pstyle:wedobitname>Madeline Margaret Tonda ***PHOTO***Madeline Tonda died June 21 in the company of her family in Pleasanton, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. She was 88.
She was born and raised in Santa Barbara, the youngest of five children of Henry and Eugenia Favro. She graduated from Santa Barbara High School and worked in Los Angeles as a secretary during World War II. She met her future husband, Oliver from Renton, Wash., through a blind date arranged by family friends. They married in 1942 and moved to Washington for a brief time before settling in Alhambra, Calif. She was an avid tennis player, swimmer and an enthusiastic bowler, and also loved to travel.
Ms. Tonda is survived by her two children, Kathy Helfrich of Pleasanton and Gary Tonda of New York City and their spouses Joe and Linda; four grandchildren and their spouses, and two great-grandchildren. A funeral Mass was celebrated June 26 at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Pleasanton, with interment at Calvary Cemetery in Santa Barbara on June 29. Donations can be made to Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Suite 100, Dublin 94568.