Mr. Thomas A. Powroznik, age 73, formerly of New Hartford, and currently a resident of Indianapolis, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the St. Vincent Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer. At the time of his peaceful passing, he was surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Utica on January 4, 1944, Thomas was the son of the late Walter Powroznik and Helen (Kowalski) Garrison. He also knew the love of his late step-father, Roy Garrison. He was a graduate of the Sauquoit Valley School system and went on to receive an Associate Degree from MVCC. He also attended Utica College of Syracuse University. Tom was a proud veteran of the United States Navy where he honorably served his country from 1966-1969. On August 3, 1968 he married the former Mary Ellen Pannick with whom he shared a beautiful, co-dependent union of almost 49 years. Their love for one another was evident to everyone. While residing in New Hartford, Tom offered his talent of repairing tube-style televisions, now an obsolete technology and a lost art. He began his career in electronics with the General Electric Company before relocating to Indiana Aerospace, Inc. in Indianapolis. His responsibilities required traveling extensively to the Far East where he was a Technical Support Specialist. Lastly, he was the Project Coordinator at Thompson Consumer Electronics, retiring in 2009.
Tom was a remarkable man, very honest, respectful, and personable. He was a gentle, humble man of great accomplishments and an ardent advocate of social justice. He held a deep conviction to his Catholic creed and his faith was the foundation that grounded as well as empowered him. Tom was deeply devoted to his family. He was blessed with a jovial personality and a hearty sense of humor. He was a sportsman who appreciated the tranquility of the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and particularly golfing.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen; his sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen Powroznik and Lisa Getman, Mark and Debbie Powroznik, and Daniel Powroznik; his grandchildren, Kevin, Christine, and Vivian Powroznik; and Nikki Getman; and his sisters and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Howard Dietrich, and Lucy Powroznik Yapaolo and Philip Yapaolo. He also leaves his nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, aunt and uncle, Josephine and George Swift; in-laws, William Pannick, and Gerald and Mary Jane Pannick; and his lifelong friend, David Butler, with whom he shared a bond of brotherhood. He was predeceased by his nephew, Jeffrey Yapaolo in 2005.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 10655 Haverstick Road. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2017, at Flanner and Buchanan – Carmel, 325 East Carmel Drive, with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be shared by visiting www.flannerbuchanan.com.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017, from 5-7 at the Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St., corner of Hammond Ave in Utica, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution in Tom’s honor may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 100 Lomond Court, Utica, NY 13502 or online at https://www.cancer.org. Tom’s funeral service and Celebration of Life will be held on Friday morning at 10:00 at St. John the Evangelist Church where his Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. Kevin Bunger with Military Honors conferred. He will be laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum at the convenience of the family
Flanner and Buchanan- Carmel
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St. Elizabeth Seton
Saturday March 18th, 2017
10655 Haverstick Road
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Tom presented to my CRHP team and I was fortunate to get to know and spend some time with him. It was always nice to see his face and smile at our TMIY Friday morning meetings at St Elizabeth Seton. I am deeply sorry for your loss and my prayers are with your family during these difficult times.
Submitted by Edward Brennan on Mar 17 2017 04:54:06 PM
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Sena Ojo-A. lit a candle on Mar 17 2017 11:42:08 AM
While I am troubled to hear that such an awesome person is no longer with us, I find comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering from pain (in ANY form). Tom who I know through his beloved wife Mary (was a gentle soul). A gentle giant by way of his big heart, giving hands, courteous smile, soft demeanor, and overall... willingness to share his wife.
Can I have Mary for the day, Tom...
"often I'd think"...
often the statement was thought of yet, "seldom I had to speak"...
its seems that the couple knew that the work of God must be done,
out of ones own need our needs were meet
because of Angels "in the form of Mary & TOM".
Thank You Tom for a Life Well lived...serving GOD by serving (others) Mankind
Sena, Jide & Baby D.j. (now 6 months old)
Submitted by Sena Ojo-A. on Mar 17 2017 11:40:34 AM
It was with great sadness that we learned of Tom's passing. Tom was a wonderful person, talented and loving, and we know that you and your family have suffered a great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Submitted by Carol and Don Ryan on Mar 17 2017 09:49:58 AM
Very sorry to here that Tom has left us We were very close in high school a great friend we did a lot together I was deeply saddened when I found out from Jimmy Roberts, Tommy would do any thing for you, I will pray for his family becaus I know they will miss him deeply.
Submitted by Douglas Gilman on Mar 15 2017 10:41:57 PM
You have my deepest sympathy. I am so sorry. I worked with Tom for many years at GE. He was such a kind and caring person. Seeing his picture here has brought back many memories. While Tom is physically gone, he is with you in your hearts every single day. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Warm Wishes, Kerry Carney
Submitted by Kerry Carney on Mar 15 2017 08:58:53 PM
So sorry family. I graduated with Tom from SVCS and haven't seen him since he moved out of state. He was a great guy! Dave informed me of his passing. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Jim & Phyllis Roberts
Submitted by Jim Roberts on Mar 15 2017 03:37:30 PM
Mary, Stephen, Mark & Dan - Hearing about your loss has deeply saddened us, but we know that this is far from what you are going through right now. Losing someone we love is never easy, but knowing that we have been able to be a part of the life of that person, we can realize that we are blessed to have been able to share in his life
before he went to rest in eternal salvation. Our condolences.
Love, Jerry & Mary Jane
Submitted by Jerry & Mary Jane on Mar 15 2017 03:34:55 PM
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Jerry & Mary Jane lit a candle on Mar 15 2017 03:25:57 PM
My deepest condolences to Mary, Stephen, Mark and Dan. I pray that God gives you strength during this most difficult time. Hugs and prayers.
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