Romaine E. “Rocky” Tollefson


Romaine E. “Rocky” Tollefson, 87, of Eau Claire, passed away Friday, January 20, 2023, in Eau Claire.

Romaine was born in Chimney Rock, May 25, 1935, to Arthur and Emma (Burgess) Tollefson. Rocky was a hard worker and taught his children his same work ethic. He sold cars, drove semi and worked in construction for a short time. He enjoyed old time music, fishing, being outside, picking black berries and traveling. Rocky, along with his wife, Mary, enjoyed polka dancing and would follow the Rhythm Playboys.

On August 25, 1956, Rocky married the love of his life Mary Jane Klink. Sadly, Mary Jane passed away December 31, 2013. Rocky loved his children and grandchildren unconditionally and was very proud of every one of them.

Rocky is survived by his children: Bonnie (Tom) Johnson, Randy (Kari), Mark (Kelly), Tammy (Dan) Anderson and Nancy Conrad; grandchildren: Bradley, Justin, Ryan, Brent, Maryjane, Nicole, Tyler, Mesa, Mitchell, Hannah, David, Sarah, Anson, Ashton and Braden; 33 great-grandchildren; and one on the way in the spring of 2023; sisters and brothers: Elaine Niesche, Jerome (Lois), Ellie (Tom) McMahon and Bob (Kathi); sisters-in-law: Audrey Tollefson, Dolly Tollefson, Pat Tollefson and Linda Tollefson; numerous cousins and many friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Mary; and eight brothers.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona, is assisting the family.

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