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Lowell M. Tonjes, 84, of Pender

Posted: 20 September, 2013

Lowell M. Tonjes, 84, of Pender, Nebraska passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013 surrounded by his family at Legacy Gardens Living Center in Pender, NE. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 24, at 10:30 a.m. at St.  Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender, NE; with Pastor Miles Ruch officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, September 23, from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender. Burial will be at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Pender, NE. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender, NE.  To leave online condolences for the family, please visit

Lowell was born October 17, 1928 to George and Anna (Wollmer) in Pender, NE. Lowell attended and graduated from Pender High School in 1945. After graduating from high school Lowell married Marlene Westerhold on February 12, 1950 in Pender, NE. He was a lifelong farmer in the Pender area. Lowell was an avid New York Yankees and Nebraska Huskers fan. Lowell enjoyed playing cards uptown with his friends especially playing Sheephead. Lowell was an active member at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender. Lowell loved spending time with his kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Lowell is survived by his wife, Marlene; sons, Kevin (Gayle) Tonjes of Phoenix, AZ, Kyle (Jody) Tonjes of Omaha, NE; daughter, Keri (Tim) Robinson of Pender, NE; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Lowell is preceded in death by both parents, son, Kenne, brothers: Milon, Floyd and Royce.

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