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In Memory of Thomas Austin Spears


10:00AM - 12:00PM on Monday, June 25, 2018 at St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1265 Ridge Way, Hammond, WI.

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Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00PM on Monday, June 25, 2018 at St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Thomas Austin Spears, age 86 of Baldwin, died Tuesday, June 19th, 2018, at the Baldwin Care Center. Tom was born on August 14, 1931, the son of Dr. Austin Spears and Opal Spears. Tom served as a mechanic in the United States Marines during the Korean War; he left the military after two years of service and began working for Armours and Sacred Heart Hospital as a refrigeration mechanic. On August 2nd, 1958, he was united in marriage to JoAnne Marjorie Krear; their union became blessed by three children: Michael, Julie, and Gregory.

In 1997, it was revealed that Tom had Parkinson’s disease; he fought tooth and nail against the limitations of the disease and his determination to work hard was unquestionable. His battle with Parkinson’s never hindered his love for the wilderness and the countless journeys he made with his family.

Tom had an unmatched appreciation for the outdoors and spending time with his family. He enjoyed numerous, memorable vacations to the family cabin as a child as well as hunting, fishing, and camping ventures. Tom rejoiced in his travels to unforgettable places; he always looked forward to the next exceptional journey, especially when his family accompanied him. He also took pleasure in a good game of cards with anyone who would play.

Tom will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 60 years, JoAnne; sons, Mike (Kathy) and Greg Spears; daughter, Julie (Gordy) Dalman; grandchildren, Katrina (Jonathan) Granzin, Tiffany (Shawn) Hopwood, Rachael (Josh) Schmidt, Kara (Austin) Sibley, Trevor Dalman, Tanner Dalman, Nicole Dalman, Victoria Spears, and Alexia Spears; 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Patricia Kongshaug; many nieces, nephews as well as countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Austin and Opal Spears; and brother-in-law, Richard Kongshaug.

Mass of Christian Burial for Tom will be held at 12:00PM (noon) on Monday, June 25, 2018, at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Hammond. A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 10AM – 12PM on Monday at the church. Interment will be held at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, WI.


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    • My thoughts and prayers go out to you, JoAnn. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other, but I will always remember the training you provided me when you were retiring from Land O’Lakes, and how pleasant you were. So sorry for your loss of your husband, but know he is without the challenges that Parkinson’s put him through, and he is in a better place now. With my dad having had Parkinson’s as well, I somewhat know how difficult it was at times. Cherish the memories you shared for so many years and may God’s peace bring you comfort in the days to come.