Thomas A. Widtfeldt
September 21, 1946 – December 14, 2019
Tom was born on September 21, 1946 in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School through 8th grade, Arch Bishop Ryan High School for 2 years, then moved to Millard and graduated from Millard High School. He completed a year of college before starting his career as a salesman in the food industry. This would be his career for over 40 years.
Tom married Diane on September 14, 1968. They had 2 kids, Eric & Jill. Tom spent many years and countless hours serving others as a football & baseball coach and scout leader. Long after Eric quit Cub Scouts as a young boy, Tom ran the pinewood derby track for hundreds of troops, as he had the only digital read-out finish line track in the city of Omaha.
Though Tom had many titles of son, brother, husband, dad, & coach– to name a just few– his favorite title of all was grandpa. He loved being a grandpa to his 6 grandkids: Jackson, Madeline, Allison, Trevor, Cruz & Lola. His favorite thing to do was watch them shine in their sports and activities. They couldn’t have asked for a better grandpa.
Tom enjoyed fishing in his free time. For many years, he had a yearly fishing trip to Canada with his friends. He treasured that time with his dear friends. He was also known for his green thumb.
In December of 2007, Tom got a bacterial infection. This infection took his kidney function. After a year and a half of dialysis, Tom’s brother, Bob, gave him a kidney. For this, we are forever grateful, as it gave Tom another 10 years of living a good life. Because of this, Tom was able to see his last 2 grandchildren be born and do what he loved most: watch his grandkids in hundreds of sporting events. With the immuno-suppressive drugs from his transplant, Tom battled—and beat– lots of obstacles, including open-heart surgery, brain surgery, and sepsis 4 times. In November of 2019, Tom got another bacterial infection. This would prove to be the one that was too much. He fought for a long month before giving in to this illness.
Tom was a wonderful person with many great qualities: dependable, genuine, hard-working, and even-keeled. He will be forever missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.
Family will receive friends Sunday, December 22nd from 3pm to 5pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by a VIGIL SERVICE at 5pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, December 23rd, 10:30am, St. John Vianney Catholic Church (5801 Oak Hills Dr.) INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery.