ROCHESTER, MINN: Sherman W. Toensing, 85, of Rochester, died Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at St. Mary's Hospital.Sherm was born May 12, 1925 in St. Paul, MN to the late Arthur and Frances Toensing. Raised in Atwater, MN by his uncle and aunt, Walter and Luella Lindemeier, he graduated from Atwater High School. He enlisted and served in the US Navy during World War II as a signalman aboard the USS Laffey. Following his military service, Sherm began his college education at the University of Minnesota and completed his undergraduate degree at Valparaiso University in 1951. It was there he met Joan Coyner and they were married in 1951 in Waynesboro, Virginia.A lifelong educator, Sherm loved teaching geography, social studies and driver's education at Stewart, Pine Island and Rochester Mayo High Schools. He received his Master's degree from Winona State in 1972. One of his passions was coaching and he was a beloved coach and athletic director in Pine Island for many years.Sherm loved working with wood, whether it was beautiful jewelry boxes or carving birds, he often gave away these special projects for gifts. Generous in time and spirit, he offered faithful service and leadership at Trinity Lutheran Church for over 50 years. He loved to travel and crisscrossed the country many times visiting children, grandchildren, relatives and friends. He was a man who lived well and loved living. His devotion to family was the driving force in his life. Survivors include his wife, Joan, of 59 years. Children: Ellie (Tom) Wilmeth of Grafton WI, Nancy Toensing of Rochester MN, Sandy Toensing and (John Leehman) of Blacksburg VA, Scott (Kathy) Toensing of La Grange TX and Holly Toensing of Cincinnati OH. Grandfather to Nate, Emma and Dane Leehman, Emily and Alex Toensing, and Cindy and Dylan Wilmeth and Great Grandfather to Samantha Leehman. Also surviving is his sister, Merne Fagel, and many cousins, nieces and nephews who will remember "Patch".He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bud, and his son Tom.A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service. The Reverend William Otte will be the officiant. A private burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery will be held at a later date.*Memorials are suggested to St. John Parochial School of Atwater, MN; Trinity Lutheran Church of Rochester, MN or Bethany Lutheran School of Waynesboro, VA.
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Scott, Kathy, Emily and Alex, Thinking of you all and remembering you in prayer.
I am so sorry for your loss. You all are in my prayers.
God Bless You,
Sending our prayers to the Toensing family. I think the world of Scot and Kathy and can only imagine the great influence Scot's dad played in their lives. God bless you all during this time of sadness. I am also praying for safe travels for you all.
Dear Nancy & family of Sherman,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you this weekend. May the message of the resurrection ring loudly in the songs and words that you hear. We will be thinking of you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. May you find peace in knowing that he is resting in God's arms now.
Our love to you all.
Brian, Karen, Zach and Chelsea Karthauser
So sorry Kathy and Scott for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Sherm was a very special man to me and to my family. Sherm and Joan took my husband, John Brehmer,and me to live with them while John was going through cancer treatments 24 years ago. Their love to us was so heartwarming. Their children are caring also for they shared their beds with us and their time away from their parents. I am forever grateful to this family. Marilyn Brehmer
I am so sorry that I can not join you for the Celebration of the Life for Uncle Patch. I too can still see that wonderful twinkle in his eye.
May God's grace and peace be with you and the memories of the good times help the pain of loss pass quickly.
Anne and Gray Coyner
Dear Toensing Family,
Even though miles separate us, our thoughts and prayers hold you close in our hearts.
Maggie (Fischer) Isaacson & Arlene Fischer