Thomas F. Ashauer
1942 - 2021
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Thomas F. Ashauer

Kaukauna, Wisconsin - Thomas "Tom" Fredrick Ashauer, age 78, left Earth to join God and the Angels in Heaven on January 8, 2021, while his family and loved ones were by his side.

Tom was born on June 1, 1942 to Lucille (Laux) and Anton Ashauer in Appleton, WI. He was a graduate of Kaukauna High School Class of 1960. On September 14, 1966, he married Kathleen Isabelle Mollen in Little Chute, WI at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church. Together they lived in Kaukauna, WI, where they were employed by Giddings and Lewis. He later joined his father and brothers in the family business, LBJ Distributors. After the family business was sold, Tom transitioned to working at the Darboy Club, and subsequently, Wichmann Funeral Homes.

Tom was a true Wisconsinite, as he supported the Packers and Brewers with fervor while enjoying a burnt beer brat and sharing his coaching insights from his couch. He loved to golf and bowl regularly in leagues with friends and family. Tom even scored a 300 game in bowling (and nearly a second), as well as a 3-game series with scores over 200 in each game. When at home, he enjoyed playing Cribbage and Sheephead, and he was known to have exceptional luck at cards, much to the chagrin of his fellow players. His favorite place to shop was the "Man Boutique," Ace Hardware, which he visited several times a week to aid in completing at-home projects.

Tom is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathleen Ashauer, in Kaukauna, WI. They raised four daughters, including Amy (Mike) Tremel, Shelly (Tim Wetzel) Price, Andrea (Gene) Banaszynski, and Erica (Kevin O'Connell) Ashauer. They were blessed with six grandchildren: Jonathan and Andrew Tremel, Keyra and Courtney Price, and Jocelyn and Nadia Banaszynski. In addition, they had four fur-babies Ashes Malone, Rudy Monroe, Molly Mae, and Marley Mae. Tom was related by marriage to Nicholas (Rita) Mollen, Mark (Barbara) Mollen, Stephen (Debra) Mollen, and Ione Ashauer. He is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents Anton and Lucille Ashauer as well as his brothers and sisters Leon (Carol) Ashauer, James (Carol) Ashauer, Mary Ann Ashauer, Eugene (Margaret) Ashauer, John Ashauer, and Carol Jansen. Along with the Ashauer relatives, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Zeta and Emery Mollen, his brother-in-law, Michael Mollen, and his sister-in-law, Charlotte Mollen.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Tom at 11 AM on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 309 Desnoyer St., Kaukauna, WI by Rev. Don Everts. Family and friends may visit at the church from 9:30 AM to the time of mass. Inurnment and Military Honors will follow at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Cemetery, Little Chute. Masks and social distancing are required. The Mass may be viewed via Livestream by visiting on Saturday, January 16.

The family would like to thank Tom's health care team, especially Dr. David Anderla, the compassionate nurses and other clinicians who attended to him in his final hours at ThedaCare, and their thoughtful neighbors, notably Jason Jansen for his help around the house.

"While Tom was hospitalized at ThedaCare Regional Med. Ctr.- Appleton, he had 3 very outstanding nurses. While I have to apologize for not having your last names, I want Tim on 3rd Floor, John in ICU and Erin in ICU to know you were so appreciated. One often hears the phrase "Angels Walk Among Us." You 3 definitely fall into this category. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 10 star rating for you all!" -Kathy

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2021.
09:30 - 11:00 AM
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January 18, 2021
So very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing Kathy & family. Keep in mind he left the best of himself with all of you to carry on his love & goodness. Peace to all..
Ginny Huss Recla
January 16, 2021
So sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved husband. Tom was a kind and gentle man, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. RIP Tom!
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January 13, 2021
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January 13, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Kathy, we are so sorry for your loss. We are sending our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Dennis and Theresa Brown
January 12, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Giz and I will keep all of you in our prayers and offer our very deepest sympathy. Kathy sending you a big hug. Giz and Judy Geerts
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