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Tonia Marie Richardson, 46, of Carlisle, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She was born on Sunday, January 31, 1965, in Carlisle, a daughter of the late Wanda B. (Gobantes) Smitz and Curtis Smitz of Carlisle.

Tonia was a 1982 graduate of Carlisle High School and served in the Army from 1983 to 1985. She was employed the last four years with the Strategic Studies Institute at the U. S. Army War College and was formerly employed with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 16 years. Tonia was a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and the Haines-Stackfield American Legion Post 826, both of Carlisle.

She is survived by her father, Curtis (and his wife, Linda) Smitz of Carlisle, her husband of 26 years, Linwood Richardson, Jr., one son, Linwood Richardson, III of Carlisle, one daughter, Salvaila Winter Richardson at home, one brother, Matthew Smitz of Townsend, DE, one sister, Angela Smitz-Wood of Carlisle, her paternal grandmother, Mildred B. Jones and host of nieces, nephews and friends.  In addition to her mother, Tonia was preceded in death by a brother, Recardo Gobantes, her maternal grandmother, Lucinda (Greene) Gobantes, her aunt, Wilma Hall and her uncle, Genaro Gobantes.                                                          

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. in the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Lincoln & West Streets, Carlisle. Rev. Fred Johnson will officiate. Viewing will be held on Wednesday from 12:00 noon until time of the services. A time of fellowship will immediately follow the services at the church. Burial with military honors will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.

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She was one of the Finest Women I have ever met. Her caring nature and infectious smile got to you everytime.  She will be Missed! May She Rest in Peace in the Arms of the Lord!

Karen Slusser
I will remember Tonia as a vivacious high school freshman in my English class, as the loving mother of Linwood, who also sat in my freshman English class, and as the beloved daughter of Curtis.  Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of this wonderful daughter, mother, and wife.
  She will be greatly missed.

Marsha Mentzer
My deepest sympathies to the family.  Tonia was a beautful person and she definitely put up a good fight.  You will remain in my prayers!

Dana Drew

Please accept my husband and my heartfelt condolences in this time.
Tonia will be missed by many people.

Christine & Patrick Gerety
A time of peace has come to you
for the LORD has seen you through.....You will be missd dearly by all your loved ones...I am gonna miss you my friend.............untl we meet again....rest dear tonia rest in peace....you have earned your wings and your seat in heaven.............LOVE YOUR AQUARIAN SISTER
My heart goes out to the Richardson and Smitz families. Although I knew her briefly, her smile and personality could never be matched. I pray that God sees your families through this time of loss.

Tawnya Brown

 To the Richardson family. 
 Our hearts are heavy right now with the passing of a dear and loving friend.  May God continue to bless you and your family in this time of need.

Shervonia & Clarence Mason

Rest in peace beautiful lady.  You are in good hands now. 
No more pain.

The Evans Family
 Godspeed beautiful child.

 If tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things we didn't get to say.
I know how much you care for me, and how much I care for you,
and each time that you think of me I know you'll miss me too;

But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand,
and said my place was ready in heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye,
for all life, I'd always thought I didnt want to die.
I had so much to live for and so much yet to do.
it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for a while,
I'd say goodbye and hug you and maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized that this could never be,
for emptiness and memories would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things that 'Id miss come tomorrow.
I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through Heaven's gates, I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne,
He said, "This is eternity and all Ive promised you,
Today your life on earth is past but here its starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last.
and since each days the same, there's no longing for the past.

But you have been so faithful, so trusting, so true.
Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn't do.
And you have been forgiven and now at last you're free.
So won't you come and take my hand and share my life with me?"

So if tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me, please know I'm in your heart.
(© 1993 David M Romano)

 A fellow Penn Street tiger
 Words cannot even begin to explain the hurt I have in my heart for my dear friend and prior coworker. She was my right hand girl at one point. My older sister and I truly will miss her dearly. I can't even really believe she has left me but I am so glad God has her now and she is at a peace that is greater then the peace we will ever have here on earth. I love you Tonia and know we will meet again on the other side.

Shelly D. Mock-Lee

 Well Friend, you fought the good fight and God gave you grace to run this race and now you're gone up yonder; keep smiling.  To the family, I pray the Lord's will comfort and strength you.

Linda A. Manning
You were a beautiful and precious jewel.We were blessed to be in your illuminating presence. We will truly miss you and always love and honor you.

Gail Edwards

Rest in peace Tonia.
 Our paths crossed only for a brief time in this life, but you were a great friend that I have never forgotten. My sincerest sympathies go out to her family.

Steve Bowden

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