Thomas J. Jablonski

May 23, 1931 ~ October 22, 2018 (age 87)


Thomas J. Jablonski, 87, Wausau, died Monday October 22, 2018 at Mount View Care Center.

He was born May 23, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois, son of the late Thomas and Mary (Lachtera) Jablonski.  On February 16, 1963, he married Margaret Gross in Stevens Point.

Thomas proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.  He taught at the former St. James Catholic School and later taught at Newman High School from which he retired.  Among his many involvements, he was a supervisor with the Wausau Park Department Pools, was a volunteer coordinator at Marathon County Social Services, was active in Community Theatre and directed theatre at Newman High School as well as serving the Boy Scouts as assistant leader in the St. James Troop.  Camping, biking and drama were favorite pastimes for Tom.  He was active at St Mary’s Catholic Church as a lector and cantor.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret, six children, Paul (Christina) Jablonski, Green Bay, Lisa (Joe) Hietpas, Kaukauna, David (Stephanie) Jablonski, Sheboygan, Barbara (Paul) Peterson, Rockford, Illinois, John (Erin) Jablonski, Weston, Mary (Tyler) Raeder, Gaylord, Michigan, 17 grandchildren, Andrew (Claire), Aaron, Daniel Jablonski, Rachel, Maggie, Anna Hietpas, Tyler (Amanda), Emily Jablonski, Megan, Bailey, Bridget, Maximilian Peterson, George, Saige Jablonski, Zander, Vyolett, Luna Raeder, siblings, Rita (Paul) Ponschke, Chicago, Ron (Mary) Jablonski, Corbin, Kentucky, brother-in-law, Mark (Nancy) Gross, Stevens Point, sister-in-law, Betsy Gross, Mesa, Arizona and many nephews and nieces.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Francis and Gretchen Gross and a brother-in-law, Rev. Stephen Gross.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wausau.  Rev. Msgr. Mark Pierce will preside.  Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau.  Visitation for family and friends will be on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Mount View Care Center and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for their care and support.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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