Joseph W. Tonweber
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Joseph W. Tonweber
  • September 24, 1940 - January 7, 2017
  • New Hampshire

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Beloved husband and father, Joseph "Grandpa Joe" W. Tonweber, 76, passed away at his home in Richmond, NH on January 7, 2017

He was born in Allentown, PA on September 24, 1940, the son of Josef and Gertrude (Mollers) Tonweber.

Joe grew up in Allentown, and later attended the University of Cincinnati where he received his Master's Degree.

Joseph proudly served in the U.S. Army from July 1967 until July of 1969, earning the rank of Captain. Following his active duty service, he continued his service to his country by serving for several years in the Army Reserves, retiring with the rank of Colonel.

He was a civil engineer working with the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY for 29 years. He raised his family in Kendall, NY and enjoyed his later years in the woodlands of Richmond.

Upon moving to Richmond, Joe continued to in work in his field of civil engineering, joining the engineering department of the City of Keene Public Works in 1998, later becoming the superintendent of their water and sewer department, until his retirement in 2009.

He enjoyed his family, friends, pets, gardening, tractors, trains, trucks, a bowl of ice cream, a great joke, a challenging game of cards and warm nights at home by the fire. He always lived life with a smile.

He was also an active member of the Richmond Community Church, serving on a variety of leadership teams.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 25 years, Patricia Tonweber of Richmond; his children, Christina Zdanowski-Pattison and her husband, Chuck Pattison, Leandra Tonweber, Paul Hathaway and his wife, Sheila, Pamela Hathaway, Tricia MacAdam and her husband, John; and his grandchildren, Devin Zdanowski, Ian, Colleen, and Molly MacAdam, Todd Pattison, Ryan Pattison, Ben Pattison and his wife, Carrie, and Chad Pattison and his wife, Tanya. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Jordan Hathaway and his first wife, Anna (Smith) Tonweber.

A memorial and celebration of life service will be held on Monday, January 16th at 12:00 PM in the Richmond Community Church, 11 Fitzwilliam Road (Rte. 119 just east of the 4-Corners), Richmond. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Tonweber's memory to the Richmond Community Church, 11 Fitzwilliam Road, Richmond, NH 03470, or to the Richmond Fire and Rescue Company, 105 Old Homestead Highway, Richmond, NH 03470.