Thomas "Spike" Chroscielewski, age 73, of Erie, passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Erie on December 13, 1940, a son of the late Edward and Jean Zyskowski Chroscielewski.
Tom attended St. Stanislaus grade school and went on to graduate from Cathedral Prep in 1958, where he lettered in baseball and basketball. He worked at Continental Rubber Works, Riley Stoker, and the City of Erie Water Dept. before joining the Erie Police Department in 1966. He worked in the patrol division, motorcycle division, and finished his career as a detective in the juvenile division, retiring in 1994. Tom went on to work for over twenty years with First National Bank of PA as a security guard and later as a courier. He enjoyed all sports and playing baseball in the Glenwood League. He also played in the City Rec Softball League with the P.N.A. Club. Tom was a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, and Penn State. He was a past member of Lake View C.C., Riverside Golf Course, and Downing Golf Course, loving the game of golf until illness deprived him of playing. A life member of the Polish Sharpshooters Club and the Fulton Club he also belonged to the Erie Maennerchor Club, the Saints and Sinners Club, and the F.O.P. Lodge. Tom enjoyed his trips to Virginia Beach, Va. to visit his daughter and family and sipping a few Long Island iced teas at the Beach Pub.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one grandchild, Christopher Patrick McIntyre.
He leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Barbara Wieczorek Chroscielewski; three daughters, Lisa (Capt. Kenneth) Reynard of Chesapeake, Va., Lynne McIntyre and Sharon Chroscielewski (Donnie Studor), all of Erie; six grandchildren, Lauren and Hannah Reynard, Lyndsay and Drew McIntyre, and Jeremy and Justin Kauffman; two brothers-in-law, Max (Joann) Wieczorek and David (Patricia) Wieczorek; and numerous nieces and nephews. Tom is further survived by his aunt, Theresa Laskowski; many cousins including his special cousin, Jerry Laskowski; good friends, Darrel Hersch and Keith McIntyre; and his beloved pet, Shadow.
The family would like to thank his "special nurse and angel," Katie, from Lakeland Area Hospice and their special neighbors, Dick and Jeannette Fitzsimmons.
Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., Erie, PA 16504, on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., with the Erie Retired Police Officers
Association conducting a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening. A prayer service will be held on Monday morning at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cathedral Preparatory School, 225 West Ninth St., Erie, PA 16501; Lakeland Area Hospice, 2221 Peninsula Dr., Erie, PA 16506; or The Saints and Sinners Club, P.O. Box 24585, Pittsburgh, PA 15234.
Published in the Erie Times-News from June 21 to June 22, 2014