Thomas “Tom” Joseph Flagstadt, 58, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the family home where he grew up in Flat Rock following a long battle with cancer.
He was born on January 3, 1957 in Escanaba, son of Francis H. and Rosella M. (FIllion) Flagstadt. Tom graduated from Gladstone High School in 1976.
Tom worked for A & P from 1971 – 1979 and then for Bink’s Coca-Cola from 1979- 1981 as a truck driver. He moved to Milwaukee for two years and was employed at the Open Pantry. When he returned to Escanaba in 1983, he continued his employment with Bink’s Coca- Cola until his early retirement in 1993 because of health issues.
For 15 years Tom was a member of the Elks Lodge 354 and more recently joined the Knights of Columbus.
Tom did volunteer work at Bishop Noa Home during the time his mother was a resident and continued briefly after her passing.
In 1988 to 2002, Tom played darts for Baron’s Bar. He enjoyed selling things on E-Bay, loved being around people and had great joy in taking pictures – he was never without his camera. Tom enjoyed his Hawaiian Floral Shirts which truly expressed his personality.
Thomas is survived by one brother, Harold Dean (Cathy) Flagstadt; five sisters, Mary Rose (Michael Graczyk, Rose Marie (Everett) Morrison, Arlene Frances (William) Marohnic, Elizabeth Flagstadt and Victoria Ann (Ken) Marshall; and 12 nieces and nephews and 16 great nieces and nephews, who he enjoyed spending time with.
In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Rose and Geralyn Flagstadt.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba from 3 to 6 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 6 p.m. Visitation will also take place on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Flat Rock. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Longbucco officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.
Burial will be in the Escanaba Twp. Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Escanaba Knights of Columbus. Envelopes will be available at both the funeral home and church.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Flagstadt family.