Reunions: Torneden Family
The 62nd annual Torneden reunion was Sunday, Sept. 9, at the VFW Hall in Tonganoxie.
This year's reunion attracted more than 70 family members to the event, hosted by Marvin and Myrtle Jones and their families. They were assisted by daughter Angie Tillisch, son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Kathy Jones, and granddaughters Jennifer Daniels and Cassidy Jones.
During opening remarks Myrtle Jones read Psalm 116, verses 7,8 and 9. The passage as read at the funeral of John Bernard Torneden, who with his wife Caroline Altenberd Torneden, came to the United States and then to Kansas in 1869 with their nine children (seven sons and two daughters).
They first lived for a time in the Eudora bottoms with her brother, Conrad Altenbernd, and his family for several mouths, and then settled just over the Johnson County line in Lexington Township on land that later became a part of the Sunflower Ordnance Works. The sons and daughters then married, and today there are Torneden descendants numbering more than 1,200 scattered throughout northeast Kansas and the United States. John Bernard Torneden died June 12, 1907, and is buried in Eudora Cemetery.
During the program, Myrtle made note of the many family members who are named for ancestors, and especially the girls and women who have derivations of the name Caroline or Karolina, which is the feminine derivative of Carl (Karl) or Charles. It was also noted that Lena, CarIee, Karla, Charlene, Carolyn, and many other like names are variations of Caroline, and that the many Carolines and Lenas in the family were strong, admirable women who worked hard and raised fine, upstanding children and were skilled in many areas.
Those who attended this year's reunion were Frank Henak, Wanda and Michael Paver, Earl and Diane Henak, and Larry Henak, Kansas City, Kan.; Ken and Joyce Ranes, Roeland Park; Lawrence, Connie and James Torneden, Lola Mae Torneden, Marvin and Marvel Torneden, and Howard and Lorene Cox, Linwood; Gaylord and Phoebe Torneden Schneck, Gary Engle, Dora Charlene Torneden Bussart, and Julie and Mikayla Smith, Oskaloosa; Jeanne Torneden, Patty Johnston, Troy, Christine, Caleb and Carlee Torneden, Raymond and Caroline Torneden Flory, Jeanne Torneden Waisner, Alice Tomeden Shirk, Charles and Rebecca Tomeden Johnson and Camren and Bryce Johnson, Katherine Jolea Cob, Harold Torneden and Dacia Torneden, all of Lawrence; Rod and Corrine Torneden and Casey and Sebrina Torneden, all of Wellington; Tonya Torneden Bernd and Rosalyn, Reagan and Tanner Bernd, Belle Plaine; Jeanne Gantz, Grantville; Dorothy Gantz, Perry; Greg and Laura Torneden and Stanett Torneden, Overbrook; Linda and Chuck Gantz, Valley Falls; Leonard and Leslie Cobb, and Karla Gantz Pattee, Topeka; Lisa Traglio and Lily Garrison, Leavenworth; Del and Nadine Torneden Garrison, Jeff, Kathy and Cassidy Jones, and Angie Jones Tillisch, McLouth; and Marvin and Myrtle Torneden Jones and Scott and Jennifer Daniels and Ryan and Katie Malone of Tonganoxie.
The volunteer committee members for the 2008 reunion are Karla Gantz Pattee, Dorothy Gantz and Howard and Lorene Cox, and the site will likely be the American Legion Hall in Perry, with the date to be selected by the committee.
The first Torneden reunion was in September 1945 in Clinton Park in Lawrence. Through the years the reunions have been staged annually in September with sites selected by the volunteer committee members. For many years the reunions were at the Douglas County fairgrounds, but have also been in Perry, Eudora, Linwood, and at Kanwaka Hall, west of Lawrence.