Albert Thoni

November 30, 1928December 30, 2018
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Albert Thoni, age 90, born November 30th, 1928 to Walter Thoni and Katherine Greene died December 30th, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Eric Joseph Thoni, grandson Michael Kelley Thoni, brothers Walter Jr, John and Herman Thoni and sister Ann Nolan. Survived by his children Kevin Thoni (Debby Edmonson), Ellen Thoni Underdown (JackUnderdown), Cecilia (Kissy) Thoni Mathewson (Dennis Mathewson), and David Thoni (Ginger Kelley). He had 14 beloved grandchildren; Nicholas Thoni, Tucker Thoni (Hannah Heyer Thoni), Natalie Thoni, Eric Thoni, Rachel Thoni, Jane Underdown Hewson (David Hewson), Anna Underdown, Tess Mathewson, Cole Mathewson, Claire Thoni, Emma Thoni, Ellen Thoni, Maggie Thoni and Cora Thoni and 1 great grandchild, Vera Thoni, and dear friend and companion Jeanie Nicholson. Visitation is at Marshall Donnelly Combs Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 2 from 4:00-6:00 and visitation Thursday January 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Incarnation with Funeral Mass to follow at 10:00 a.m. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Father Ryan High School.

In his early childhood, Albert lived on a farm in Nashville, but at age 9, he and his sister Ann and brother Herman moved to St. Mary's Orphange after his mother became ill. He painted houses in order to attend Father Ryan High School in Nashville, TN where he was the president of his graduating class of 1949. He worked the switch board to support his education at St. Ambrose College in Davenport, IA. He enjoyed his 38 year long career as a CPA which included founding and running his own accounting firm, Thoni, Hinton and Warren, for 28 years. He retired at the age the age of 66 and spent his last 24 years fishing, travelling and enjoying his children, grandchildren, dear friend Jean Nicholson and devoted dogs, Willie and Molly.

Albert Cherished his Catholic faith and served on the finance board of the Diocese of Nashville for 19 years and was a long time member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 544. He was known to provide free tax services to many priests and catholic organizations.

Most importantly, Albert was known for his generosity, kindness and especially his dry wit which he kept until the end.

His life reminds us that material possessions are truly unnecessary for a full, happy life, slowing down to simply "be" rejuvenates ones soul, and that no situation is too solemn for a corny, and sometimes inappropriate, joke.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, January 3, 2019

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Jean Nicholson

January 11, 2019

Al Thoni was a man of great courage, integrity, and faith. As my dearest companion and friend for nineteen years, Al was for me a source of strength, support, and consolation. He was truly a "gentleman" and one who "acted justly, loved tenderly , and walked humbly with His God"...always and in all ways! (Micah 6:8)

Al's presence in my life was, indeed, a blessing in countless ways. To have been embraced not only by him, but also by his beautiful children and grandchildren as part of the Albert Joseph Thoni Family is, and has been for me, a "gift" of immeasurable worth. For this, I am humbled and so deeply grateful!

May we continue to revere and thank God for this man and for the Life, Love, and Laughter he generated in our lives. May God's Peace enfold him and be our consolation in our grieving.

Jeanie Nicholson

Reba Hinkle

January 8, 2019

When I was looking for a job after getting my CPA, Al was willing to hire me without experience. He became a friend even after I no longer worked at his firm. As a member of the Catholic singles group, Al was always helpful to many. He truly was generous. Even though our lives have not been close for many years, I will always remember his humor and giving nature. He will be missed.

Rebecca Thoni

January 1, 2019

My uncle Al was the sweetest, most patient, kind man I have ever known. He had the best sense of humor and could always come out with a zinger. He lived with my parents his senior year at Father Ryan so he could play football. Mama said he always wanted to help her around the house. Every year when he did our taxes he would always say he would make sure he got us a good view from the federal pen if we got audited. He will be missed and he was well loved by all that every knew him. I was truly blessed to have him as my uncle.