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NORTH BEND - There is a new rule in the Funck household and it's called the Tonya rule.

No matter where a member of the Funck family goes and no matter how long they are gone, they get a hug, a kiss, or anything that shows they are loved.

"We have this rule because we know you are not guaranteed tomorrow," said Victor Funck.

The rule was instated last week, the same week Victor, his sister Laura and his mother M.J. buried Tonya Riexinger, their sister and daughter. Riexinger was killed on May 29 when a truck backed over her while she was working on a road crew for King County.

It was a tragic and sudden end to her life. Tonya's family has, however, focused on remembering the days they had with her, beginning with Aug. 19, 1962, when she was born to M.J. about a month and half before her due date.

From an early age Tonya exhibited an inhibitive nature and intelligence that M.J. said marked her childhood years. She slept through the night as a youngster and rarely spoke in class, but did well in school and was considered a bookworm. Tonya was shy and was often mistaken as being younger than her little sister Laura. The two sisters were an inseparable pair, especially when it came to a night of karaoke.

"They were always together and shared the same friends," M.J. said. "They even started their families around the same time."

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