Thomas "Tom" J. Swiezy
43, Indianapolis, was called to eternal life on December 9, 2012. Tom was born on April 4, 1969, the youngest of Anthony and Rosemarie (Neu) Swiezy's nine children. He was a lifelong resident of the Southside of Indianapolis. Tom attended St. Mark Catholic School and Roncalli High School. He participated in football and wrestling while at Roncalli and was a member of the 1986 State Football Championship Team. His senior year, he suffered a tragic wrestling accident that paralyzed him. Tom's strong faith, perserverance and determination enabled him to overcome adversity. He proceeded to college and graduated with academic honors from Purdue University at Indianapolis with a Bachelor's Degree in Construction Technology and an Associate Degree in Architectural Technology. Tom was employed at CR Stafford and Associates as a Project Manager. Tom was very involved at St. Mark Catholic Church in faith ministries, Men's Club, Boys Scouts, athletics and a member of the Southside Knights of Columbus. His love of wrestling was evident as he mentored and coached his little grapplers and cheered on the Rebel wrestlers. In addition to his St. Mark ministries, Tom was an avid Notre Dame Football fan. He also enjoyed Colts football, Purdue and auto racing. A dedicated Roncalli fan, Tom could be found in the Roncalli end zone in all types of weather.
Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Rosie. He is survived by his father, Anthony "Bud" Swiezy, and his brothers, Tony, Andy (Angi), Matt and Thad and sisters, Anna Marie (Denny) Bachman, Aura Lee (Mike) Lyons, Jeanette (Charlie) Bowling, and Jeanene. He is also survived by his 15 loving nieces and nephews, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 14, 2012 in Daniel F. O'Riley Funeral Home , followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mark Catholic Church. Friends may call on Thursday, December 13, 2012, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark Boy Scout Troop 92.