazoo, Mich., Erin M. Tomlonson, Marquette, Mich., and Jacob, Carrie, Benjamin and Michael Drexler, all of Rapid City, S.D.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Gale and John Crumrine.
Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. until the 2 p.m. memorial service Saturday at Goshen City Church of the Brethren. The Revs. Bev Weaver and Denny McOwen of the church will officiate. A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall.
Private family burial service will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Middlebury.
Memorial contributions may be made to Goshen City Church of the Brethren for music, children’s programs or the food vouchers ministry.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.