Thomas Aquinas Kessenich
Thomas A. Kessenich of Custer, SD and Sun City, AZ (formerly of Brookfield, WI) passed away peacefully on Friday, August 21, 2015 at the age of 86.
He was the beloved husband of Carol (Torgerson). Tom was preceded in death by his cherished wife of 54 years, Dolores. Loving father to Jeffrey (Debra), John (Sandy), Thomas (Debra), James (Martha), Daniel (Jennifer), Charles (Sharon), Susan (Jerry) Retzlaff, and Stephan (Nancy).
Loving G-Pa to 24 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He is further survived by his brother Ray (Marilyn), his sister Joan (Lou) Burrell, and brother-in-law Richard Hellmich. He will be greatly missed by many other relatives and friends.
Tom was respected and admired by many but most importantly by his 8 children. He never found a conversation he didn’t enjoy. He loved getting to know people and hearing their stories. He made many new friends at the bowling alley, card table and during his travels around the US. Tom worked faithfully at Design Products for over 30 years to support his energetic and spirited family and did it with a joyful heart. He lived a relaxed and adventurous lifestyle during his 23 years of retirement. Wintering in Arizona gave him ample opportunity to play golf, a passion he shared with his wife, children and friends.
We are SURE that our Lord has said, “Well done my Good and Faithful Servant!!”
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday August 28th at 4:00p.m at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic church in North Lake, WI.
Visitation will be at the church from 2:30p.m. until the time of Mass.
A memorial service was held in Custer, South Dakota on Monday, August 24th.