Cornelia "Connie" Tuomi

June 6, 1919September 7, 2013

Cornelia (Mobberly) Tuomi, 94, passed away Saturday, September 7, 2013 at her home surrounded by her family following a brief illness. Memorial services will be 12 p.m. Thursday, September 12 at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time. A private family interment will be at Resthaven Cemetery at a later date.

Connie was born June 6, 1919 in Amarillo, TX and she attended Texas University for Women Business College. Connie worked in Washington D.C. for a year before enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard (SPARS), serving two years and three months during WWII. While stationed in New Orleans she met her future husband of 57 years, on a blind date, a captain in the Army, Eino. They moved to the Des Moines area after the war where Connie was a mom to her three children and worked in the WDM School District. She was a member of Rebecca’s Circle Women’s Club, WDM Lionesses, YMCA exercise class, and several bridge clubs. She enjoyed traveling, reading, and being with friends and family. Connie was always willing to volunteer and was kind and generous to everyone. She was adored by all her family.

Connie is survived by her daughter, Barbara Lyons; son, Stephen (Lorraine); three grandchildren, Shannon (Bill) Davis, Kimberly Hutchins and Samuel (Chris) Pace-Tuomi; two-step grandchildren, Kimberly McDonald, Amanda Morris, five great-grandchildren, Alysia (Scott) Brueck, Joshua Hutchins, Delia, Zoe, Tabitha Sanburg; eight step-great grandchildren, Nathaniel, Garth and Krista Rose McDonald, Julie Anne and Evan Morris, Billie Jr., Dalton and Emily Davis; three great-great grandchildren, Gracie, Michael and Evelyn Brueck; and sister, Mary Newgent.

She was preceded in death by her husband and son, Bert.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or her church.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 12, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cornelia "Connie" Tuomi

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Phyllis Garcia

September 10, 2013

What a beautiful, gentle, caring and loving person who gathered many friendships on her journey in life. I was honored to know her.

Marilyn Hutchins

September 10, 2013

She was one of the most elegant ladies I have had the pleasure of knowing. I will miss her. She had a beautiful long life. One we all wish and hope to have. She had such strength, vitality and love. My prayers are with those who knew and loved her.

alysia brueck

September 10, 2013

I love you so much grandma Ill miss you forever

Corey H

September 9, 2013

You've been a strong force to your family & those who came into it. We're happy for the long life you lived and we're going to miss you.