HANCOCK - Lisa Anita Tolonen, 41, passed away at Portage Health Nov. 3, 2012, after more than a year-long battle with several types of cancer.
Lisa was born in Ferndale, Mich., to Donald and Gretchen Taylor Jan. 23, 1971.
She moved to L'Anse as a small child and lived there for years. She also lived in Pelkie and finally in Hancock.
She attended Sacred Heart Catholic grade school and L'Anse High School, graduating in 1990.
Lisa married Bob Tolonen in 1992 and had two children, Jon and Greg Tolonen. She was divorced in 2000.
Lisa worked at many places in L'Anse over the years, including The Hilltop Restaurant, Winkler's Nursing Home, Subway, Home Health Care, the Ojibwa Casino and the Secretary of State office as Maintenance Supervisor.
Lisa loved bowling, dancing, going to the beach and spending time with her fiance, Travis Maxey, along with spending time with her sons, her family and her friends (including Facebook friends).
She was very social and loved people of all types. She was very kind to people having problems and tolerant of those with disabilities.
Surviving are her sons, Jonathon Robert Tolonen, 18 and Gregory Ross Tolonen, 16; her sister, Heidi Marie Taylor; her former in-laws, Janet and Robert Tolonen; her aunt, Judy (Taylor) Gonya; her fiance, Travis Maxey; and numerous cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mom, Gretchen Burt Ann (Funke) Taylor and her father, Donald Ross Taylor.
She missed her mother greatly and was very religious, attending Church of the Resurrection in Hancock when she could.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in L'Anse with Fr. Brian Gerber officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church hall. Burial will be in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
Donations may be sent to Robert Tolonen, P.O. Box 4, Nisula, MI 49952 for the vocational education of her sons, Jon and Greg.
Friends may sign Lisa's guestbook or send condolences at jacobsonfuneralhome.com.