Carol Jean Toenjes

December 25, 1940 ~ August 7, 2021

     Bonne Terre, MO – Carol J. Toenjes (formerly of Columbia, IL), 80, of Bonne Terre, Missouri, passed peacefully at home on August 7, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.  Carol was born December 25, 1940, in Belleville, Illinois, to the late Edward and Florence Arras.  She was married for 62 years to the late James (Jim) E. Toenjes who passed away October 20, 2020.

     Carol was a rock star!  She enjoyed horseshoes, softball, tennis, and playing cards.  She loved sitting on the deck of her home watching the Big River while admiring her flowers and the wildlife.  She was an avid sports fan of all kinds, especially the St. Louis Cardinals.  In Columbia everyone knew her as the "paper lady."  Carol and Jim owned and operated, for over 20 years, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Globe Democrat newspaper routes.  She was a devoted member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.  She loved spending time with her large and extended family.  Carol will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.  

     Surviving are her children Tammy (John) Davis, Tom (Jan) Toenjes, Tim Toenjes, Terri (Stephen) Dougherty, Tracy Toenjes (Steven), and Toni (Ricky) Becker; brothers William (Darlene) Arras, Edward (Debbie) Arras, Michael (Jane) Arras; sisters Joan (Bobby) McClendon, Nancy Puhi, Sandy (Michael) Morris; sister-in-law Dixie Arras; 11 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.

     Carol was preceded in death by her husband James E. Toenjes; her parents Edward and Florence Arras; brothers Lloyd Arras and Mitchell Arras; brother-in-law David Puhi; and grandson Nicholas Davis.

     Visitation will be held Saturday, August 14, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12:00 p.m. at C.Z. Boyer & Son, 313 Benham Street, Bonne Terre, Missouri, with Rev. Charles Henrickson officiating.  In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions be directed to:  Serenity Hospice Care, 5272 Flat River Road, Park Hills, MO 63601, or St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 340 Summit Street, Bonne Terre, MO  63628.  Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home. 

C.Z. Boyer & Son in Bonne Terre is handling the arrangements.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I will always remember her laugh and love of cards and horseshoes at Arras family get togethers.

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