Thomas Charles Ziegenfuss was born on November 21,1931, in Philadelphia, PA, to Thomas S. and Margaret Ziegenfuss. He died, surrounded by his loving family, on March 21,2016 at JourneyCare in Glenview.
Tom’s incredible passion for life can be summed up in four words: faith, family, friends, & football. Tom grew up in Ridley Park, PA as one of four football-loving brothers, where he attended Ridley Park High School. After graduation, he earned an appointment to Pennsylvania Military College and starred as a running back on the varsity football team. In the summer of 1954, his best friend, Jim Mullen, set him up on a first date with the lovely Barbara Leonard, who would become his loving wife for the next 57 years.
Following two years at Fort Benning, Georgia coaching football and instructing marksmanship in the Army, Tom began his 33 year career at Westinghouse Electric Supply Company, where he developed many life-long friendships. Tom and Barb raised their four children first in Philadelphia and then in Glenview when Tom was transferred to Chicago in 1969. Tom and Barb enjoyed participating in parish activities at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church, hosting and attending many memorable neighborhood parties, and taking special trips to Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, and to their favorite destination: “down the shore” in Stone Harbor, NJ, for family time with children and grandchildren.
Tom’s love for his family had no bounds. He made the most of every minute of his life, especially after receiving a brand new heart in 1996, a blessing which allowed him many more happy years with his loved ones. Attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and activities brought special joy to Tom’s life. Tom was the beloved husband of Barbara, nee Leonard; loving father of Tom (Amy), Jeanne (Rob) Brancheau, Robert (Suzie), Julie (Robert) Passmore; cherished grandfather of Christine (Nick) Petrovski, Patrick, and Kelly Ziegenfuss, Katie, Kevin, and Laura Brancheau, Meg and Molly Ziegenfuss, and Jack, Joe, Caroline, and the late Billy Passmore; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held from 4:30 to 6:15 PM on Wednesday, March 23 at N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home, 1240 Waukegan Rd., Glenview. Funeral Mass immediately following at 7PM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1775 Grove St, Glenview.
Entombment at All Saints Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sr. Paulanne’s Needy Family Fund, c/o OLPH, 1775 Grove Street, Glenview, IL 60025, http://www.olphglenview.org/good-cause/needy-family-fund or JourneyCare Hospice, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview, IL 60025, http://journeycare.org/journeycare-foundation/memorial-giving/
For more information please call 847-998-1020.
From N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home