Dr. Thomas Sannito

  • "I just learned about Tom's death today. I was looking for..."
    - Paul Kusbach
  • "Although it has been almost a year, I just learned of Dr...."
    - Jeni Rogers (Reavley '86)
  • "I was Tom's student for two years when he was still very..."
    - Gerald Haiar
  • "My Name is Father David Hemann. I was Dr. Sannito's student..."
    - David Hemann
  • "Take comfort in knowing that we have the Bible-based hope..."

Dr. Thomas Sannito


Dr. Thomas Sannito passed away Monday, April 1, after an extended illness, surrounded by his loving family. Friends may call at Hoffman Schneider Funeral Home, Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA, Sunday, April 7, where the rosary will be recited at 3 p.m., followed by visitation until 7 p.m. Mass will be Monday at St. Joseph's the Worker Church, Dubuque.

Tom was born the son of Carl and Betty Sannito (Crean). He attended Mount Carmel High School and went on to earn his PhD from Loyola University. He married the love of his life, Carol Pletz on June 5, 1965 in Lakefield, MN and they raised seven children together.

Tom was a professor at Loras College in Dubuque, where he taught Psychology for over 30 years. While at Loras, Dr. Sannito founded the Talent Salvage Program where he taught learning techniques to students, enabling them to attend and graduate from Loras College.

In addition to his work as an educator, Dr. Sannito had a private clinical and forensic practice in Dubuque. Tom was also a published author, writing Courtroom Psychology, a reference book still used today by many trial lawyers.

He was a wonderful, caring husband and father who provided for his wife and kids and taught them the importance of family, kindness and generosity. He enjoyed following the Chicago Bears and was an avid tennis player. He was most proud of the life he created with his wife Carol and their seven children.

He is survived by his wife Carol and their children; John Sannito, Mary Mork, Elizabeth Cox, Kathleen Craven, Jeannette Sannito, Carol Molback, Amy Zeh; 17 grandchildren; his sister-in-law Nancy Sannito; his five nephews; and many dear cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Dennis Sannito.

In lieu of flowers Memorials may be sent to Agrace Hospice of Madison, WI. www.agrace.org Online condolences: www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com

Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 7, 2013