Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara (nee Penkwitz), daughter Katherine Donigain, parents James and Frances Donigain, brothers James Donigain and Ronald Donigain, sisters Helen Marek and Evelyn Sweers, and his first wife Dolores Schneider (Garey). Tom is survived by his children Linda (Donald) Stefanoski, Mary Knudson, and Michael (Sandra) Donigain. He was the proud grandfather of Donald Stefanoski II, Theresa (Jacob) Rawson, Melissa Knudson, Megan Stewart, and the proud great grandfather of Thomas Stefanoski. Tom is further survived by his son-in-law Gerald Lanphear along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Tom proudly served his country in the United States Army from January 1955 to January 1957. He was a member of the United States American Legion from 1972 until his death. He enjoyed a long career in the elevator trade as a member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local 15 from 1967 to 1993. Tom excelled at working with his hands. He enjoyed building, improving and repairing things. He was a real problem solver and loved to tinker and putz in his garage.
Tom leaves this world a better place for having been a part of it. He was a loving father and grandfather who instilled the importance of honesty, integrity and a strong work ethic. He was a great friend, always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Tom loved spending time with his family and friends, sharing his wonderful laugh and great sense of humor with all.
The family would especially like to thank all those who visited or called Tom in his last weeks of life, along with the various caregivers who not only cared for Tom but entertained him and were entertained by him. Each of you brightened his days and let him know how much he was loved.
A visitation will be held at Becker Ritter Funeral Home, 14075 W. North Ave, Brookfield WI, on Saturday, September 21st from 11AM until the Celebration of Tom’s Life at 1PM. A luncheon will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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