Baldwin, Thomas "Tommy" Gerald
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Thomas "Tommy" Gerald Baldwin, age 69, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many, passed away unexpectedly at Appleton Medical Center on December 24, 2013 with his family present. Tom was born in Appleton on September 28, 1944 to Lorraine (Nettekoven) and Evan Baldwin.
Tom grew up in Menasha, attending St. Mary's schools. After graduation, Tom honorably served his country in the United States Navy with his best friend Dick Swoboda. After serving in the Navy for over 4 years, Tom returned back home and went to work for Banta. He worked mainly in the pre-press area for over 20 years before transitioning to Outlook Graphics. Tom retired from Outlook Graphics as the Pre-Press Manager in 2002.
He married Jackie Wassenberg on June 13, 1970 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Menasha. While sharing many wonderful times and memories together, they also shared the same birthday.
They lived in Appleton and developed long lasting friendships with neighbors on Matthias Street. Tom and Jackie enjoyed traveling with best friends Dick and Esther Christian, Friday evening fish with family and friends, and watching his children and his grandchildren participate in various events and sporting activities.
Tom enjoyed working out with friends at Lake Park Fitness several times a week. He especially enjoyed the get-togethers after swimming with his friends. He was an active member of the Sherwood American Legion Post 496. He was a previous Finance Committee member of the St. John/Sacred Heart parishes and assisted several years in preparing the parish picture directories.
Tom wanted to build a home on the water or on a golf course; he and Jackie chose Sherwood Forest Golf Course and built their current home in 1995.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 43 years, Jackie; a daughter, Laurie (fiancé Sean McElrath) Baldwin and her daughter, Alyssa (18) (his best buddy) and Sean's daughters: Kathryn and Morgan; a son, Brian (Sarah) Baldwin and their six boys, Bryce (15), Trent (12), Tyson (10), Luke (8), Adam (6), and Brock (4).
He is also survived by his sister, Mary (Duane) Richards; a brother, Bob (Barb) Baldwin; sisters-in-laws and brothers-in-laws: Kim (Steve) Bonneville, Ginny (Dale) Frank, Cindy (Norm) Thiel and Ray Vanden Boogart; along with many special nieces and nephews: Stacy (Scott) Milligan, Mark (Blondine) Baldwin, and Scott Baldwin.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Robert and Jean Puddy; and a sister-in-law, Susie Vanden Boogart.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 am on Friday, December 27, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, N361 Military Road in Sherwood, with Fr. Mike Betley officiating. Military Rites will be conducted following the Mass by American Legion Post 496. Visitation will be held from 9:30 am until the hour of the Mass at the church. Interment will take place in St. Mary Cemetery in the Town of Menasha. In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.
The family would like to extend a special "Thank You" to the Town of Harrison First Responders, the staff of AMC ER and ICU for the care and dignity shown to Tom and his family. And also a special thank you to Fr. Mike Betley for his visits and spiritual guidance.
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Dec. 26, 2013