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Carl Roger Fonda

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 24, 2011 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | 4 Comments

Carl Roger Fonda, 82, died on Thursday, February 24, 2011, after a long illness, at The Pavilion of Croasdaile Village. He was born on May 21, 1928 in New Rochelle, New York.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM Saturday, March 5 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1737 Hillandale Road, with a reception following at the church.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rosalie Wilkes Rankin Fonda, as well as his two sons, Frederick Cole Fonda and his wife, Anne Gardner Fonda of York, Pennsylvania; John Rankin Fonda and his wife, Mitzi Lamberth Fonda of Winston-Salem; and his two daughters, Bettie Fonda Tullis and her husband, Mark Alan Tullis of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and Margaret Fonda Throneburg and her husband, Kevin Wesley Throneburg of Charlotte; and eight grandchildren, John Alan Tullis, Sarah Valentine Tullis, Michelle Anne Fonda, Katherine Elaine Fonda, Christina Leigh Fonda, Charlotte Grace Fonda, Mason Zachary Throneburg, Madison Fonda Throneburg; as well as his sister, Eugenia Fonda Johns of North Olmsted, Ohio.

He served in the US Marine Corps and graduated from Philadelphia Textile Institute in 1952. He worked in the textile industry for 38 years, retiring from Collins and Aikman in Roxboro as Director of Product Development after 29 years.

Carl was an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Durham for almost 50 years, serving as an usher, vestry member, and Senior Warden. He was active in Masonic Lodge 352 and served as Master in 1976. Carl was a member of the Holland Society of New York, the Society of Mayflower Descendents, and other genealogical societies. He was a member of the Durham Exchange Club, serving on the board of Durham Exchange Club Industries and honored as Exchangeite of the Year in 2003.

Carl’s two main hobbies were watercolor painting and golf. He was a member of both the North Carolina Watercolor Society and the Southern Watercolor Society, where he exhibited his work and won numerous awards for his art. Carl loved sports and especially golf, having won and placed in several golf tournaments. He was a member of DOGS Durham Organization of Golfing Seniors and the Triangle Senior Golf Association. He was a volunteer with the Carolina Golf Association and a past member of Willowhaven and Croasdaile Country Clubs.

The family is especially appreciative of the care he received at The Pavilion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke’s Memorial Fund in his memory or to the charity of one’s choice.


Condolences for the family of “Carl Roger Fonda”

Condolence from mary peed on February 27th, 2011 12:00 am

Roaslie. very sorry to hear of Carl`s passing. my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. please call me if i can assist you in any way sincerely. mary peed

Condolence from Faye Snow on March 3rd, 2011 12:00 am

For John Fonda,wife Mitzi and 2 beautiful daughters, Christina and Charlotte. May God watch over each of you as you and your go thru this difficult time. Loss his hard to bear but remember he will be with you and your Dad will be in a beautiful pain free heavenly place. I can imagine him ready to capture in a painting of all the glorious things he will have. I know he had and enjoyed a wonderful life. I was impressed after a conversation with him when we lost Mitzi’s Mom. He was such a gentleman and very kind. I hope you and you family have some peace with this. You know how all of your family is so special to me.

Sincerely with love,
Aunt Faye

Condolence from Betty & Pete Duty on March 6th, 2011 12:00 am

Dear Rosalie, Pete & I were so sorry to hear of Carl’s death. We didn’t know until last week that he had passed. We send you our love and condolences.

Condolence from albert j. silverstein on December 27th, 2016 10:06 am

It is with great sorrow and cherished memories that the Isaac E. Young High School Alumni Association (New Rochelle, NY) belatedly notes the passing of “Roger” Fonda (’46) as he was known to all his fellow students. The hallowed halls of our school rang out regularly with his wild sense of good humor and his quick-witted commentaries on just about any subject. And he never lost that touch; at our reunions his intelligence and spirit infused the festivities. Roger was a track star while in high school and a super ice hockey player–when he checked you, you knew you had been hit, as nothing he did or accomplished was in half-measures. Our condolences to the entire Fonda family who, while residing in our small town back then, contributed immeasurably in making it a better place for everyone.

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