Thomas A. Wisnieski
TW here......also known as Thomas Allen Wisnieski. I came into the world at Lorain's St. Joseph's Hospital on December 15, 1949. My parents, Kenneth and Gladys (nee Jungbluth), were there, but my 4 sisters, Beverly Essex (Canon City, CO); Alice Fannin (deceased); Ruth Rodriguez, Elyria; and Virginia Boone (deceased); and brother Gary (Durham, NC) all came after me.
Growing up in Sheffield, I enjoyed playing ball in the backyard with our neighbors, the Altens, which led to Little League. I liked to hunt, trap, target shoot and join my cousins in 4-H activities (thanks, Aunt Gladys Mackert, deceased). In the winter, I would ride with my Dad on Dairymen's milk truck and in summer, I delivered Charles Chips with him.
The Notre Dame nuns at St. Teresa's Catholic School survived me the first 8 years of my education. I went on to challenge teachers at Brookside HS and did get a piece of paper in 1968!
For over 10 years, I rode my bike to work with my cousins at DeChant's Greenhouse, where they treated us like family. Besides the 50 cents an hour pay, we'd love to strawberry pick for 35 cents a basket! Loved the outdoors, which possibly led to later years of fun volksmarching with the Valley Vagabonds Walking Club.
From 1970 - 93, I was part owner/crew chief/mechanic of a #500 stock car, gracing race tracks at Lorain County Speedway and Oswego, NY, to name just two. Good years and lasting friendships.
Young and immature teens, Bev Klun (Holden) and I managed a couple good years together. Not only did I have the pleasure of a 43 year machinist career at Elyria Manufacturing Company, but I met and fell in love with Joyce Hardwick there and was blessed with 11 years of marriage before cancer took her from me in 1988.
My love of tools led me to memberships in the Ohio Tool (OTA) and MidWest Tool (MWTA) Associations. I've managed to collect quite a few treasures along the way, including woodturned items from pros and friends of the North Coast Woodturners, where I was a proud Member-at-Large. My appreciation of antiques led me to many Amish auctions and the good fortune to work for Martin J. Donnelly Auctions the last few years....which no doubt greatly contributed to my collection! I've also enjoyed golfing and lawn bowling at Lake Erie the last few years. Good people!
Well, it's September 12, 2021. I've done some things in my life I'd like to change, but it's too late now. Major heart complications have done me in, but I give credit to my heart doctors for keeping me around an extra 8 months! Donations in my name may be made to the American Heart Association or to St. Teresa's Church, Abbe Rd., Sheffield, OH.
Thanks to my caregivers, caring friends and family.
Checkin' out now.
With health concerns for family and friends, no services will be held at this time. Arrangements by Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Condolences may be relayed on to the family by using www.rsgfuneralhome.com.
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American Heart Association
St. Teresa of Avila Parish
1878 N. Abbe Road, Sheffield OH 44054