Norman Wilhelm Johann Toensing of Okawville, IL
departed this life in the St. Elizabeth Hospital at
Belleville, IL on Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 1:15
A.M. He had attained the age of 82 years, 11 months
and 1 day.
Norman was born near Okawville on May 2, 1927 the
son of Marten and Louise (nee Frederking) Toensing.
He was baptized in the Immanuel Lutheran Church at
Okawville by Pastor E.C. Schutt on May 15, 1927 and
was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran on April 6, 1941
by Pastor J.P. Uhlig. Normans early neighborhood
relationship with Helen Holtgrewe evolved into an
enduring love and they were united in marriage on
April 20, 1952 at White Church by J. Wingred
Stoerker. Helen preceded him in death on February 19,
Left to mourn Normans passing are his four loving
daughters, Jayne Kolweier and special friend Paul
Ross of Okawville, Shirlee Pries and husband Mike of
Nashville, IL, Lynda Toensing and fiancée Hank
Schroeder and Kerry Toensing all of Okawville; four
grandsons, Brett and Bryce Kolweier and Tanner and
Brock Pries; a sister, Valeria Hasheider; a brother-
in-law, Edward Holtgrewe and wife Ruth; a sister-in-
law, Melba Holtgrewe all of Okawville and many
cousins, nieces, nephews as well as a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife;
a brother, Ewald Toensing; his father and mother-in-
law, Edwin and Augusta Holtgrewe; two brothers-in-
law, Art Hasheider and Roland Holtgrewe; a sister-in-
law, Elaine Schwengels and husband Harlin; two
nieces, Lavonne Hasheider and Amber Zapp and a
nephew, Allen Holtgrewe.
Norman and Helen spent their entire lives living
near Okawville and raising their daughters while
working their family farm. Norman also worked for
Okawville Farmers Elevator retiring in November 1992.
Norman was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran
Church serving in many various ways over the years.
He also helped with the Okawville Wheat Festival
horse competition for several years and drove the
Heritage House Museum surrey and his white carriage
for Okawville Heritage Days and the annual Okawville
Christmas Stroll, as well as many weddings.
Norman enjoyed many things in life; farming,
horses, family and friends. What gave a spark to his
life was the time spent with his grandsons. His deep
rolling chuckle of laughter could fill the room with
an instant smile
Friends may call at the Campagna Funeral Home of
Okawville on Tuesday from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M. and on
Wednesday from 7:30 A.M. until 9 A.M. then at the
church on Wednesday from 10 A.M. until 11 A.M.
Funeral services will be held in the Immanuel
Lutheran Church at Okawville on Wednesday, April 7,
2010 at 11 A.M. with Pastor Darwin Schrader
officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Heritage House Museum or to the Family Hospice of Belleville and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home.