Thomas J. Smith
Thomas J. Smith, 66, of Peshtigo passed away in a motorcycle accident in Oconto County on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.
Born Aug. 11, 1950 in Marinette, to the late Fred J. Smith and Elizabeth "Betty"(Brabender) Brown, he grew up and lived in the Peshtigo area all of his life. He graduated from Peshtigo High School in 1968 and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Peshtigo.
He worked at Badger Paper Mill in Peshtigo for 30 years and then returned to school to become a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor at Libertas in Marinette where he spent the almost 20 years helping people overcome their dependencies. Most recently, he was working at ReBath in Green Bay a couple of days a week.
He enjoyed life, loved skiing with his "ski buddies" and family, the beach and riding his motorcycle. He shared his passion for sports teaching kids how to play and was an avid Wisconsin Sports Fan of the Packers, Brewers and Badgers.
He appreciated everything in life, filled his life with moments of strength, perseverance, conversations, the duck voice, advice, support, laughter and love and moments that mattered. No moments were insignificant and recognized those moments as times for "tough love" or times to work hard and push yourself. He helped others and even after his life he is still helping others by donating his tissue and organs.
Together, they designed and built various wood projects together and his recent love was his little dachshund Milli. His best moments in life were those with family and his dedication his family were the moments that mattered most. He believed that in order to live life you had to "Forgive the Unforgiven."
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Lisa (Swiatnicki); two sons, Nathan of Marinette and Derek of Peshtigo; a daughter, Rachel and a son-in-law, Cory Hanley of Marinette and three grandchildren; his father-in-law, Val Swiatnicki of Peshtigo, brothers and sisters and in-laws, Jim and Susie Smith and Pam Smith; Fran and Wendy Swiatnicki, Jim and Vicki Swiatnicki, Ron and Mary Lee Swiatnicki, Mary and Tom Chadwick, Renee and Greg Tonn and Michele and Bruce Bushmaker; nieces; nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Lou Swiatnicki; a son, Tony; a brother, Barry; his step-mother, Bernice; his father, Fred and his mother, Betty.
Visitation was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Peshtigo on Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. until time of the service at 1 p.m., followed by a luncheon. Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home of Peshtigo assisted the family with arrangements.
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