Raymond Anthony Tomasello, Sr.
January 31, 1937 – November 10, 2021
The family will receive friends Monday, November 15th from 5pm to 7pm followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm, all at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118th Street. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, November 16th at 10:30am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church. Interment: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family.
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Preceded in death by parents, Anthony and Carmela Tomasello; sister, Gloria Jean Tomasello. Survived by wife of 62 years, IdaMae “Micki”; children: Rich Tomasello (Jaelyn), Toni Hansen (Glenn), Walt Tomasello (Lisa), Ray Tomasello (Sherry), Mike Tomasello (Alma); grandchildren: Scotty Tomasello, Jake Hansen (Ashley), Sarah Borchers, Matt Hansen (Annelise), Catherine Hansen; Nick Tomasello, Alex Tomasello, Ally Dominowski (Zach), Trey Tomasello, McKenna Tomasello, Elena Tomasello; great-grandchildren: Reid Hansen, Grace Hansen, Maddie Hansen, Juliet Borchers, and Austin Hansen; siblings: Jeaniene Bolamperti (Ted), Mary Zgoda (Gene).
Ray (“Pops” to his children and “Nanu” to his grandchildren) was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and family man. He enjoyed raising his five children and spending time with his family. Ray was a 1955 graduate of South High School and as a young man, he joined the U.S. Army and became a Paratrooper. After his honorable discharge in 1958, he met his wife, Micki, and enjoyed the rest of his life with her. After their marriage in 1959, Ray found his true calling in life when he became a carpenter. He joined Local 253 (400, 444) in 1960 and spent the next 61 years as a Union Carpenter retiring in 1996. Ray was part of building the Omaha area into what it is today including paving streets with his father to constructing buildings across the Omaha area skyline including the Bell Telephone Building, Regency Apartments, Iowa Western Community College, Willie Theisen’s mansion, Northwest High School, and countless others.
Ray had a passion for projects including creating, fabricating, and building. He could even be labeled as an artist or even an engineer when looking at some of his creations including his welding cart, tent stakes, tent poles, numerous benches, car ramps, the family camping cabinet, wooden cabinets, dresser drawers, bookcases and shelves, wooden pots, his boat and his old pickup. Ray was a true craftsman. He also had a number of other hobbies and interests over the years that included camping and boating, tinkering in his garage, restoring his boat and truck, gardening, growing grapes and fruit trees, making wine, becoming computer literate, and always having multiple projects to work on.
Ray was also a very honest and humble man who always had his fellow carpenter Saint Joseph and the Patron Saint for Paratroopers Saint Michael the Archangel looking after him along with his Guardian Angel.
Pops, your knowledge, wisdom and presence on the planet earth will truly be missed and we look forward to meeting you again on the other side.
VISITATION: Monday, November 15th from 5pm to 7pm followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm, all at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118th Street. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, November 16th at 10:30am, Mary Our Queen Catholic Church. Interment: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery with Full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family.