Thomas Wrzosek was a knowledgeable, logical man who was known to be the person to lean on for great advice. Born in Poland in a work camp, Thomas came to the US when he was about fourteen years old and quickly adapted to the culture and learned how to speak English.
Growing up he attended St. Francis High School, which remained a point of pride and a special place for him. Thomas became very interested in politics as he learned more about the U.S. and developed an admiration for his new county and a desire to do his part to help make it even better.
His experience living in Poland left him with a lasting opposition to communism, and when the Vietnam war started he felt called to do his part to help. He enlisted in the Marines, where he worked as an intelligence officer and interrogator for the U.S. Military. His service time left him 100% disabled from Agent Orange exposure.
After returning from Vietnam, he started working on the Railroad, where he worked until he retired as a conductor.
Thomas met his late wife Maria, and the pair hit it off and eventually got married. They raised two beautiful children; Tammy and David. Family was vital to Thomas, and he did his best to be dependable and reliable. His family referred to him as their "rock.” Later in life, the couple welcomed two grandchildren; Sean and Aaron, whom Thomas was very close with, and who he passed his love of traveling on to. He was close with his family and his neighbors, especially his next door neighbor David. The group would eat together and hang out at JP's Pub at least once a week. He loved good food, good wine, and a good beer. Although shy and a natural introvert, Thomas was very friendly and had a warmth about him that made him very approachable.
Thomas loved to travel, and did so extensively with Maria during their marriage. After Maria’s passing, Thomas found a new companion in Mary Lou and enjoyed many trips with her as well, or even by himself if the mood struck him. His last trip to his favorite place, Poland, was about three weeks ago. He also really appreciated Vietnam and enjoyed visiting even after his time stationed there.
Thomas touched many lives and will be greatly missed by all.
Wrzosek, Thomas F. of Lake View, NY passed October 7, 2021. Beloved husband of the late Maria Wrzosek (nee Mnych); devoted father of Tammy (AJ) Wrzosek-Kline and the late David Wrzosek; loving grandfather of Sean Kline and Aaron Kline; caring brother of the late Bozena (late George) Lukaszewicz; caring brother-in-law of the late Osyp Mnych, Stephanie (Mel) Geyer, and John (Maggie) Mnych; loving uncle of Greg, Paul, Mike, Dan, Liz, and Nikki; and devoted companion of the late Mary Lou Bogart. Friends received Friday 10/15 4-8 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC. 4199 Lake Shore Road Hamburg, NY 14075 716-627-2919. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday 10/16 10 AM at St. John Paul II Church. Please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Francis High School. Online condolences and donations can be made at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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