LAFAYETTE -- Thomas Serdechny, 86, of Lafayette, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Raised in Hartford Conn., Tom was born to the late Lawrenty (Michael) and Anna (Reznick) Serdechny. He attended Hartford High School and received his B.A. in education from Hillyer College, University of Hartford in Connecticut and had accomplished advanced coursework in mathematics at Temple, Villanova and Penn State universities. Tom proudly served our country in three branches of the armed services, Army, Marines and Air Force, during the Korean Conflict and received the Presidents Unit Citation. Tom was employed at Pratt Whitney from 1952 to 1955, worked as a civil servant with the U.S. government from 1966 to 1990, and served as a mathematician/statistician and reliability engineer for Picatinny Arsenal for 11 years. Tom was an active member of Toastmasters. He had a great love for learning and mathematics and generously enjoyed sharing his expertise with others. He was predeceased by his wife of more than 30 years, Claire (Wald) Serdechny, in 1997. Tom described Claire as â€œhis guiding lightâ€; she was the love of his life. Tom was also predeceased by his siblings Alice Baron, Mary Balke, John Serdechny and Nicholas Serdechny. Tom is survived by his brother, Alexander Serdechny and his, wife, Marion; niece, Anne Bernier and her husband, Michael; and nephews John and James Serdechny and their families. Additionally, Tom is survived by his niece Jacqui Gieske and nephew Russ Johnson and their families. Friends and family are invited to Goble Funeral Home in Sparta on Saturday at 9 a.m for visitation followed by a service at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Hatboro Cemetery, Hatboro, Pa. The family requests that memorial donations be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave, Newton NJ 07860 or The Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Oct. 18, 2013