MELBOURNE, Fla. — Thomas A. Brozoskie, 82 of Melbourne, Fla., entered into eternal peace on June 16, 2013.
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Born and raised in the anthracite coal fields of Pennsylvania, Tom called Shamokin (Springfield) home. He attended Coal Township schools and worked throughout his youth in the coal mining industry.
Upon completion of high school, Tom enlisted and served in the U.S. Air Force as a radar technician. He served in Japan during the Korean War. His awards include the Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Japan) and National Defense Service Medal.
Tom attended Penn State University after being discharged. He was subsequently employed in the aerospace/defense industry for 32 years, with a career culminating as a senior telemetry specialist at Kennedy Space Center. He participated in many of the manned and unmanned launches while working for RCA at Cape Canaveral. Some of the more memorable projects he worked on were the Atlas, Mercury, Delta, Saturn, Apollo and space shuttle programs. Tom was an integral part in the Apollo 11 mission, the first manned mission to the moon.
He left behind his wife of 56 years, Rose L. (Nagy) Brozoskie. He raised two children, John J. Brozoskie, of Mount Carmel, and Rosemary T. Womack, of Marion Heights. He has two granddaughters, Jennifer L. Rishel, of Danville, and Jody L. Sawicki, of Pinehurst, N.C. He was blessed with five great-grandchildren, Emma and Juliana Sawicki, of Pinehurst, N.C., and Chloe, Billy and Johnny Rishel, of Danville. Also surviving is a brother, Bill Brozoskie, of Marion Heights.
Arrangements will be announced. Tom will be interred at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.
Published in The News Item on June 19, 2013