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Obituary: Thomas Joseph Boleski

December 7, 1948 – November 27, 2022

Information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Thomas Joseph Boleski Thomas (Tom) J. Boleski, age 73, born and raised on the southeast side of Chicago, Illinois with roots later planted in Dyer, Indiana and Branson West, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2022. Tom was the loving father of Jennifer (Kenneth) Reeder, Sheri (Eric) Deedrick, and Joseph (Elaine) Boleski; proud grandfather of Ryan, Nathan, Avery, Adam, and Henry; dear brother of Judith (late Neal) Moran and William Boleski; and kind uncle of several nieces and nephews. Tom was the son of Jannie (Dzikowski) Boleski and Joseph Boleski.

Tom was a proud American, having served in the United States Navy as a member of the Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees), protecting his country and fellow countrymen in the Vietnam War and reaching a top level of recognition.

In addition to his love for his country, Tom had a deep passion for music, which he spread to his children, grandchildren, and friends, inspiring them to make music a central part of their own lives. Tom once said, “Throughout my life, music has been my passion. In bad times, I’ve found it to be a comfort and, in good times, a means of celebration.”

And no one knew the rosters, statistics, and future outlooks of the Chicago Bears, White Sox, and Blackhawks as well as Tom, who needed to rush home from Sunday Mass in time to see the opening Bears’ kickoff.

Tom also loved to spend time on his boat, named the Seabee, especially on Table Rock Lake, and crafting furniture and other pieces from wood in his meticulously organized workshop in which he would always “measure twice and cut once.”

During his career, Tom became an expert within the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) field, having served as a technical information source for many HVAC technicians throughout the Chicagoland area during his career with South Side Control Supply Company and while teaching at Environmental Technical Institute (ETI).

Tom would often express his love for his family and friends by sharing an inspiring song, hosting a karaoke party, or offering an educational tidbit.

The celebration of Tom’s life will take place on Friday, December 9, 2022, with a visitation starting at 9 a.m. at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, located at 500 Northgate Drive in Dyer, Indiana, followed by his Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Tom’s Mass will be followed by his Interment at 1 p.m. in Elwood, Illinois at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, a cemetery dedicated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration, located at 20953 W. Hoff Road in Elwood, Illinois. Tom’s family would like to invite all to a luncheon in his honor immediately following Tom’s Interment at the Silver Dollar Restaurant, located at 422 E. Mississippi Avenue in Elwood, Illinois.

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