Mrs. Hazel D. Tontz

  • Born: August 4, 1921
  • Died: February 11, 2014
  • Location: Annandale, Virginia

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6161 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22044
Tel. (703) 532-5161

Tribute & Message From The Family

Hazel D. Tontz was born August 4, 1921 in Geary, Oklahoma to William Finley and Lu Ella (Hinger) Crothers. She passed away Tuesday, February 11. 2014 at her home in Annandale, Virginia at the age of 92 from natural causes. Hazel was raised on a wheat farm along with her nine siblings and she graduated from Geary High School. Her family remained very dear to her throughout her life. She was united in marriage to Dr. Robert L. Tontz, PhD on June 10, 1944. In 1948 she graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. degree in Home Economics. The family moved to the Falls Church, Virginia area in 1957. She was an active and dedicated member of the First Christian Church, Falls Church, Virginia. Hazel worked over twenty one years teaching at Canterbury Woods Elementary School in Fairfax County. Hazel lived in Paris, France from 1968 to 1971 where her husband was detailed to the O.E.C.D. as a diplomat with the US State Department. She enjoyed attending the American Church in Paris as well as entertaining friends and relatives while living and traveling in Europe including the Soviet Union. She was a member of the Land Ladies Club and the American Home Economics Association. She enjoyed ballroom dancing, gardening, cooking, traveling and watching her grandson grow up in her later years. She was a warm, giving and loving soul. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lu Ella Crothers, four brothers, Lester, Donald, Lawrence, Roy and three sisters, Mildred (Arnold), Ester (Johnson), and Florence. Survivors include her husband of almost 70 years of marriage, Dr. Robert L. Tontz, PhD of Annandale, Virginia; son, John W. Tontz (Nicole) of Reston, Virginia; daughter, Brenda K. Tontz of Alexandria; brother, Douglas Crothers of Los Angeles, California; sister, Fern Davis of Sacramento, California; grandson, Sean R. Tontz of Fairfax City, Virginia. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at First Christian Church, Falls Church, Virginia at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the charitable organization of your choice.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Mr. John you & your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I know your mom was lovely person because you are. Be blessed!

Posted by Sharlene Sawyer    March 01, 2014

I am so sorry I will not be able to attend the funeral. Sending my thoughts, prayers, and love to the Tontz family.

Posted by Dee Neuendorf - Arlington, VA - Friend of John Tontz   February 28, 2014

It was a joy to know Mrs. Tontz since 2004. She always visited with her daughter Brenda and I very much admired their special relationship with obvious caring and respect. My thoughts and prayers are with the Tontz family.

Posted by Amy Stone - Fairfax, VA   February 26, 2014

Hazel was such a gem. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Posted by Bob and Joan Walla - Alexandria, VA - Neighbor   February 25, 2014

Robert , John , Brenda are Prayers are with you all and our deepest Sympathy and Condolences let god's love comfort you all she will be deeply missed by all who knew her

Posted by Barney Gillett & Betty Gillett - Howard, KS - cousin   February 22, 2014

I am deeply saddened by the passing of my beloved aunt. I am grateful we always remained in close contact, and am particularly fortunate that we had a visit in Annandale this past September. My condolences go out to Uncle Robert, her devoted husband and to John, son, Brenda Kay, daughter and to grandson, Sean as well as to Nicole wife if John and loyal daughter-in-law. Rest in peace, dear Aunt Hazel. Love, Alvin

Posted by V. Alvin Hester - Palm Springs, CA - Nephew   February 22, 2014

Robert, may God's love comfort you and your family in this time of your loss. Although our paths didn't cross very many times, we have heard good things about your family over the years. Helen Tontz Gillett was my Mother.

God bless you and your family.

Bill and Clara Gillett

Posted by Bill & Clara Gillett - Rolla, MO - Cousin   February 21, 2014

My condolences to Robert and the family. I know she was a wonderful partner, mother and grandmother to you and will be greatly missed.

Posted by Len Tontz - Guthrie, OK - Cousin   February 21, 2014


Our world is a little less bright since you have left us, Hazel. You were such a wonderful friend to everyone you met! Your family adored you, and we will miss your smiling face and cheerful words. Thanks for all your kindnesses, including the chocolate chip cookies you sent to me! Best wishes to your family from Charlene Stewart <3>

Posted by Charlene Stewart j - Washington, DC - Friend of family, espec Brenda   February 21, 2014