Toenjes was ‘second mom’ to many


Friends of the 73-year-old Waterloo woman who died in a fatal crash in Columbia on Labor Day are remembering her as a member of their family. 

Diann Toenjes died Sept. 2 after the 2019 Ford Fiesta she was driving southbound on Route 3 went off the west side of the road and traveled on the grass shoulder for about 200 feet before hitting a concrete culvert. 

The car then became airborne, hit an embarkment and overturned. 

Toenjes was pronounced dead at the scene, while her 15-year-old granddaughter, who was a passenger in the car, was airlifted for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. 

Toenjes is survived by her children Dean (Renee) Urspruch and Holly (Travis) Kelling; stepchildren Lisa (Wesley) Lloyd and Michael (Karen) Toenjes; grandchildren Hunter, Drew, and Jorri Kelling and Logan and Grace Urspruch; step-grandchildren; sister Elaine (Roger) Toenjes; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Marilyn (Gary) Lively; nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends.

One of those friends said Toenjes was her “second mom of about 42 years.” 

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