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Thomas Wieliczka

Thomas Wieliczka

Thursday, January 7th, 1954 - Saturday, April 25th, 2020
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Obituary

Thomas G. Wieliczka, 66, lifelong resident of Windsor Locks, entered into Eternal Rest on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at The Suffield House. Son of Stanley T. Wieliczka and the late Julia (Zimowski) Wieliczka, he was born in Hartford on January 7, 1954. Due to complications during child birth, he spent much of his childhood recovering from the 18 operations he had at Newington Children’s Hospital. Although doctors said he would never walk, he defied all odds; being equipped with braces and crutches, he made his mark in the world. He graduated from Windsor Locks High School in 1972, and went on to get an Associate’s degree in computer programming at A.I. Prince Tech. He enjoyed a 23 year career as a Systems Analyst at The Hartford Insurance Group, before physical hardships forced him to retire.
Outside of work, he was a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 26, and a faithful parishioner of St. Robert Bellarmine Church.
He refused to let physical limitations hinder him; he participated in golf and bowling leagues, swam at summer camp, played the tenor saxophone, built model airplanes and boats with extreme precision, and proudly learned to drive using custom fitted hand controls, Ford Thunderbirds being his favorite vehicle. He enjoyed volunteering his time at the Jerry Lewis Telethon and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, visiting with young children giving them hope and purpose.
As time went on and more assistance was deemed necessary, the staff at The Suffield House came into his life. He maneuvered around in his electric wheelchair, joining folks at daily coffee meets, always with his iPad in hand. He took his responsibility of patient advocate very seriously, assisting residents with their concerns.
Other hobbies included bird watching and rooting for UCONN women’s basketball, Boston Red Sox or the New England Patriots.
In addition to his father, Stanley Wieliczka, Thomas is survived by his sisters, Susan Hannigan and her husband Joseph of Windsor Locks, Laurie Muscarella and her husband, Anthony of Suffield, and Diane Samson and her husband, Dino of East Windsor; his nieces and nephews, goddaughter Amy Mandrola and her husband Anthony, Brian Hannigan, goddaughter Lisa Muscarella, godson Daniel Samson and his wife Jessica, Kevin Muscarella, and Julia Washburn and her husband Erik; his great nephews, Vincent Mandrola, Blaise and Levi Hannigan. He is also survived by goddaughter, Heather Maldonado, his aunt, Antoinette Zimowski with whom he had a special bond, and several uncles, cousins, and countless friends.
Tom’s family would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff at St. Francis Hospital and The Suffield House for their compassion and care.
Due to current health restrictions, services and burial will be private. Donations in memory of Thomas may to made to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, 85 Seymour Street, Hartford CT 06106. To leave online condolences, please visit windsorlocksfuneralhome.com.
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Diane Lopes

Posted at 12:58pm
My sincerest condolences to Tom's family. My father was his neighbor in Suffield House for a while. We became friendly with Tom and would stop in to see him also when we'd visit. We'd bring our little dog and have a lovely visit with Tom. He was such a kind, inspiring man. He even kept my Dad in line when my Dad would get frustrated with his situation. Tom could do that because he faced adversity his entire life and clearly did so with grace, dignity and respect for those around him. Tom will be sorely missed in the Suffield House. He was like the Mayor. Sincerely, Diane Lopes and my daughters (and our little dog,Max)
 
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Susan Hannigan Posted at 08:36am

Thank you Diane for your kind words and for the friendship you established with Tom during his residency at the Suffield House. In spite of all of his physical challenges he made the most of his life and inspired others to do the same. On behalf of my family I thank you, your daughters and little dog Max for taking the extra time to visit with my brother. It means more than you know. Stay safe and stay well.

Gail Latorra

Posted at 12:39pm
So sorry to hear that Tom succumbed to this terrible virus, he had been through so much in his lifetime and persevered through all his health problems with grace. He was truly a person who made the most of what talents God bestowed upon him and was an inspiration to us all. May you all find comfort in your memories of Tom.
Gail LaTorra
 
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Susan Hannigan Posted at 04:55pm

Thank you for your kind words Gail. I will be sure to pass on your message to my dad.
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Sharon M.

Posted at 02:51pm
I am so very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was a first cousin to my father, the late William Wieliczka. My prayers are will all of the Wieliczka family.

With sympathy,
Sharon McLaughlin
 
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Susan Hannigan Posted at 04:59pm

Thank you Sharon. Your words of comfort mean so much to us. I will pass on your message to my dad
 
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Susan Hannigan Posted at 04:59pm

Thank you Sharon. Your words of comfort mean so much to us. I will pass on your message to my dad
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Bill & Terry Davenport

Posted at 02:47pm
Uncle Stanley,Susan,& Laurie, so sorry for your loss,You all are in our thoughts and prayers.God bless.(((Hugs)))
 
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Susan Hannigan Posted at 05:03pm

Thank you Bill and Terry. We appreciate your prayers and words of comfort. I will pass your message on to my dad. Hugs
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Brian McKeown

Posted at 01:00pm
I extend my sincere condolences to the Wieliczka and Hannigan extended family. As a teacher at WL High School I was fortunate to have young Tom as a student. It is no exaggeration to say that he, in his 4 years at the high school graduating in 1972, was an inspiration to his fellow classmates and to the faculty that taught him. My memories of Tom are numerous as he exhibited true grit and a love of learning. Again, I and my wife Pam extend our sincere condolences in your loss of such a fine man.
Sincerely,
Brian & Pam McKeown
 
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Susan Hannigan Posted at 05:11pm

Hello Brian and Pam. Thank you so much for the memories you shared. He was a remarkable man with determination to conquer any of the challenges life presented. Thank you for your words of comfort.
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