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Antoinette "Toni" Cousins

d. February 1, 2012

Antoinette "Toni" Cousins (nee Lulofs) 80, of State College, passed away at Mount Nittany Medical Center on February 1, 2012.

Born in Sumatra to a Dutch-Australian rubber planter and his English-Australian wife, Toni attended school in her parents' home city of Melbourne.

After WWII, during which her father was interned by the Japanese, she lived a year and a half with her parents in Malaysia and subsequently two years in Singapore as ground hostess in the airport. Changing continents, she spent the rest of her twenties in Africa, first in Addis Ababa as a librarian for the United State Information Service and then in Nairobi as a secretary.

Transferring to Venice, she worked initially as a tutor with an Italian family and then as an instructor at an English language school. In 1967 she married Windsor F Cousins, Jr., a painter and lecturer at the time, and bore three sons; Windsor III, Mark, and Richard.

From 1972 until her death, Toni lived in State College, where her husband acquired a Ph.D and taught throughout the state. Among her enthusiasms were classical music, the opera simulcast, international cuisine and the Schlow Memorial Library.

In addition to her husband and sons, her survivors include two daughters-in-law, Nina and Susan; two grandchildren, Anouk and Oliver; a sister, Debbie, a brother, Richard, both of Melbourne and their children.

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