Tonda Rae (Harbison) Silinsky

Born: Sat., Feb. 14, 1942
Died: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Celebration of Life


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Mar. 02, 2019
Location: Southview Grace Brethren Church

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Tonda Rae Silinsky age 77, of Ashland, passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at her residence.  She was born February 14, 1942 in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of Everett William and Virginia Jane (Kelly) Harbison.  Tonda graduated from Belmont High School in 1960, afterward attending Central Academy School of Arts where she honed her “God-given gift” as a talented artist, illustrator, and designer.  Tonda had been a resident of Ashland for the past 31 years.  She was employed as an artist with Landoll Publishing, where she illustrated countless coloring and children’s books.  She retired as the manager of Samaritan Hospital’s gift shop where many employees, volunteers, patients, and their families found warm conversation and a kind smile.  Tonda had been an active member of Park St. Brethren Church and a member of the Richland County Lithic and Lapidary Society.  She enjoyed painting, arranging flowers, designing unique jewelry, interior decorating and selling her one of a kind work at craft shows.

On May 22, 1999 Tonda married Paul Stephen Silinsky who preceded her in death in May 2018.  Survivors include her daughters, Karen Rae (Travis) Keefer of Ashland, Shelly Nalle of Jeromesville, and Cheryl Nalle of Ashland; her grandchildren, Tatum, Reese, Kenlie, and Presley Keefer, Addison Nalle- Icenhour, and Tanner Nalle; along with her great grandson, Zaiden Mann.  In addition to her husband Paul, Tonda was preceded in death by her parents.

A Celebration of Tonda’s Life will be held at Southview Grace Brethren Church on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.  with Pastor Mark Able officiating.  Friends may visit with the family during that time. Heyl Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions may be made in Tonda’s memory to the Ashland County Cancer Association at or to Life Care Hospice of Wooster at

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Jeannie Bierbower
   Posted Sat February 23, 2019
So very sorry for your loss, Tonda was a great friend and neighbor. I will treasure all my memories of good times. Sympathy and prayers to you all at this time, she will be greatly missed. Jeannie & Garten Bierbower

jean and tom whittemire
   Posted Mon February 25, 2019
Dear Shelley and family, please accept our feelings of love for you and your family at this time. Jean was very close to Tonda by knowing and enjoying her time with her at the Samaritan gift shop. Jean said she was always full of love and very caring to employees and those that visited with her in her beautiful shop. I remember how lovely she always decorated and with her many ideas. she always found a way to make the most out of the space that she had to work with. Take care and know that we are thinking about you and yours. tom and jean whittemire

Jan Garlock
   Posted Tue February 26, 2019
Dear Karen & Family,

I'm so sorry to hear of your mother/grandmother's passing. Hold on to your memories and praise the Lord that one day you'll meet again.

Cheryl (Austen) Westfall
   Posted Thu February 28, 2019
I was fortunate to know Tonda for many years. We met when we were both single women in the 90's and our daughters were going to AHS together.

I have always been impressed by Tonda's amazing knowledge of a vast variety of subjects and her wonderful artistic talent that I envy. A year ago I sat with her in a painting class and watched her masterfully complete her painting--mine is unfinished under my kitchen table--oh, well!

I hope her family will be able to find peace with their loss of a marvelous person and know how much she was loved by so many. My prayers are with you.
Cheryl (Austen) Westfall

Mary Jane St John
   Posted Thu February 28, 2019
I met Tonda in Cincinnati a long time ago. We were friends off and on for the last fifty plus years. My heart is very sad.

Tricia Applegate
   Posted Fri March 08, 2019
I'm very late to offer my condolences, but I just saw Tonda's obituary and am in shock. My basset, Elvis, and I would walk pass Tonda's home frequently and would stop for visits. Unfortunately, due this the winter's cold temperatures, we weren't out much. I know things were difficult for her since Paul's passing and she missed him dearly. It is nice to know that they are both free from pain and together again. I have a few pieces of Tonda's creations including a peacock wreath which is one of my favorite pieces. I will think of her every time I see it. Blessings to her family and friends.

Kathryn Gaskill Mereness
   Posted Tue March 12, 2019
To Tonda Rea's family: I am so sorry for you loss. Tonda Rea was a wonderful friend all through high school and beyond. She was always a very talented artist. We spent happy hours together at the Cincinnati Art Museum. I know she will be terribly missed. I extend my sincerest condolences.

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