Published: Thursday, Oct. 4 2001 11:02 a.m. MDT [Deseret News]
Our beloved Toni Pingree passed away September 26, 2001, after successfully living with diagnosed ovarian cancer for nearly three years. Subsequent to her diagnosis, she chose not only to treat her cancer aggressively but to live her life to the fullest, enjoying her old friends and making new ones while traveling to several exotic locales worldwide. She died surrounded by her family and friends near her home in Park City.
Toni was born in Cleveland, Ohio October 27, 1947, the oldest child of John A. Gross and Laura Farkas Gross. The family, including her younger brother, John Jr., lived in Whittier, California until 1954, when they moved to the Salt Lake City area. Toni relished the more rural setting, and immediately fell in love with horses, learned to ride them well, and continued to ride until shortly before her death. An avid nature lover since teenage days, she enjoyed both downhill and cross-country recreation throughout her life. A minor fall while on a cross-country outing led to the diagnosis of her cancer.
Toni graduated from the University of Utah, then soon graduated again to the world of business. Toni had no peer as a people person, excelling in pharmaceutical sales and representation. The mastery of complex drug actions, reactions, and ramifications were the work of a moment for her, and she amazed those around her with her ability to bring people together both professionally and in her personal life. She was Senior Clinical Specialist for Genentech at the time of her death.
Toni was preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her brother, Jack.
To celebrate her life there will be a memorial service Saturday, October 6th, at 1:30 p.m. at the Rose Sachs Garden in Parley's Canyon.
Donations can be made to the Humane Society of the United States, Park City Friends of Animals or the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.