Barbara Mell Tolmen, 1930-2018


Barbara Joanne Mell Tolmen passed away peacefully at home on July 3, 2018 and flew into the arms of Jesus.

She is survived by her husband of almost 70 years, Charles Richard Tolmen, children Linda Tolmen Hedrick, Vicki Hilferding Clendenen, Steve Tolmen, and Mark Tolmen. She also is survived by two daughter-in-laws, Hillary Tolmen, Debra Tolmen, son-in-law Bruce Clendenen and deceased son-in-law Chris Hedrick.

Barbara was born April 18, 1930 to Joseph and Icle Mell Keen and had 10 siblings: Jack, Audrey, Gloria, Jerry, Bob, Joe, Carole, Judy, Tom and Pam. She leaves 9 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Barbara began her business career at a very young age at the Home Cafe in New Carlisle, and this spurred her desire to own her own restaurant, so thus the journey began, owning restaurants (with her husband Rich by her side) in New Carlisle, San Antonio, Ingram and Kerrville, Texas.

It was at that time they mentored a young man, Mike Piper of Kerrville, Texas, taking him under their wings and he is now owner of that restaurant and another one in Texas.

Rich and Barbara traveled extensively over the years, ending with their last trip in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor. They finally settled in Venice, Florida close to three of their four children for the last 5-6 years.

A celebration of her life will be held on September 9, 2018, Sunday from 1-4pm EST, at the dining/community room at Chicago Trail Village (where Grandma Keen and Grandma Tolmen lived).

Come join us to share memories, pictures and stories in remembrance of our wife and mother. We’d love to see our family, friends as well as any of our classmates still in the area.

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