Iyla Mae (Coon) Tobias gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. September 15, 1923 in Madison, Dane County, WI
D. November 19, 1995 in Citrus County, FL
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  • Father: Francis “Frank’ William Coon born April 25, 1904 in Wausaukee, Marinette County, WI, son of George T. Coon and Octavia (Kritz) Coon (1883-1936); married Jeannette Card on January 24, 1923 in Cook County, IL; Frank died February 1983; buried in Willow Lawn Memorial Park, Vernon Hills, Lake County, IL

According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Monday, February 28, 1983, page 10:

“COON – Frank W. Coon of Mundelein, beloved husband of Jeanette “Jean”; loving father of Iyla Mae (John) Tobias; fond brother of Helen Sofka and Russell; loving grandfather of four; great-grandfather of Janet, Sharon, James, Jennifer and John III.  Funeral Tuesday, 11 a.m. at Kristan Funeral Home, 219 Maple, Mundelein.  Visitation 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.  Interment Willow Lawn.  566-8020.”

  • Mother: Jeannette L. “Jean” (Card) Coon born July 2, 1903 in Madison, Dane County, WI, daughter of Francis Melvin “Frank” Card (1876-1954) and Jeanette Josephine “Nettie” (Van Blarcom) Card (1882-1944); Jeannette died May 19, 1997 in Florida; buried in Willow Lawn Memorial Park, Vernon Hills, Lake County, IL

According to the Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg FL) Thursday, May 22, 1997, page 104:

“COON, JEANNETTE L., 93, of Homosassa, died Monday (May 19, 1997).  Born in Madison, Wis., she came here 12 years ago from Mundelein, Ill.  She was a retired operator for Illinois Bell and a member of the Telephone Pioneers.  She was a member of Homosassa United Methodist Church.  Survivors include a sister, Julia Hummel, McFarland, Wis.; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  Hooper Funeral Home and Crematory, Homosass.”

  • Husband: John Norris Tobias born August 17, 1921 in Altoona, Blair County, PA, son of Harold Garst Tobias (1887-1965) and Zella Daphne (Haverstick) Tobias (1892-1990); married John N. Tobias on May 22, 1943 in Palm Beach County, FL; John died February 15, 1987 in Marion County, FL (See section pertaining to John Norris Tobias buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Children:
    1. Francis Jean (Tobias) O’Brien born about 1943; married C. Stephen O’Brien (of Rockford IL)
    2. John N. Tobias, Jr. born about 1944; married Phyllis (of Rockford IL)
    3. James N. “Toby” Tobias born October 14, 1950; James died October 11, 1968 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to James N. “Toby” Tobias buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
    4. Mary Jo (Tobias) (Makareqicz) Nash; married (1) Reynold Makarewicz; married (2) Michael Nash (of Homosassa Springs FL)

Additional Information:

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Madison City, Dane County, WI living at 609 Cedar, the household members were:

“Frank M. Card, head, age 54, married at age 24, born in Michigan, parents born in Michigan, occupation: yard foreman – coal company; Nettie J. Card, wife, age 48, married at age 18, born in Wisconsin, father born in Canada, mother born in Wisconsin; Matt Homme, son in law, age 24, married at age 23, born in Wisconsin, father born in Norway, mother born in Wisconsin, occupation: painter – state capitol; Julia K. Homme, daughter, age 23, married at age 22, born in Wisconsin, father born in Michigan, mother born in Wisconsin, occupation: operator – telephone company; Iyla M. Coon, granddaughter, age 6, single, born in Wisconsin, parents born in Wisconsin”

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Chicago City, Cook County, IL living at 1964 Ainslie Street, the household members were:

“Frank L. Coon, head, age 35, married, highest grade completed: H2, born in Wisconsin, lived in same place in 1935, occupation: tester and assembler – games factory; Jeannette S. Coon, wife, age 36, married, highest grade completed: H2, born in Wisconsin, lived in same place in 1935, occupation: telephone operator – telephone company; Ilya Mae Coon (absent), daughter, age 16, single, highest grade completed: H3, born in Wisconsin, lived in same place in 1935”

According to the Capital Times (Madison WI) Sunday, June 6, 1943, page 13:

   Mr. and Mrs. Frank Card announce the marriage of their granddaughter, Miss Iyla Mae Coon, Chicago, Ill., to Corp John N. Tobias, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold G. Tobias, Dayton, O.
   The Rev. J. G. Robinson of the Presbyterian church, Delray Beach, Fla., performed the ceremony at 7 p.m., May 22, at the home of Mrs. Laura Hand.  The bride wore a yellow suit with blue accessories and a corsage of orchids.  Mrs. Hand was matron of honor and Corp. Robert G. Barrett, Charlotte, N. C., was best man.  A reception followed the service.
   The couple is residing in the Cason apts., 119 N. Swinton ave., Delray Beach.  Corp. Tobias is an instructor at Beca Raton field.”

According to the 1950 U.S. Census for Baraboo City, Sauk County, WI living at 110 9th Ave, the household members were:

“John Tobias, head, age 32, married, born in Wisconsin, Occupation: Lineman – Telephone Co.; Iyla Mae Tobias, wife, age 27, married, born in Wisconsin, Was he living in this same house a year ago?: What country were his father and mother born in?: U.S., What is the highest grade of school that he has attended?: S8, Did he finish this grade?: Yes; Jean Tobias, daughter, age 07, never married, born in Wisconsin; John Tobias, son, age 06, never married, born in Wisconsin; Lois Fossen, foster child, age 05, never married, born in Wisconsin; Robert Fossen, foster child, age 04, never married, born in Wisconsin; Ralph Waters, foster child, age 02, never married, born in Wisconsin”

According to the Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg FL) Wednesday, November 22, 1995, page 94:

   “TOBIAS, IYLA MAE, 72, of Riverhaven Village, Homosassa, died Sunday (Nov. 19, 1995). Born in Madison, Wis., she came here 10 years ago from Round Lake Park, Ill.  She was the owner of the South Sea Gift Shop, Racine, Wis., and a member of First United Methodist Church, Homosassa.  She was a member of the Easter Star, Homosassa Springs Chapter, the Homosassa Garden Club and the Shadowwood Association of Riverhaven; and a member and past board member and officer of the River haven Community Club.  Survivors include a son, John N. Jr., Rockford, Ill.; two daughters, F. Jean O’Brien, Aurora, Ill., and Mary Nash, Homosassa; her mother, Jeannette C. Coon, Homosassa; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandson.  Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.”

According to the Rock Register Star (Rockford IL) Thursday, November 23, 1995, page 4C:

Iyla Mae Tobias, 72
   ROUND LAKE – Iyla Mae Tobias, 72, of Homosassa, Fla., formerly of Round Lake, passed away Sunday, Nov. 19, 1995, at her home.  Born Sept. 15, 1923, in Madison, Wis., daughter of Frank and Jeannette C. Coon.  She owned and operated the South Sea Gift Shop in Racine, Wis., for many years before retiring.  Members of First United Methodist Church, Homosassa, Order of Eastern Star-Homosassa Springs Chapter and Homosassa Garden Club.  Also, a past board member as well as an officer of Riverhaven Communit Club.  Member of Shadowwood Association of Riverhaven.  Survivors include her son, John N. (Phyllis) Tobias Jr. of Rockford; two daughters, F. Jean (C. Stephen) O’brien of Aurora and Mary (Michael) Nash of Homosassa; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; and her mother, Jeannette C. Coon of Homosassa.  Predeceased by father, Frank, husband, John N. Tobias Sr., and son, James N. Tobias.
   Graveside services at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, in fort Hill Cemetery, Round Lake.  Visitation 3 to 8 p.m.  Friday, Nov. 24, in DIETERLE MEMORIAL HOME, 1120 S. Broadway, Aurora, 11-22-3″