Toni Carol Tonelli

May 12, 1950 - October 29, 2019
Toni Carol Tonelli

Toni Carol Pomerantz Tonelli 69, of Kure Beach, NC formerly of Northbrook, IL. passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter with her loving family at her side.

Toni was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on May 12, 1950, the daughter of the late Irwin and Lois Kamin Pomerantz.

She was a loving wife, mom, grandmother, and friend to all.  Toni was also the proud owner of Tonelli’s Restaurant in Northbrook, IL.

Surviving are her husband Renato Tonelli, son Joseph Tonelli,  daughter Kim Graf and husband Tyler of Carolina Beach, brothers Rick Pomerantz and wife Jackie, and Jim Pomerantz. Grandchildren Dylan and Spencer Graf and Kaplan Tonelli. A number of nephews and nieces also survive.

A Celebration of Toni’s Life will be held at 11 am Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel with a reception to follow at Jack Mackerel’s Island Grill 113 K Ave. Kure Beach, NC 28449.

Dates for future service in Northbrook to be announced.

In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution in Toni’s memory to Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • November 03, 2019
    Sally Rees says:
    I like to call Toni a wonderfully big spirit in a little container. She always made me smile, laugh or find joy in her presence. I was very lucky to reconnect with her over the last few years. It was a gift. My heart breaks for Ray and the Tonelli, Graft & Pomerantz families. May all our prayers have some power to bring you peace.

  • November 02, 2019
    K Ritter says:
    Ray, So very sorry to hear of your loss! My heart is with you and your family. With Love, Kathie (Rodgers) Ritter

  • November 03, 2019
    Mary Pat McAuliffe says:
    My condolences and sending prayers

  • November 03, 2019
    Dennis/Jean Lauer says:
    Dennis & Jean Lauer Extend Our Condolence To Ray & His Family. RIP Toni.

  • November 03, 2019
    Dennis/Jean Lauer says:
    Ray Our Condolence To You & Your Family.