Obit: Tomkowiak, Edward P. (1934 – 2020)


Surnames: Tomkowiak, Baran, Tyskling, Przybylski, Smedlund, Word, Brodzeller, Michalski

----Source: THORP COURIER 11 Mar 2020

Tomkowiak, Edward P. (28 OCT 1934 – 8 MAR 2020)

Edward Peter Tomkowiak, age 85, of Wadsworth, Illinois, joined family members in Heaven on Sunday March 8, 2020.

Born in Thorp, Wisconsin on October 28, 1934, he was the son of Peter and Frances (nee Baran) Tomkowiak. His
early years were spent in Thorp where he worked on the family dairy farm and graduated from Thorp High School. In 1954, he was united in marriage to Theresa Przybylski in Saint Hedwig's Church in Thorp. They were married for 45 years until Theresa's death in April 2000. Ed was blessed by a second marriage to Jane Tyskling in June 2004 at Saint Patrick's Church in Wadsworth, IL. He lived most of his life in Wadsworth, Illinois, in a house that Ed built and that truly became a loving home for his family.

Ed worked for and retired from IBM after a 30-year career. While working he received a Bachelor's degree in Business from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He was a Wadsworth village trustee for many years and the Wadsworth Mayor for two terms. Post retirement, he was flipping houses before flipping was a common term. He enjoyed traveling, gardening and was a fervent Green Bay Packer fan. He was a consummate do-it-yourselfer whose skills he freely passed onto his sons and others. He loved fishing, teaching his children and grandchildren how to catch fish. He had a cabin on Lake Kabetogama in northern Minnesota for almost 50 years. Not only was he a fisherman, but he became a fisher of men by bringing missionaries to Peru to do God's work.

His passion, however, was church. Ed was ordained a Deacon in the Catholic Church in April 1992. He performed many marriage ceremonies, and baptized countless babies. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years attaining 4th degree. He led the St Patrick's Youth group for many years and was Director of Religious Education. He was actively involved with missionary work, traveling to Piura, Peru annually for 18 years.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Frances Tomkowiak; wife Theresa; and sister Rose.

Ed is survived by his loving wife, Jane; children: Edward (Joan) Tomkowiak, Terry (Gail) Tomkowiak, and John (Sherri) Tomkowiak; nine grandchildren: Anna Tomkowiak, Mike (Emily Smedlund) Tomkowiak, Sarah (Christian Word) Tomkowiak, Beth (Andrew) Brodzeller, Matthew (Jessica) Tomkowiak, Andrew (Olivia) Tomkowiak, Jake Tomkowiak, Luke Tomkowiak and Alexa Tomkowiak; six great-grandchildren: Zelda, Ivar, Paige, Ainsley, Brynn, Parker; one sister, Lorraine Michalski; one brother, Thomas (Trudy) Tomkowiak; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

A visitation for Ed will be held on Friday March 13, 2020, from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the historic church of St. Patrick Parish, 15000 W. Wadsworth Rd, Wadsworth, IL. A Vigil Service will begin at 6:30 p.m. The second visitation will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday March 14, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at the historic church. Interment will be private for the immediate family at Ascension Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St Patrick's Peru Mission fund.

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