Rose Marie "Toni" Fletcher
Rose Marie "Toni" Fletcher of Madison, Wis., formerly of Cedar Rapids, passed away Oct. 16, 2018, at Attic Angel in Madison, Wis.
Visitation will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, with a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories, 4200 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids.
Toni was born in Appleton, Wis., in 1927, to Clarence and Geneva St. John.
Survivors include a daughter, Karen Franker (David) of Madison, Wis.; a son, Robert (Haven) of Mason, Ohio; grandsons, Robert (Jill) Parker of La Crosse, Wis., Ned (Jacque) Parker of Story City and Evan and Grant Fletcher of Mason, Ohio; three stepgrandchildren; and sister-in-law, Donna Tozour of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Toni was preceded in death by her husband, Keith; her parents; and a brother.
Toni had a strong musical talent and played clarinet in the Tri-City Symphony and the University of Iowa orchestra. She received her education degree in 1949 and taught high school English in Vinton, where she met future husband, Keith. They moved to Cedar Rapids, where Keith was an avionics engineer with Collins Radio. Within a few years they were blessed with a daughter and a son.
Toni took an oil painting course when her children were young, and it developed into a favorite hobby. She was a member of the Creative Artists Guild and had paintings on display in local businesses. In addition, she created much-treasured art for friends and relatives. She was a member of Chapter LU, PEO and the First Church of Christ Scientist.
Toni and Keith spent five years in Melbourne, Fla., and although she treasured this as an opportunity for personal development, she was always an Iowa girl at heart and loved the Midwest change of seasons.
Toni enjoyed European travel with her husband in their retirement. Toni's grandchildren were always a special blessing, and she loved being with them.
Toni will be remembered as a loving and kind wife, mother, grandmother and friend, who will be greatly missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, friends may send contributions to the Cedar Rapids Public Library or their favorite charity. A message, tribute, or memory may be entered into the guest book at www.cedarmemorial.com.