Antoinette “Toni” Gertrude Walker

Toni passed away peacefully on October 15th at the age of 79 after a long battle with the COVID virus.

Beloved wife of William (Bill) for 54 years, loving mother of Mary Helen (Michele) Walker, Rebecca Anne (Troy) Todd, Kelly Lynn (Tim) Sullivan, proud grandmother of Kyle William Todd, Kelsey Lynn Todd, Grace Anne Sullivan, Molly Toben Sullivan, and Shea Walker Frost, dear sister of the late Mary Griffin, cherished daughter of the late Sylvester (Bud) and Mary Toben, also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Toni was a long-time member of The St. Louis Women’s Club, Algonquin Golf Club, and St. Vincent De Paul Parish.

Due to the COVID pandemic, the family is having a private visitation. A celebration of life will be planned for a later date.

Toni’s joys in life were spending time with family and closely following and participating in her 5 grandkid’s activities. Toni cherished her time with Bill and all their travels. Toni loved playing the game of Mah Jongg and Pitch with family and friends.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions can be made to St. Vincent De Paul Parish, 1408 S. 10th St., St. Louis, MO 63104.


  1. Patty Keller on October 18, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Becky, I was so sorry to hear from Timmy that your mother died. She was such a sweet lady and I know she will be missed terribly. I will remember her, as well as your family, in my prayers.
    Patty Keller

  2. Barbara Van de Riet on October 18, 2020 at 9:40 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed seeing you both at 4:30 Mass at St. Vincents.
    You are in my prayers. Rely on your faith in God to help you through this time.
    God bless

  3. Steve & Mary Frank on October 18, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Dear Bill, Mary Helen, Becky & Kelly,
    We are so sadden to hear of Toni’s passing away. What a fun and vivacious person.
    We remember all the fun times when both of us lived in Webster Forest. Toni was such a help especially with Emily. The soccer and basketball games were our gathering spot. Visitation was such a positive move for Emily – thank you.
    I remember also Toni’s story of President Truman and Bess stopping at her father’s ice cream store.
    Toni will be missed. Know you are in our daily thoughts and prayers.

  4. Peggy & Roger Steinbecker on October 18, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Too little space here and faulty memories to recount all the ways in which Toni (along with Bill, Mary Helen, Becky & Kelly) impacted the Steinbecker lives over many decades. A dear friend, neighbor, confidant, source of joy — just a few of Toni’s roles that intersected with us.

    I am sure this beautiful person, inside and out, has already been welcomed by the Blessed Mother and the Holy Trinity to a spiritual place, without the pain she endured on this launching pad called earth!

  5. Amy/Flips on October 18, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    To all the Walkers, I’m so sorry. Mrs. W was always so lovely and hospitable to me and called me Flips, which I always loved. And I remember she made the BEST burgers. Love to you all. Wish I could give you all real hugs but virtual will have to do for now.

    Much love,

  6. Lois Milford on October 18, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Dear Bill, What a sad day to read that my friend Toni died. Toni was a one in a million.I was honored to call her my friend.
    I cherish the times we spent, lunches, golf. I feel fortunate to have enjoyed her abundant hospitality, Bill you have my prayers and sympathy along with your extended Family. There’s no doubting how much Toni will be missed by all that had the pleasure of her
    company and her wealth of Hospitality, Love and Prayers, Lois ilford

    Dear Bill, what a sad day to read that Toni died. She was a wonderful friend and I felt blessed to call her mine.
    Dear Bill, What a sad day to read that Toni died. We spent laughing good times together, playing golf,lunches,and she was a warm and

  7. Mike and Maureen Bartell on October 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Dear Walker Family, We we’re saddened to hear of Toni’s passing. Such fond memories of carpooling to school, the girls babysitting our boys and neighborhood fun. Your family will be in our prayers in the days ahead.
    Mike and Maureen Bartell

  8. Mike and Maureen Bartell on October 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Dear Walker Family, We we’re saddened to hear of Toni’s passing. Such fond memories of carpooling to school, the girls babysitting our boys and neighborhood fun. Your family will be in our prayers in the days ahead.

  9. Brian Bertrand on October 18, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Dear Mary Helen and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

    Our condolences,
    The Bertrand family.

  10. Patrick F. Walker on October 19, 2020 at 7:50 am

    Dear Bill Walker Family,
    We were deeply saddened to hear of Aunt Toni’s passing. I was already looking forward to my Aunt Toni time and visiting with her at the reunion next summer. She always lit up the room when she came in and it was so fun to watch as she danced her way into the hearts of everyone she knew. She so loved her extended family and seemed to have the best of times at all of the wonderful get together’s we have had over the years. It was so much fun growing up with her and I’ll always cherish out special talks and advise. She was a wonderful aunt and I can hear her infectious laugh and her voice calling me over for a sit-down Toni chat. My sincerest condolences – she will be greatly missed. God Bless Aunt Toni

  11. The Corcoran Family on October 19, 2020 at 7:55 am

    We are so very sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  12. Gary O'Banion on October 19, 2020 at 9:40 am

    To Bill & family: I am so saddened to learn about Toni’s passing. She was so impactful during my time in St. Louis, and has remained a valued friend in the years since. Terri remembers with gratitude how friendly and supportive Toni was to her and other PW spouses and family members. Please accept our sincere condolences and prayers for your family. God Bless.

  13. thomas j. hutton on October 19, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    To the Walker Family.My deepest sympathy.Tom Hutton.

  14. Benedicts on October 19, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Mr. Walker, Mary Helen, Becky and Kelly,
    We were all so sad to hear about Mrs. Walker.
    We are very sorry for your loss.

  15. Carol Carter Reed on October 19, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Mary Helen, So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Some people’s moms are so easy to remember, even after 30+ years of not seeing her, and your mom is one of those. I remember getting ready at your house for high school dances and she would be so welcoming and joyful. She was one of those moms that seemed so happy and encouraging. Prayers for your family.

  16. Tom and Lynn Hedrick on October 19, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    We were deeply saddened after hearing of Toni’s illness and passing. Many prayers were said for her during this time. We enjoyed the short time we got to know her through St. Pat events. May God’s Grace be with you family during this time of deep loss.
    Tom and Lynn Hedrick

  17. Mary Ann Young. on October 19, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Bill & family,
    Toni was such a delight, always friendly & so hospitable to me, her new neighbor.
    I remember her looking so pretty in bright pink.
    She was lovely! Will definitely miss her.
    Here if you ever need anything .
    Mary Ann Young

  18. mike bruno on October 19, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Bill and the girls,
    During our lives we often come in contact with people who leave an impression on us…one that seems to stay forever. Such was the case with Toni. Just a fun gal to be around…. always with that twinkle in her eye…probably looking to cause some trouble! Made us laugh…often!
    Sorry we didn’t get to see more of you all after you moved out of the Hood.
    Bill, please accept our most sincere condolences. Know that we are thinking of all of you and praying for you during this most difficult time. Please remember us to the girls also. They were special too!
    Mike and Kathy Bruno

  19. Marty Daume Novack on October 19, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Bill and Family,

    Bob & I are so sorry to learn of Toni”s death. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. The Toben Family were all our friends. It was enjoyable seeing Toni (and you) at the McCooey Reunions. Sincerely, Marty (and Bob) Daume Novack

  20. Sabrina Warfield-Alleyne on October 20, 2020 at 6:28 am

    To the Walker family my condolences and deepest sympathy.

    Sabrina Warfield-Alleyne

  21. Frank Dunne on October 20, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Dear Bill and family
    We are truly sorry and sad for your loss of our dear Toni. She was so much fun and so generous to include us in your lives. We will miss her laughter and teasing and smile. Know that we are lifting up our prayers for all of you.
    Love Frank and Nancy Dunne.

  22. Tom Hedrick on October 20, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Dear Bill,

    With great sadness we express our condolences to you and your family, Many prayers were said during Toni’s illness and continue through this time of loss for you and your family.

    Tom and Lynn Hedrick

  23. Jack and Jane Buelt on October 20, 2020 at 11:47 am

    One of the many things we loved about Toni was her sense of humor. We are going to sadly miss her humorous and entertaining emails. She had a quick wit and liked to lovingly poke fun. Her upbeat manner no matter what issues she had to deal with is an inspiration to all of us as we go through the ups and downs of our daily lives. She loved Bill and her family and to them please know that we share in your loss and will continue to pray for all of you.

    Jack and Jane Buelt

  24. Tracy Kmetz on October 20, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom.

  25. Karen Gosebrink Evans on October 20, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Mary Helen,
    My deepest condolences to your entire family — I did not know your mom well but I am certain her light shines brightly in you.

  26. Antoinette (Toni) Griffin on October 20, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Dear Uncle Bill, Mary Helen, Becky, and Kelly,

    We are heartbroken and so very sorry for your loss. These past few days I’ve been seeing images of Aunt Toni at our family gatherings… her beautiful smile, bubbling laugh, and joyous spirit. She had the most wonderful playful nature about her, and always brought an element of fun to our events. I loved her mischievous side. Oh how we loved to hear stories of the Toben sisters and Walker brothers growing up in Hanibal, MO! She taught me many things about being a great Aunt. She made everyone feel special. She cherished her family over all else. It’s impossible to put into words the hole that is created with her passing. I know she is in heaven now with her beloved sister, mother, father and all the family. I hope they are playing Pitch and Uncle George is hollering over the cards.

    I’m sad we cannot be with you during this time. Covid has taken much from us. Thank you for always being there for us, steady and strong during all the ups and downs in life. Please know we are praying for peace and strength for you all. I am so thankful to be named for my wonderful Aunt Toni! May God Bless you and keep you safe. God Bless Aunt Toni.

  27. Jim and Lionelle Elsesser on October 23, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Dear Bill and Family,
    We cannot fathom your loss, we knew Toni too short a time. She was always so bright and pleasant and fun. St. Pat’s events will be a little less joyful without her. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we know that family, faith and friends will carry you through.

  28. Neil and Sandi Gaskin on October 24, 2020 at 11:45 am

    To Bill and Family
    Sandi and I were deeply saddened when hearing of Toni’s passing. She was always very kind to both Sandi and I during our years in St. Louis. Please accept our deepest condolences. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Neil and Sandi Gaskin

  29. sandra witt on October 25, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    John and I were so sad to hear about Toni passing . Always enjoyed receiving Christmas Cards from the two of you and later on FaceBook.I know you, family and all her friends will miss her so much. But you know you will see her again someday. So hold your family close at these times God bless all of you

  30. Vicki Dillon Jones on October 26, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Dear Bill,
    I am so sorry to learn of Toni’s death. Through our PW days she was always a bright spot-full of fun and joy. Please accept my sympathy and prayers and share it with the girls.
    Love, Vicki Dillon Jones

  31. Barbara Donovan on October 27, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Mary Helen,
    We were all so sorry to hear of your Moms passing. This is especially sad since we all weathered Covid surge -with your support- here at BIDMC.
    Prayers and support from your BIDMC family on Rb 7.

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