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Thomas Michael Wachlarowicz

November 29, 1953 ~ January 12, 2022 (age 68)



Thomas Michael Wachlarowicz, age 68, of Silver Lake passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at his residence after a 2 year battle with cancer.

He was born on November 28, 1953 in Little Falls, Minnesota to John & Rose (Rohlik) Wachlarowicz.

Tom graduated from Little Falls High School in 1971.

He proudly and honorably served his Country in The United States Army from 1973 – 1976.

Tom attended St. John’s University, Rochester Community College and Mankato State University.  He received degrees in both nursing and business.

On June 9, 1979 Thomas M. Wachlarowicz and Penny L. Piper were joined in holy marriage in Rochester.   God blessed their marriage with four children.

He was formerly employed as a Nursing Home Director in various facilities throughout Minnesota.

Tom served on The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board from 1990 until 2001.

Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodcarving, biking, feeding the birds, playing cards and Farkle with grandchildren, and making fishing lures. 

Family was very important to him!

Survived by his loving wife of forty-two years: Penny; children and spouses: Kara (Matthew) Wallace, Mathew (Kate) Wachlarowicz, Marissa (Emanuel VonDran) Wachlarowicz and Nikolas (Gargy Dubey) Wachlarowicz; grandchildren: Benjamin, Zackary & Katelyn Wallace; Jack & Boone Wachlarowicz and Liam, Lincoln and Brekkan VonDran; siblings: Jim (Lynn) Wachlarowicz, Jeff (Roxanne) Wachlarowicz, Frank Wachlarowicz,  Jack (Grace) Wachlarowicz, Mary (Steve) Dewald, and Ann Wachlarowicz; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents.

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