Frances G. Tonko, 99, of Princeton Street, Amsterdam, NY died very peacefully on Sunday, January 24, 2021, at the River Ridge Living Center in Amsterdam, New York.
Frances was born on April 16, 1921. She was the daughter of Boleslaw and Karolyna Bik Grajewski. She was a 1937 Wilbur H. Lynch High School graduate. She later contin ued her Post Graduate studies. On June 21, 1947, she was united in marriage to Stanley C. Tonko. They shared 68 years of married life together. Stanley died on June 28, 2015.
Frances had been employed by the Selective Service System and later worked for the Amsterdam Insurance Agency in Amsterdam, NY until her retirement in 1976.
Frances was a lifelong Greater Amsterdam area resident. She was a member of St. Stanislaus Church and the Ladies Rosary Society; St. Mary’s Club 60 and a past member of the Montgomery County Women’s Democratic Club. She was appreciated as an energetic campaigner.
Frances had been recognized in the past by former Governor Mario Cuomo as “New York Blood Donor of the Year”. She took great pride in her vegetable and flower gardens. She was a great baker and cook. There were great demands for her delicious pierogi, lasagna, babka bread, and lemon meringue pie. Frances was an avid lover of animals including her own Victor and Vanessa.
Fran’s family offers thanks for the compassionate care provided by her medical staff and healthcare workers whose efforts filled her life with dignity and hope.