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Thomas S. Manikowski

October 4, 1947 August 17, 2021
Thomas S. Manikowski
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Thomas S. Manikowski, age 73, passed away on Tuesday, August 17th, at Oak Park Rush Hospital.

Tom was born on October 4th, 1947, to Sylvester and Jeanette (Plocinski) Manikowski in Blossburg, Pennsylvania. Three of his grandparents were Polish immigrants; both of his grandfathers were coal miners. He grew up knowing the importance of family, church, education and hard work. Tom graduated from West Penn High School in Blossburg and then Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, in 1969, with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. Tom was an altar server from age eight through college.

Upon graduation, Tom began his lifelong career in insurance underwriting at Fireman’s Fund in New York. He was transferred to the Chicago Branch, where he met Diane Shoup from Polo – a Midwest farmer’s daughter, as he liked to say. They married in 1978, moved to Boston, had two children, and returned to the Chicago area in 1987, making their home in Crystal Lake for nearly thirty years. Tom retired in 2009, and time was divided between Mount Carroll, IL, and Oak Park.

Tom enjoyed coaching and officiating baseball and basketball. He was a life-long Yankees fan and loved college basketball. He was devoted to his family and was a loyal and dedicated friend to the people who knew him best.

Tom is survived by his wife Diane, his son Peter and daughter Susan. He was delighted in the wonderful persons his children married. Stephanie and Peter have three children: Isabella, Theodore, and Sophia; Aniket and Susan have Ajay.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 24th, at St. Giles Church, 1045 Columbian Ave., Oak Park with celebrant Father Tom Unz. Private burial will be at the Schreiner Cemetery, Lanark, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your local youth sports organizations.

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11:00 AM 8/24/2021 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 8/24/2021 12:00:00 PM
St. Giles Church

1045 Columbian Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302

St. Giles Church
1045 Columbian Ave. Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

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