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!
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,
She will be greatly
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!
Please accept my husband
and my heartfelt condolences in this time.
Tonia will be missed by many people.
Christine & Patrick Gerety
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.
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
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;
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.
of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for a while,
say goodbye and hug you and maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized that this could never be,
and memories would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things that 'Id miss come tomorrow.
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
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
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.
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.
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