Tonda M. (Freel) Dillon

September 09, 1970 ‒ April 27, 2021

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFELD:  Tonda M. (Freel) Dillon, age 50, of Mansfield passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in Oak Grove Manor following a battle with ALS.

She was born September 9, 1970  in Mansfield to Russell and Cheryl (Smith) Freel and graduated from Lexington High School in 1988.  She also attended Ashland University.

Tonda worked at several local daycare centers and most recently a Pre- K teacher at  Kno-Ho-Co Headstart. She also attended  Storyside Church.

She loved football, following the Redskins and the Browns.  Tonda enjoyed her time spent with family and going to the beach.  She prized her Marilyn Monroe collection and will be remembered as a selfless soul who always put others first.

She is survived by mother Cheryl Freel of Mansfield, daughter Sierra Dillon, son Jared Dillon, and their father Sean Dillon all of Bellville; Sean’s mother Thelda Dillon, a grandson Zandyn Milner, brother Gordon Freel of Mansfield, nieces Jessica (Nathaniel) Gray and Jenna Wander all of MD, Skylar Dillon Newlon and Lance Dillon both of Bellville, great nieces and nephews Graysen, Kinley, Brookelyn, Rowan and Reis; and many close friends.

She was preceded in death by her father Russell Freel in 2017.

The Dillon-Freel family would like to thank the nursing staff at Oak Grove Manor, especially Allison for their loving care and also the Northern Ohio Chapter of the ALS Association for helping the family navigate Tonda’s changing needs

Friends may call Monday, May 3, 2021 from 10 am- 11 am in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service honoring the life of Tonda Dillon will follow at 11 am.  Burial will be at Mansfield Memorial Park.

Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Friendly House or Northern Ohio Chapter of the ALS Association.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

  • Oh Cheryl, we are so saddened to hear this news. Tonda was like a daughter to us as she was always over or our girls were at your house. Our thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.
    Kay & Gerry

  • I am shocked to hear this news, I worked with Tonda at Selective Insurance years ago when Sierra and Jared were just babies. I am so sorry to hear Tonda suffered with ALS, having lost my mother to this horrible disease, I know the struggles she and her family faced. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • I am so sorry Sean. I worked at the Friendly House Preschool when Sierra was there. I remember Tonda picking her up.
    My mom passed away from ALS. We need to find a cure.

  • My heartfelt condolences to Sierra, Jared & Sean, & all of Tonda’s family. May you always feel her presence as an angel in your lives. God Bless.

  • To Sean and family, very sorry for your loss. Love one another and help each other every day it will help you to get through these trying times. Love you all. Tom Llewellyn ps I’m sure Nsncy is there to to help you

  • My heart is broken as I saw this horrific news. Tonda and I met at Ashland College. We had so much fun just talking and laughing over our breaks. To her family, I will never forget her and I know you were all the loves of her life! I was so shocked she got this horrifying disease! One day our paths will cross again! We had a great friendship and I will never forget her! I am so sorry for your loss!

    Mary Jane Ferguson

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