Friday, June 17, 2011

Thomas J. Kaiser

Thomas J. Kaiser, age 62, passed away Friday, June 17, 2011, with his family by his side. Thomas was born in Racine on January 24, 1949, son of the late John W. and Ruth M. (Nee: Reep) Kaiser.

Thomas graduated from Washington Park High School and furthered his education at Aurora University, IL, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Theology. He owned and operated Pyramid Publishing and was employed by Western Publishing for twenty-eight years. On May 23, 1981, he was united in marriage to Mary S. Bartosh at the First United Methodist Church. He served on the Aurora Board of Trustees from 1998 until 2004 and established the Kaiser Scholarship Fund.

Tom was a member of the “Waves” Dragon Boat team where he enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He was an avid biker and had a great passion for traveling. He especially treasured time spent as a part time chef at Timothy York’s Bistro. He was an avid promoter of the “DOO-Wop Diner Radio Show” where he was affectionately known as “Captain Tom.” He was loved dearly and will be sadly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; his children, Jack T. Kaiser and Joanna K. Kaiser, both of Racine; sister, Janet (Jim) Roselini of Racine; brother-in-law, Joseph, and sisters-in-law, Beth, Jane and Rebecca; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he also was preceded in death by his in-laws, James and Ruth Bartosh.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 24, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 745 Main St., with Rev. Brad Van Fossen officiating. Interment will be held at Mound Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to the Kaiser Scholarship Fund at Aurora University, or to the Vince Lombardi Clinic, Racine office have been suggested by the family.

A very special thank you to Dr. Michael Mullane and his staff for exceptional and loving care given to Tom.

803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

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