Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thomas J. Peksa, Sr.

Thomas J. Peksa, Sr., 73, passed away at Ridgewood Care Center on Thursday, November 13, 2008, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Tom was born in Milwaukee on November 26, 1934, to the late Paul and Lucille (nee: Rychwalski) Peksa. He graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1952.

On August 22, 1953, Tom was united in marriage with the love of his life, June M. Basel. A successful salesman, Tom had a lifetime career with Novak Appliance, Lathrop Furniture and Colder’s.

Among his interests, he enjoyed fishing, golfing, gardening and trying his luck at Potawatomi. Above all, Tom loved and cherished being in the surroundings of his entire family.

Surviving are his loving wife of 55 years, June; their daughters, Cynthia (Dan) McCabe, Laura (Frank) Anchondo and Patricia Peksa; grandchildren, Michelle (Dan) Pederson, Dan (Stephanie) McCabe and Sara McCabe; Brian (Denise), Brenda, Thomas and Robyn Anchondo; Ryan (Terri) Peksa and Ashley Otwaska; eight great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Beatrice Doss and Dolores (Edward) Verna; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Tom was preceded in death by his beloved son, Thomas Jr., on October 25, 2006; and brother-in-law, Bill Doss.

Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Sunday, November 16, 2008, at 7 p.m. with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Sunday from 5-7 p.m. Private interment will take place in Holy Family Cemetery.

A special note of thanks to Drs. Howard Short, Richard Odders and Douglas Puffer; the entire staff at All Saints Cancer Center; All Saints Medical Center - especially Jeff Willis and 2D caregivers ; and Ridgewood Care Center. Above all, Tom’s daughters want to thank their mother, June, for motivating and tirelessly caring for Dad at home for the past three years. You are truly an inspiration!

Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd., Racine (262) 552-9000

1 comment:

Ryan said...

Grandpa, I know you are with me and watching over us all. I miss you SO much! Things are just not the same without being able to have our talks. I can feel your presence with me though! Little Hayley is getting SO big, she'll be 20 months this month already!! She's the life of the party and just so darn cute! Thank you so much for making sure that she was ok during her entrance into this world. Everyone else is doing fine, Grandma is missing you - but we all are! I'm so proud of Grandma, she takes care of business! Hayley and I love you Grandpa! We miss you but I know I will see you one day! With love, Ryan.