It's a wonderful life.
Thomas J. Padgett, born March 14, 1935, married May 10, 1958, passed suddenly and peacefully just as he prayed for on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at his residence.
Tom worked several jobs at a time to support his family, including 33 years as a switchman on Norfolk and Western Railroad and as owner/operator of Tom Padgett and Associates (air conditioning/heating business). He still made time to coach his sons' baseball teams and attend every one of his children's
events possible. Tom cherished the time spent, with his wife, family and grandchildren, which always included cookies, candy or sweets. A testament to his legacy is the Easter brunch Tom and Marie have hosted for 125 relatives and friends for 37 years. Hunting, fishing and participating in parish life at St. Nicholas Church always brought Tom joy and peace. His unfailing dedication to Christ and his Faith was the cornerstone of his being and character. Tom was the most kind, forgiving and considerate person, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to, not just family, but all who were fortunate
enough to cross his path.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marie, nee Rittenhouse, Padgett, his children, 1959 Madonna, nee Padgett, Schutzenhofer, 1960 Ron (Patsi Seibert) Padgett, 1960 Don (Vinita) Padgett, 1963
Peggy Padgett, 1968 TJ (Keryn) Padgett and 1973 Keith (Kristen) Padgett; his grandchildren, Stephanie (Brian) Reichart, Alex Schutzenhofer, Steve Seibert, Lisa (Jarrett) Bingemann, Tess (Kevin) Shapiro, David (Kim) Padgett, Rachel (Jes) Smith, Lyndsay (Andy) Croxford, Thomas, Losche and James Padgett and Wil, Sophie and Kiernan Padgett; his great-grandchildren, J.D. Bingemann, Ron Bingemann, Steven Shapiro, Jay and Luke Smith, Lucy and Brenden Croxford and two more great-grandchildren due to arrive in October and November; a brother, Eugene (Jeanette) Padgett of Belleville, IL; a sister, Addie Schweickhardt of Flordia; a brother-in-law, Gene (JoAnn) Rittenhouse of
Freeburg, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Peggy Decker of Normal, Ill.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He is preceded in death his parents, Aloysius and Stella, nee Kowalski, Padgett; two great-grandchildren, Jack Shapiro and Katelyn Joy Smith; and a brother-in-law, Joe Rittenhouse.
Memorials may be made to St. Clare Catholic School or to "Glenn Schott Scholarship Fund" at Althoff Catholic High School.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Visitation: Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, O'Fallon, Ill.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, O'Fallon, Ill., with Msgr. William Hitpas officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.
Tom will be dearly missed but the footprint he left will continue to make a difference through the lives of his family and the people he touched. His family celebrates Tom's life with the following phrase:
"Don't be sad that it's over, be glad that it happened."
KASSLY MORTUARY, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Kassly Mortuary, Ltd.
9900 St. Clair Avenue Fairview Heights, IL 62208
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on June 17, 2014