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Obituary: Tom Vierk

December 23, 1932 – October 2, 2020

information provided by Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home

Tom Vierk, age 87, lifelong resident of Lansing, passed away peacefully at home Friday October 2, 2020, surrounded by his devoted family. Tom is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years Norma (nee Jones) Vierk, his sister, Nancy, and her husband Robert Salzwedel, brother Vern Vierk, and his wife Roberta, children David Vierk, and his wife Michelle; Kathy Lathen, and her husband Jay; and Lori Szymanski, and her husband John. Grandchildren, Brian and Alyssa Vierk; Ally, Tommy, and Hannah Lathen; Jordan, and Megan Szymanski.

Friends may visit with Tom’s family on Thursday, October 8, 2020, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM at the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois. We are asking when visiting to please follow the protocol of wearing a mask and following the six feet social distancing. Funeral services for Tom will be private.

A lifelong resident of Lansing, Tom Vierk spent his life caring for others and keeping all around him smiling. Tom graduated in 1959 with a B.A. in Marketing from University of Illinois. After serving honorably as a marine in Korea, he spent a year traveling the United States doing odd jobs, sleeping in his wood paneled station wagon, and meeting people from across the country. He returned to Lansing to take the helm, alongside his brother Vern, of Vierk’s Furniture which his father founded. Over the last 25 years, you could find Tom at Lynwood Lanes where anyone looking for a lane, a coffee, or advice could find him. He was also very devoted to the Lansing Country Club and spent many hours trying to improve his golf game and enjoying the 19th hole. His favorite spot has always been on a lake with his family from Koontz Lake with his children to Fish Lake with his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by so many but all who loved him are better for being a part of his humor and having him in their lives.

In lieu of flowers family suggests donations be made to the Tom Vierk Memorial Fund for Disabled Veterans.

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  1. Tom was an amazing person. He always had a smile on his face. I enjoyed getting to know him over the years. Rest in Peace and May God Bless his family.

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