Thomas J. Porwoll, age 53, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2010, at Wheaton-Franciscan All Saints Medical Center following a courageous battle with cancer since July of 2008. Thomas was born in Denver, CO, on November 15, 1956, son of the late Joseph J. and Mary J. (Nee: Zirbes) Porwoll.
Thomas resided in Denver, Colorado, until age ten when he moved with his family to Michigan. He was a proud graduate and fan of the University of Michigan. On July 12, 1980, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Grand Blanc, MI, he was united in marriage to Tamara J. Short. In 1995 he moved to Racine with his family and was currently employed with YRC Worldwide. He enjoyed drives in his Corvette, deer hunting, gardening and golf. Above all Tom treasured his time spent with his family and attending his children’s events. He was very active in his son’s Boy Scout Troop #161, where he also served as chairperson. Tom will be forever remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother and a great friend to many.
Survivors include his loving wife of nearly thirty years, Tamara; his children, Rebecca ( Jacob) Zabkowicz of West Bend, WI, Sarah Porwoll (David Campbell) of Sydney, Australia, Patrick Porwoll, of Racine; two sisters and brother, Mary Mihailoff of Flint, MI , Joseph (Cathie) Porwoll Jr. of Rochester Hills, MI, Deborah McNeely of Casper, WY; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gordon and Vivian Short of Bokeelia, FL; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gordon (Nancy) Short, Cheryl (Jerry) Smith, all of Bokeelia, FL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., with Rev. Ray Elam OSA officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to the American Cancer Society for Colorectal Cancer Research have been suggested.
The Family would like to thank Dr. Mullane and his staff at Oncology Alliance for their continued support and compassion throughout Tom’s battle with cancer.
MARESH-MEREDITH AND ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888