Thomas Robert Jarosch
July 29, 1949 – July 12, 2020
Thomas Robert Jarosch, of Williamsburg, died on July 12, 2020; he was 70 years old. Born July 29, 1949, in Grand Rapids, to Carl and June (Burch) Jarosch, Tom was the eldest of five children. He attended West Catholic High School and was an accomplished athlete who excelled in many different sports. Tom was part of the Junior Achievement program and learned skills for business and success that would take him through life. In 1983, Tom married Amy Hanson and they settled in Elk Rapids. Children would not be in the cards for them, but Tom and Amy gave their love to many pets over the years. Occupationally, Tom tried a little of everything. He would do things simply because someone told him he couldn’t. He was a bartender, landscaper and gifted salesman, all before he landed on his true love of mosaic stone work. Tom used his experience in business to helpfully advise others and offer guidance proving that, in spite of his competitive nature, he wanted to see everyone succeed. That competitive nature led him to be a legendary ladder ball player and shrewd in the ways of euchre, cribbage and horseshoes. Tom is survived by his siblings, Jeri Ann (Will) VanderEnde, Charles (Mary Jo), Theresa Martin, James (Tamie), his nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, aunt and uncle Robert and Ginny Jarosch and his brother-in-law, Bob Martin. A celebration of life will be held when large gatherings are again considered to be safe. Donations may be made in Tom’s memory to the Father Fred Foundation. Arrangements are entrusted to Covell Funeral Home, Elk Rapids.
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Thomas Robert Jarosch
July 31, 2020
Tom and I grew up together on the westside of Grand Rapids and attended West Catholic HS together. We were close through college and Tom got me my first real job after college working at Nawara Brothers selling appliances in GR. Tom was always a good friend who could be trusted and generous.
When we were in 10th grade Tom had a Honda 50cc motorbike we rode together everywhere even a trip to Grand Haven. It took us 2.5 hrs at a top speed of 30mph!
Tom stood up for me in my wedding 48 years ago.
Goodbye my friend
July 19, 2020
Rip Tom, enjoyed working with you for five years side by side at Nawara Brothers on Alpine. Lots of good memories!
July 16, 2020
I am so sorry to hear that Tom passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with Amy and Tom’s family. RIP Tom.
Chris Rogers (Boruta)
July 15, 2020
Condolences to Tom’s family...Not just saying this Tom was one of the most kind..nice people in the class of 1967...May he RIP..Bless you & stay safe!!
Chris Rogers ( Boruta)