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Teddy J. Tonzi

AUBURN — Teddy J. Tonzi, 76, of Auburn, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, Feb. 5, 2019, at The Commons on Saint Anthony.

She was born in Williamson, N.Y., the daughter of Betty Moll Bouwens and the late Leon Bouwens and had been an area resident for most of her life. Upon graduating from Williamson, she would attend and graduate from Auburn Memorial Hospital’s School of Nursing. Teddy was appointed the first female licensed Nurse Practitioner in Cayuga County, with a career that would span more than 50 years. She had been employed for more than 30 years at the former Dr. Dooley’s office and continued helping train and educate future nurses at Mercy Health and Rehabilitation for several years, before lastly working as the school nurse for Seward Elementary School. Teddy was also an avid golfer and longtime member of the Owasco Country Club. She was most happy being a mom and a grandmother and sacrificed all of her free time to be with them. She enjoyed traveling throughout New York State to watch her sons play hockey. She was a true hockey mom. Her most cherished and special times were those spent with her grandchildren. She will be sadly missed, but always held closely in each of their hearts.

She is survived by two sons, Christopher (Judy) Tonzi, of Connecticut, and Geoffrey (Angela) Tonzi, of Auburn; mother, Betty Bouwens, of Williamson; six grandchildren, Sarah Beth, Nathaniel (Victoria), Calvin, Molly, Jacob, and Teddy Tonzi; a brother, Leon “Butch” (Carrie) Bouwens; as well as several other relatives and friends.

Teddy was predeceased by her father, Leon; her husband, James in 2008, and her sister, Kristy.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. this Wednesday at the Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn. Friends and relatives are also invited to her services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

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