OBITUARY

Tomas Aleman

December 20, 1956June 21, 2018
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Tom was born in Santa Clara, Cuba on December 20, 1956 to Tomas Aleman and Rosaura Diez, both deceased.

He came to the United States on April 20, 1962. He became a U.S. Citizen on December 2, 1969. He was very proud to be an American.

His family moved to Harrisburg in July 1962 and he lived in the area for the rest of his life.

He married Barrie Price on August 27, 1983. The marriage was blessed with three children: Tomas Matthew, age 32 Alexander Francis, age 30 Maxwell James, age 27

His second marriage was to Marlene Pietzsch - Varnalis on September 2, 2000. The blended marriage added two children to the family: Evangelia Condon, age 35 and Kristina Varnalis, age 29

He gave everything he had to make sure his children were cared for and loved.

Tom worked as a technician at Xerox for 30 years and still maintains friendships with his fellow technicians from his time there.

He was extremely creative and multi-talented.

The highlights of his talents include the following: His mechanical abilities were unsurpassed. He could fix just about anything. As an artist, he could draw from memory. He especially loved drawing cars and mechanical things. His carpentry skills are on display throughout his house and yard. He inherited those skills from his grandfather, Bebe.

His greatest love and talent was playing his guitar. With his red Stratocaster, he played in several groups and did many gigs around the local area. His favorite artist was Eric Clapton followed by Jimmi Hendrix and The Eagles. He always said that music was his greatest therapy, especially playing the “blues”. His love of music was passed on to all of his children.

He was known as “Island Boy” to many musicians in the area due to his knowledge and talent at repairing and setting up guitars.

Tom loved motorcycles and muscle cars. His younger years were spent repairing and modifying engines to make his cars faster. He talked about his Chevelle as “the one who got away”. He had many motorcycles, but he especially loved Harley Davidsons. He finally purchased a Harley in 2004 and enjoyed riding with his buddies. He called it “wind therapy”. On his trip to visit his sister and her family in Wyoming in 2008, he visited Sturgis, the Mecca of the motorcycle culture.

He was also deeply connected to nature, and spent countless hours bird-watching and hiking through the woods. He especially loved birds of prey like hawks and eagles.

His love of College Football began in his teenage years, and continued for the remainder of his life. Every Saturday from September through December was spent yelling at the television set if a referee made a bad call (or if the coach made a bad play call).

He was happily married with Marlene, his wife of 18 years, and passed peacefully at home surrounded by his wife, his son Max, and his sister Rosy.

Every member of his family will remember his unconditional love, and will forever miss him.

Survived By: His beloved wife, Marlene, and their blended family of five, and one granddaughter. Children include his son, Tomas with his wife, Shelby and their daughter, Nina; sons, Alexander and Maxwell; and step-daughters, Kristina Varnalis, and Evangelia Condon with her husband, Cory. Also survived by his dear sister, Rosy Basko with her husband, Tony, and son, Grant. Visitation will be 3:00 to 4;00 Monday June 25, 2018 from Neill Funeral Home Camp Hill, with service starting at 4:00PM.

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Rob Murray

June 26, 2018

Tom, Barrie and kids were our neighbors for 10 years or so, during the formative years for all of our children. We learned of his passing while on a trip to California, returning yesterday. We simply would like to express our sincere condolences to Tom's family members, his wife, step-kids and especially to Tommy, Alex and Max, with whom we've shared many fond memories.

Rob and Cindy Murray

FROM THE FAMILY

Little Tommy in Santa Clara, Cuba. Close to a year old.

FROM THE FAMILY

In the back yard of our home in Santa Clara.

FROM THE FAMILY

Going for a goat cart ride with sister, Rosy, and neighbors Babi and Mandy. This is the main street in the neighborhood, the one described in the eulogy where Tommy took off with the mailman's scooter. The busy street was at the end by the hill in the background.

FROM THE FAMILY

Tommy and Rosy building sand castles in Varadero Beach on the northern coast of Cuba. 29 miles of the best sand and beach in the world.

FROM THE FAMILY

First day of Kindergarten for Tommy and second grade for Rosy at Hermanas Cuestas private Catholic school. We would come home at lunchtime and stay for a siesta till about 2. Then we would return to school and finish around 4:30 at which time we would have our merienda (snack) and eat later at about 7. We worked around the weather to avoid the hottest part of the day and waited to eat at sundown.

FROM THE FAMILY

Learning boy/girl roles. Boys have guns and dress like soldiers. Girls play with dolls (though Rosy preferred to play with guns too).

FROM THE FAMILY

The little vaquero (cowboy) and ever popular hula hoop of the 50's.

FROM THE FAMILY

Typical time and place to read the newspaper!!!

FROM THE FAMILY

Pulling our pet goat's tail. We traded a billy for this sweet little nubian.

Biography

Tom was born in Santa Clara, Cuba on December 20, 1956 to Tomas Aleman and Rosaura Diez, both deceased.

He came to the United States on April 20, 1962. He became a U.S. Citizen on December 2, 1969. He was very proud to be an American.

His family moved to Harrisburg in July 1962 and he lived in the area for the rest of his life.

He married Barrie Price on August 27, 1983.
• The marriage was blessed with three children:
o Tomas Matthew, age 32
o Alexander Francis, age 30
o Maxwell James, age 27

His second marriage was to Marlene Pietzsch - Varnalis on September 2, 2000.
• The blended marriage added two children to the family:
o Evangelia Condon, age 35 and
o Kristina Varnalis, age 29

He gave everything he had to make sure his children were cared for and loved.

Tom worked as a technician at Xerox for 30 years and still maintains friendships with his fellow technicians from his time there.

He was extremely creative and multi-talented.

The highlights of his talents include the following:
o His mechanical abilities were unsurpassed. He could fix just about anything.
o As an artist, he could draw from memory. He especially loved drawing cars and mechanical things.
o His carpentry skills are on display throughout his house and yard. He inherited those skills from his grandfather, Bebe.

His greatest love and talent was playing his guitar. With his red Stratocaster, he played in several groups and did many gigs around the local area. His favorite artist was Eric Clapton followed by Jimmi Hendrix and The Eagles. He always said that music was his greatest therapy, especially playing the “blues”. His love of music was passed on to all of his children.

He was known as “Island Boy” to many musicians in the area due to his knowledge and talent at repairing and setting up guitars.

Tom loved motorcycles and muscle cars. His younger years were spent repairing and modifying engines to make his cars faster. He talked about his Chevelle as “the one who got away”. He had many motorcycles, but he especially loved Harley Davidsons. He finally purchased a Harley in 2004 and enjoyed riding with his buddies. He called it “wind therapy”. On his trip to visit his sister and her family in Wyoming in 2008, he visited Sturgis, the Mecca of the motorcycle culture.

He was also deeply connected to nature, and spent countless hours bird-watching and hiking through the woods. He especially loved birds of prey like hawks and eagles.

His love of College Football began in his teenage years, and continued for the remainder of his life. Every Saturday from September through December was spent yelling at the television set if a referee made a bad call (or if the coach made a bad play call).

He was happily married with Marlene, his wife of 18 years, and passed peacefully at home surrounded by his wife, his son Max, and his sister Rosy.

Every member of his family will remember his unconditional love, and will forever miss him.

Survived By:

His beloved wife, Marlene, and their blended family of five, and one granddaughter. Children include his son, Tomas with his wife, Shelby and their daughter, Nina; sons, Alexander and Maxwell; and step-daughters, Kristina Varnalis, and Evangelia Condon with her husband, Cory. Also survived by his dear sister, Rosy Basko with her husband, Tony, and son, Grant.