Obituary

Thomas E. Kwarciany

Resided in Bark River, MI
Died May 30th, 2016

Thomas “Tom” Edward Kwarciany, 69, of Bark River, went to be with his Lord on Monday, May 30,2016 surrounded by his loving family after a lengthy and courageous battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Thomas was born September 11, 1946, in Escanaba, the son of Edward and Drusilla (Hanson) Kwarciany. He graduated from Holy Name High School in 1964 and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech University in 1969. He was drafted after college and enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was honorably discharged in 1974.

He married the former Susan (Gunville) on August 7, 1971, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He worked for Westinghouse Electric in Chicago, IL, Louisiana Pacific Corporation in Escanaba, and Mead Paper Company, retiring in 2004. He served on the Bark River-Harris Board of Education for four years and served as the treasurer of Bark River Township from 1992-2012. He was an active lifelong member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bark River, serving time on both the Pastoral and Finance Council, lector and as an altar server for daily mass.

Thomas especially enjoyed deer hunting, traveling with his family and spending time with his beloved grandchildren. His favorite place to visit was Glacier National Park. He was the quintessential hand-man, able to fix just about anything that was broken. He enjoyed camping in Grand Marais and going to the Iola Old Car Show every year.

Tom was survived by his wife, Susan of Bark River; children, Scott (Christina) of Bark River, MI, Steven (Ginny) of Green Bay, WI, Kenneth (Jenny) of Longwood, FL and Kimberly (Thomas) Kareckas of Escanaba; grandchildren, Lauren, Sarah, Nathan, Steven Derek, and Lily Kwarciany, Hannah, Mary and Spencer Kareckas and Britni Fagan; brothers, Dale (Jane) Kwarciany of Escanaba, Randy (Marie) Kwarciany of Gladstone, Donald (Barb) Kwarciany of Milton, WI and Mark (JoAnne) Kwarciany of Bark River; sisters, Diane (Terry) Otradovec and Linda Otradovec all of Bark River; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother in law, Francis Otradovec.

Visitation will be on Friday, June 3rd from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Chapel in Bark River. The Bark River Rheaume-Knauf American Legion Post 438 will have military services at 6 p.m. Parish prayers will be recited by Deacon Mike LeBeau at 7:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, June 4th at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church with Rev. Darryl Pepin and Rev. Mark McQuesten concelebrating.

Burial will be in the Bark River Twp. Cemetery.

A meal will follow the committal service in the fellowship hall of the Bark River Bible Church.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Kwarciany family.

9 Tributes to “Thomas E. Kwarciany”

  1. I’m very sorry that you left us so early but I’m glad your suffering is over. I will miss your witty and enthusiastic political conversations at hunting camp. King Edward’s castle won’t be the same.

  2. We are very sorry for your lost! Your prayers are with you Susan and all the Kwarciany family!

  3. Sue and family, so sorry to hear about Tom’s death. He was a great guy who always may me feel special. I particularly enjoyed working with him on Koinonia’s. His death is a great loss to the Koinonia family, and will be greatly missed. You all are in our prayers. We’ll see you Saturday. God bless.

    Deacon Vince, Christine, and Ian

  4. Bill and I were so sad to hear the news of Tom passing away. Our prayers go out to all the Kwarciany family. I have known Tommy my whole life growing up as neighbors in Bark River and being good friends with Linda and Diane. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

  5. With deepest sympathy my prayers will be with you for your loss. As of now I can make it to the visitation about 6:30 eastern time. It has been a while since I have seen some of the children. I send to Sue God’s loving care.

  6. I worked for Tom for many years at Mead and he was a great Mentor and boss. He certainly played a critical role in allowing me to become the technician that I am. He was a great boss and friend and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I’m sure he is in a better place now.

  7. Sue and family, So sorry for your loss. May the Lord continue to bless you and the family. I know he will be greatly missed.

    Love you,

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