Tena Tomes


Tena Agnes Tomes, 98 years old, died early Thursday morning, December 24, 2020, at the Clara City Care Center. Her funeral will be at St. Clara’s Catholic Church in Clara City, MN on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. with burial immediately after the service. Due to Covid-19 concerns, the funeral and burial will be for immediate family only. The funeral will be live streamed and accessible on the St. Clara Catholic Church website. A celebration of her life will be planned for summer 2021 and open to friends and family. Arrangements with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home.

Tena was born to Eilert and Antina Grussing on May 2, 1922, in the small village of Scharrel, near Cologne, Germany. At the age of four years, she immigrated with her family to Minnesota, settling in the Clara City area. She married Ervin Tomes on June 19, 1947 and they lived on the Tomes family farm where they raised their four children. Tena was a true homemaker and took pride in her impeccable home and large gardens. Many friends and family were appreciative of her baking skills! She was an active member of St. Clara’s Catholic Church and faith was very important to her. Ervin and Tena spent many winters in south Texas where they made many new friends. They retired to Clara City and later moved to assisted living and the Care Center.

When asked what words described Tena, her family said peaceful, loving, accepting, generous, saintly, wonderful and above all, kind. Tena always saw the best in people.

Tena and Ervin are survived by three of their children, a son-in-law, and families:

David (Mary) Tomes of Clara City and their children, Michelle (Rosendo) Delgadillo; John Tomes; Scott (Lynn) Tomes; and Katie (Patrick) Nemec. Karen Tomes of Burnsville. Ken (Mary) Tomes of Lake Elmo and their children Greg; Christie (Steve) Roffers; Anna (Ben) Havelka; and Angie (Carl) Knudson. Gary (Vivian) Imdieke of The Villages, FL and children Elizabeth (Mike) Henry; Michael (Rachel) Imdieke; Teresa (fiancée Calvin) Imdieke and numerous great grandchildren.

Tena is also survived by siblings Edna Kleene, Henrietta Hagemeyer, Gordon Grussing (Geneva), and Eunice Onnen and many nieces and nephews.

Tena was preceded in death by husband, Ervin, daughter Peggy Imdieke, sister Gertrude Boike, brother, Dan Grussing, great granddaughter Rosemary Knudson and numerous brother and sister-in-laws.

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