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In Memory of Thomas Kinsella


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday June 16, 2022
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Visitation at Church

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday June 17, 2022
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Friday June 17, 2022
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin


12:15 pm
Friday June 17, 2022
St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetey
1201 O'Keefe Road
Hudson WI, 54016

Thomas Joseph Kinsella was born in 1941 to Joseph Kinsella and Bonnie Heller Kinsella. When his father was called up for WWII Tom, his sister Kay, and his Mother moved in with their Grandpa Heller.  Tom adored his Grandpa Heller who became his buddy and lifelong mentor.  But it must have been his Grandma Kelliher who regaled him with her tales of Ol Ireland because, as those of you who knew him, he was full of the “Irish”.  His last wish was to go to Ireland one more time.


    After his Father returned from the war, there were three more little Kinsella’s added to the family.  They moved to Rapid City, SD where his father joined the police force. The family also added the youngest brother.  Tom graduated from Cathedral High School where he played football and basketball.  He also met his future wife, Kathleen Moran, during this time.  After graduation he went on to Carroll College in Helena, MT on a football scholarship.  During the summers he worked at the Reptile Gardens in Rapid City.  He taught himself how to wrestle alligators, and put on shows for the tourists. This led to an article written about his exploits in the Minneapolis Sunday Tribune, and to an appearance on the television show “What’s My Line” in 1961.


    Following graduation from Carroll, he became an insurance adjuster for a few years before being hired by 3M company.  His first assignment was Denver, Colorado. He married Kathleen Moran, whom he nicknamed Irish, and they moved to Dallas, St Paul, Belgium, and Philadelphia.  Their five children were born in Dallas.  After 30+ years with 3 M Tom retired as a director spending time in Florida and Minnesota.  His greatest joy was spending time with his family.  He went to every game, concert, play or event.  He traveled to every tournament he could.  He also loved playing golf, especially with his grandkids. He also loved spending time with his siblings and of course visiting Ireland.  He will be missed; he was our bright star.


    Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Kay, and his son Michael. He is survived by the love of his life Kathleen; his children; Shannon Menell, Sean, Conor (Katie) and Ryan Kinsella; grandchildren Brennan Menell, Annie, Payton and Garrett Kinsella; his sisters Colleen Kinsella and Ann Van Loan; his brothers Dan and Jim Kinsella; as well as dozens of nieces and nephews.


            A funeral service to honor Tom’s life will be held on Friday, June 17th, 2022 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior at the church. There will also be a visitation the night prior on Thursday, June 16th, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, WI.


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    • Tom was a fabulous individual, who made this Irishman feel welcomed when I joined 3M COSD. He always had a smile, wit, and wisdom to share.
      While we never worked directly together, I learned a lot from Tom about business relationship building, and appreciating the contributions of others. Rest in Peace Tom.

    • Tom, was a fine man who loved Kathy and the children with all of that big Irish heart . We worked together at 3M and I witnessed
      a fine leader with compassion as well. Upon retirement we enjoyed our golf and lunches and I’ll miss them. Tom’s last wish was to
      make one more trip to Ireland and I believe the Lord will take Tom for that trip and he will look down on the green Isle and smile.
      God Bless Tom, Rest in Peace,

    • There are no adequate words to describe Tom, he was such an amazing man. He was smart, but humble, kind and generous. He was the fun, positive person that everyone loved to be around. What probably stood out the most about Tom was his love for his wife and family. His children and grandchildren were so blessed to have the continuous dedication and encouragement he and Kathy provided. He will be so missed here on earth, but I know he was welcomed in heaven by his sweet mother, Grandma Bonnie and his son, Mike who was a light to his family and friends. They are together now and I would have loved to see that reunion. I know that they are both watching over their family with perfect love.

      It was a joy to know you Tom. Until we meet again,


    • Mr Kinsella was of the best and my family and I are so sorry to hear of his passing.

      Tom always made you feel better about yourself with encouraging words, or “pearls of wisdom”. Tom would always be at our football and rugby games with keen attention to how we all played. He would also frequent our practices after work with a golf iron in hand to work on his golf game, demonstrating great work life balance.

      Tom always welcomed me, including Thanksgivings in Bucks County when I was in the US and it was great to hear about him when I saw Conor last month in London.

      Rest In Peace and our thoughts are with your family.

    • Tom was such a sweet and wonderful man. His love and commitment to family was obvious to everyone who spent time with him. I know he will be so greatly missed by many. I hope his memory brings comfort to the whole family.

      Sending love,
      The Landers Family

    • So sorry to hear of your loss’ You and your family are in my prayers. Francie Ritter

    • I am so very sorry for your loss of such a cherished man. Please know each of you is in my heart and prayers.
      We send our most heartfelt sympathy and love, to your entire Kinsella family.

      Rich and Jan Elias

    • Tom Kinsella is one of the 4 or 5 special individuals in my life that truly shaped my career and outlook on life. Tom cherished his family and his adoring wife, Irish. Tom demonstrated life balance and Tom always set such a awesome example as a Christian man who put God and Family 1st in his life……yet always worked hard at 3M and left such a legacy for many of us who were fortunate enough to have worked for him.

      Rest In Peace Tom,