Thomas F. Severance
Thomas F. Severance, 77, of 88 Gilbert St., died Sunday, May 15, 2011. He is predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Margaret M. (Moore) Severance.

He leaves a daughter, Martha E. Severance & her husband Dr. Charles J. LaTendresse of Grundy Center, Iowa and two sons: Thomas P. & his wife Janet of Marion, MA and Richard J. & his wife Joann of North Brookfield; a sister, Florine (Severance) Martel of North Brookfield; six grandchildren: Thomas LaTendresse of Grundy Center, Iowa and Kimberly Severance and her husband Jeremiah Stoner of Pella, Iowa; Brittany and Holly Severance of Marion, MA; and Ryan and Kathryn Severance of North Brookfield and one great granddaughter, Leeann M. Stoner of Pella, Iowa.

Thomas was born in Worcester, the son of Thomas J. and Florine E. (Wine) Severance and has been a lifelong resident of North Brookfield. He was a math teacher for over 30 years at Assumption Prep and Southbridge High School, until his retirement in 1992. He was treasurer and moderator of the Worcester County Mathematics League. He was a member and Eucharistic minister of St. Joseph's Church North Brookfield, a member of the Knights of Columbus in North Brookfield and a member of the New Braintree Grange #170, the Bay Path Grange #9, the Massachusetts State Grange and the National Grange. He was a former Master of the Massachusetts State Grange and was High Priest of Demeter of the National Grange. He was a member of the Grange for over 50 years. He served on the Zoning Board of Appeals in North Brookfield for many years.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 from 4-8 in Pillsbury Funeral Home, 44 Gilbert St., North Brookfield. A funeral Mass for Thomas will be held on Thursday at 10:00 AM in St. Joseph's Church, 296 Main St., N.Brookfield. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. A luncheon will be served in St. Joseph's Church hall after the burial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Joseph's Church Renovation Fund, 28 Mt. Pleasant St., North Brookfield 01535 or to MA State Grange Educational Aid Fund, c/o Janet Horne, 701 Prentice St., Holliston, MA 01746.

Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from May 16 to May 17, 2011.
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We are so sorry to hear of Tom's passing.We were away at the time .Are sympathy to his family.He was a great Grange leader and was so much of a help to us always avalible and willing to help.may all your memories give you comfort.
Paul & Marguerite Barden
Wilbraham Ma.
Paul Barden
June 13, 2011
Our Mr. Severance served as such a lighthearted, solid and centered anchor for so many adolescents eager for such a giving mentor. He will be missed deeply, but his legacy lives on in all of us who strive to emulate his character and style as we work with children in schools or in our own homes! - APS 1970 grad, and rather hopeless math student...
David Sylvestro
May 20, 2011
As a member of the Class of 1961, North Brookfield High School, I would like to express my deepest sympathy on the passing of your father and grandfather.
Tom was our math teacher, driver ed. teacher and our class advisor. We appreciated his patience, his sense of humor and his easy going personality.
At our 50th class reunion this September, "Tommy" will be greatly missed but fondly remembered by us all.
Phyllis Ferguson
May 20, 2011
Great math teacher and quick wit. Had nice teaching style and pleasure to be around. A loss of a true gent. APS 1970 Student
David Walsh
May 19, 2011
Severance Family, My deepest condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. May the memories you have bring you comfort.
James Walsh
May 18, 2011
There are no true words to say how we all will miss Tom. Prayers are with all the family at this time. The Grange will have a large hole in its circle.
Candy Smith
May 18, 2011
Dear Martha, Tom and Richard:
We are so sorry for the loss of your father (Uncle Tom). Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families.
Love, Kathleen, Neil, Tyler and Mitchell Cormier
May 18, 2011
Dear Tom Jr., & Family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow. His presence every Sunday as a dedicated lector at church is a memory for many of us that will live on forever.
Martha Lemieux-Warren
May 18, 2011
Tom was an exceptional person. I have known him for many years as a Granger, but often spoke about school as well. When Tom was in the room, you could see and feel his cheerful ways. Peg will be so glad to have her partner with her once again. They are both going to be missed dearly.
Marguerite Ponton
May 17, 2011
Dear Members of Tom's family!!
I am a Grange member from Rhode Island and got to know Tom upon my many visits as a young adult to many Mass. Grange activities. He had such a quick whit in joking with me and made me feel welcome at all the numerous activities. At the many National Grange sessions I attended he was very welcoming as well and was such a supporter to me in my Grange travels. My sincere sympathy to all of Tom's family. Well done good and faithful servant.
Kris Whitford-Bell
May 17, 2011
I was raised in North Brookfield and saw him every Sunday at church. My thoughts and prayers to his family
Paula Martel
May 17, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. He will be greatly missed in our grange family.

Rest in Peace
Todd & Regina Mason and Family
Pawlet, VT
May 17, 2011
Tom was a wonderful man and teacher. He helped me become a better coach and teacher through our talks and working together in the Worcester County Math League. He always made me smile and we miss him. Tom touched many young lives, we are blessed and privileged to have known him. You are in our family's thoughts and prayers.
Mary Redford (Nashoba Regional H.S., Bolton, MA)
Mary Redford
May 17, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to the Severance Family on the recent loss of your Dad and Grandfather. We pray for strength for the family in the upcoming days as you say your final farewells. Rest in Peace.

Richard & Shiela LeBlanc & family
Shiela LeBlanc
May 17, 2011
Tom was a dedicated worker in the Grange and so willing to participate in these activities at all levels. He will be sorely missed. Our sympathy and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Edwin and Jane Pease
May 17, 2011
Knowing Tom has been one of those special Grangers in my life. His advice was always sound, his humor always cheering, and his friendship was priceless. He will be greatly missed. Lester Gibbs, Past Master, Vermont State Grange
Lester Gibbs
May 17, 2011
I knew Tom through the Worcester County Math League, and just loved him dearly. I will miss my friend Tom. He was just the best.
-Amy Bacon (Quaboag Reg. HS Warren, MA)
Amy Bacon
May 17, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Michelle Farmer
May 17, 2011
I have only known Tom for a few years as treasurer of WOCOMAL. When he left last year the Bromfield math team immediately missed him. They knew he cared, his humor encompassed us all. We shall miss him.
Larry Hayes and the Harvard Math Team
Larry Hayes
May 17, 2011
The Family, Grange and Community have lost a special person. Tom will be greatly missed by all.
Cindy & Orrie Mason
May 17, 2011
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