Thomas Mack, Fort Atkinson, WI/formerly Janesville, WI (1945-2014)
June 9, 1945 - August 26, 2014
Thomas Mack, 69, of Fort Atkinson, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. He was born John Thomas Mack on June 9, 1945, in Kenosha, WI, son of the late William and Jean (Zwergel) Mack. He grew up in Janesville, and graduated from Janesville High School in 1964, and earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1968. After college, Tom worked for Parker Pen in Janesville, in their accounting and finance department. On Jan 16, 1978, he was hired by W.D. Hoard & Sons Co. in Fort Atkinson, and spent most of his career as the company's Controller. Tom was also involved in real estate development projects in Rock and Jefferson Counties. He was an avid Badger football and hockey fan and was an Indy car enthusiast. He shared his love of open wheel racing with many local youth by taking them to Angel Park Speedway.
Tom was very involved in local groups and charities. He was the Treasurer and Trustee of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Janesville, and on the finance committee at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson. He served as a patient care volunteer for Rainbow Hospice. Tom also served on that organization's Board of Directors since 1995, serving two terms as President, and also its Foundation Board since 2007. Tom was a driving force in creating and funding the inpatient care center. Tom was also on the Janesville Community Day Care Center board when his daughter attended there.
Tom will be forever remembered by family and friends as an extraordinarily humble, kind, and generous man whose focus was seldom on himself, but rather on others for whom he could be helpful. His accomplishments for others were far greater than he ever allowed himself to believe. Tom earned a very special place in many, many hearts.
Tom is survived by his daughter, Heidi Benedum; and granddaughter, Brianna Benedum, both of Slinger; his sister, Carol Mack-LeFave of Fort Atkinson; nieces and nephews: Kelly and Ryan Mack, Wendy, Chris, Karen and Brent Thurner, Tony and Willie Kaplan and Amanda Kramer. Tom was preceded in death by his brother, Tim Mack; sister, Linda Thurner; and infant sister, Sandra Mack.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH in Fort Atkinson, with Father Brian Wilk officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. on Saturday at the CHURCH until time of service. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Janesville.
A very special thank you to the staff in SSICU at St. Mary's Hospital for all the wonderful care and support given to the family.
Memorials may be made in Tom's name to Rainbow Hospice Care, 147 W. Rockwell Street, Jefferson, WI 53549.
The DUNLAP MEMORIAL HOME in Fort Atkinson is assisting the family. www.dunlapmemorialhome.com