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Tonda Watrous

July 16, 1963 ~ July 2, 2019 (age 55)


Tonda JoAnn Watrous, 55, of Mancelona, passed away on Tuesday July 2, 2019 at her home surrounded by loved ones.  She was born on July 16, 1963 in Traverse City, MI.

She married the love of her life, Andrew Watrous, on August 18, 2001 in Alden, MI.  The most important thing in Tonda’s life was her family, especially her grandchildren.  She was an extremely kind hearted woman, and treated anyone and everyone as family, even if they weren’t.  You always had to be on your toes at her house, because you never knew when she was going to be waiting around the corner to scare you.  She loved to spend time outside; whether it was hunting, traveling to the U.P., collecting Petoskey Stones(by the bucket), or mushroom hunting.  She also enjoyed puzzles, especially crossword puzzles.

Tonda is survived by her husband, Andrew Watrous; her parents, Jerry (Kathy) Schram of Mancelona; three children, Nichole Bacon of Williamsburg, Brooke Wilson (Matt Phillips) of Mancelona, and Dakota Orman of Mancelona; seven brothers, Jerry (Kathy) Schram of Illinois, Terry Schram of Mancelona, Toby Schram of Mancelona, Todd (Kathy) Schram of Washington, Benny Ottgen of Traverse City, Carl (Trish) Schwabe of Indiana, and Craig (Sheila) Schwabe of Traverse City; six grandchildren, Hank, Braxton, Sawyer, Beauman, Jayyden, and Waylon; two sister in laws, Becky Watrous of Bellaire, and Cherie Watrous of Bellaire; her mother and father in law, Dave (Edna) Watrous of Bellaire; her step mother, Suzie Ottgen of Bellaire; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Marvin and Dana Borst; and her biological father, Dolph Ottgen.

Visitation will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday July 5, 2019 at the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday July 6, 2019 at the Mancelona Free Methodist Church, 10725 Darragh Rd, Mancelona, MI 49659.

Memorial contributions may be made to Antrim County Breast Cancer Prevention, PO Box 218, Bellaire, MI 49615.

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Arrangements have been handled by the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

To send flowers to Tonda's family, please visit our floral section.


July 5, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Mancelona Chapel
205 W. State Street
Mancelona, MI 49659

Funeral Service
July 6, 2019

2:00 PM
Mancelona Free Methodist Church
10725 Darragh Road
Mancelona, MI 49659

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