Thomas S. Chirkot

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Thomas S. Chirkot, Ph.D, P.E., 62, a resident of Swoyersville, passed away unexpectedly Monday, June 11, 2018, at his home.

His loving wife is Wanda M. Vnuk Chirkot. Tom and Wanda would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Oct. 7.

Born Sept. 7, 1955, in Kingston, Thomas was the only son of the late Thomas and Mary Banas Chirkot.

Raised in Plymouth, Tom was a graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School, Class of 1973. He went on to further his education at Bloomsburg University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology, and Wilkes University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He then went on to receive his Master of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Scranton; his Ph.D. in chemistry from the Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio; and took additional courses to attain his accreditation as a professional engineer of electrical engineering.

Tom was currently employed as a general manager by Hebeler LLC, Tonawanda, N.Y., formerly Patterson-Kelley, and was recently appointed to serve on the company's Board of Directors.

A U.S. patent holder and published author, Tom patented an apparatus for continuous blending of pharmaceuticals, and his knowledge and expertise led him to contribute to textbooks and write editorials for various pharmaceutical publications.

Tom was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville, and a past member of the former Holy Name/St. Mary's Parish Community, Swoyersville.

A longstanding member of the YMCA in Wilkes-Barre, Tom was an avid weightlifter and runner.

One of Tom's greatest enjoyments in life was traveling with his family. Together, they were blessed to travel to various places throughout the world. He was also a great fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Penn State Nittany Lions and the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Although his presence will be missed beyond measure, Tom will forever be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, dad and grandpa.

In addition to his wife, Wanda, Tom is survived by his beloved children, Thomas S. Chirkot Jr., Forty Fort; and Marisa Lewis and her husband, Steve, Pittston; his granddaughter and light of his life, Hazel Lewis; his brother-in-law, Frank Vnuk and his wife, Judi, Plymouth; his nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues; and his faithful companion, his dog, Fergus.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, which will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Saturday from Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville, with the Rev. Joseph J. Pisaneschi, his pastor, officiating.

Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Cemetery, Swoyersville.

Family and friends are invited to call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

For information, or to send the Chirkot family a message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home's website,, or Facebook page.
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Joseph L Wroblewski Funeral Home
1442 Wyoming Ave
Forty Fort, PA 18704
(570) 287-8541
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Published in Citizens' Voice on June 14, 2018