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TOMSEN, Laura Lynn "Dolly"

Of Tonawanda, NY, born August 28, 1977. Died April 20, 2018, from complications after surgery. Survived by her parents, Timothy Y. and Linda (Shaffer) Tomsen; a brother, Timothy J. Tomsen; a beloved cat, Odo; her aunts, Bonnie Lemke, Connie (Fred) Robinson, Barbara (Bill) Jakobi, Margot Tomsen, Peter (Kim) Tomsen, Ann Tomsen, and many cousins. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Justus and Margaret Tomsen and Gerald and Mary Shaffer, and her uncles, Jim Tomsen, Jon Tomsen, and Roger Lemke. Laura loved her family and remembered each of them by calling on their birthdays and singing Happy Birthday. If she met you once and you told her your birthday, she would never forget it. She also had loving nicknames for her favorite people. She loved going on the WNY Paranormal Society's outings and to Bandits' and Sabres' games. She was a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan though, much to her Dad's consternation. She loved country music and went to many concerts in the area. Laura was an upbeat positive person who would always see the bright side of things. Laura was a certified Nursing Assistant and worked at the Buffalo Veterans Hospital. She was a US Navy Veteran. A Memorial Service to celebrate Laura's life will be held at the Church of the Nativity, United Church of Christ, 1530 N. Colvin Blvd., on Thursday at 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Suicide Prevention at Crisis Services Foundation, which was very dear to Laura's heart. Please share your online condolences by visiting

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Laura Lynn Tomsen

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Laura Lynn Tomsen

After high school graduation, Laura Lynn Tomsen attended Niagara County Community college for 2 years.  She worked at various jobs before deciding that she needed more training/education in order to have a rewarding career. Learning about the education benefits offered by the Navy, she decided, in  August 00, to enlist.  Setbacks and delays didn't deter her from her goal, and on January 3, 2001 she enlisted at the Navy Recruiting District Buffalo. Laura is the daughter of Tim and Linda Tomsen, North Tonawanda, NY

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Honor departed Veterans during the Brockport 2001 Memorial Day

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