Steve Edward Tomczak, 92, passed from this life at St. Vincent Hospital on Thursday, April 24, 2014.
Born on September 10, 1921, he was the son of the late Jakob and Leokadia Wisniewski Tomczak. The last of his generation, he was preceded in death by his four brothers, Edmund, Bernard, Alois, and Zigismund and three sisters, Eleanor Grabowski, Dorothy Facchiano, and Sophie Domowicz, as well as his in-laws and several nieces and nephews.
Steve served in the U.S. Army
from 1942 to 1945 and took part in the Rhineland Central Europe and Northern France at Normandy campaigns. His company was captured and he was a Prisoner Of War until liberation. Employed with Erie Malleable Iron Company, where he served as president of the USWA 2581 union for 11 years, Steve retired after 43 years of service.
He married Angeline Agnello in 1946 at St Paul's Roman Catholic Church where in his retirement he assisted with its annual festival, volunteered as an usher until last year, and participated in the Holy Name Society. Steve enjoyed golfing, taking walks, as well as vegetable and landscape gardening.
Steve is survived by his wife, Angeline; son, Stephan; daughter, Carol Ann and her husband, Patrick Rogan; six grandchildren, Ernest Tomczak, Palm Coast, Fla., Stephan Tomczak, Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa., Michael Tomczak, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Matthew Tomczak, Palm Coast, Fla., Andrew and Grace Tomczak, Derry, N.J.; eight great-grandchildren; former daughter-in-law, Leslie Persons; as well as nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 W. 38th St. at Greengarden Blvd., on Monday, April 28 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and are invited to attend a prayer service at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 29 at 10:45 A.M., a funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, 1617 Walnut Street, 11:30 a.m. Entombment with military honors will follow at Mary Queen of Peace Mausoleum.
Because of his strong patriotism and gratitude for his care through the years, memorial contributions may be made to the Erie VA Medical Center, Veterans Recreation Fund, 135 East 38th St., Erie, PA 16504, with special thanks to those staff members who worked with Steve, or to the
, if desired. Further appreciation is extended to the Heart and Vascular staff of St. Vincent Hospital. Condolences and photos may be sent at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com
Published in the Erie Times-News on Apr. 27, 2014