Thomas William Welnick

May 29, 1925January 11, 2014
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Welnick, Thomas William Sr., 88 peacefully passed away surrounded by his family on January 11, 2014. A Phoenix native, he was born May 29, 1925 to Leo Sr. and Edna Welnick. He was a graduate of Kenilworth Elementary at St. Mary’s High School. After graduation he enlisted in the Navy during WWII where he served in the South Pacific. After the war, he attended Arizona State College and worked in the produce industry until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his brothers Leo Jr. and Michael and his son Stephen Joseph. He is survived by Sarah, his loving wife of 65 years, his children Deborah (Brian) Weller, John (Lynn), Kathleen (Mike) Robertson, James (Lois), Judith Sprott, Mary (Earl) Meyer, Thomas Jr., Gregory, Mark (Sandy), Jean (Bill) Carreno and Sharon (Mike) Johnson, 16 Grandchildren and 18 Great Grandchildren. Visitation and rosary service will be held at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary 7924 N 59th Ave Glendale, AZ 85301 on Thursday, January 16 from 5-8 pm. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, January 17th at 1:30pm at St. Elizabeth Seton Church 9728 W Palmeras Dr. Sun City, AZ. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Mary’s Food Bank of St. Vincent De Paul. To send online condolences please visit


  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Friday, January 17, 2014

Thomas William Welnick

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July 10, 2014

I'm always conscious of your presence. I'll love you forever and am looking forward to seeing you again.
I Love you!

Jim Welnick

July 10, 2014

There are so many good memories that we don't even know where to start. We will truly miss your cooking and then trying the recipes ourselves. We will miss visiting you at the Lakeside cabin for great food and company. We both love you very much! Jim and Lois

July 9, 2014


You taught me one of the first and best life lessons. How to give a firm and almost knuckle busting handshake. It doesn't sound like much but it has helped spare me the embarrassment of having a "dead fish" style handshake and making myself look like a complete woman. I miss you lots Grandad.

Love, Billy

P.S. I'll remember to tell the kids not to run on the deck for you.

July 9, 2014


I miss you very much! I will never forget staying with you at the cabin during our summer breaks and how you would make us the best silver dollar sized blueberry pancakes!! I can't seem to make them quite like you could. Thank you for all the great memories, you will be forever missed.

Love you very much, Andrea

July 3, 2014


Don't think I will forget all the life's lessons you taught me, how could I? Cause if you told me once, you told me 18 thousand times!!

Love & miss you,

Gregory Paul

Kelly Welnick

June 29, 2014

I will always remember the trips up to the cabin in the summer when Jeffrey and I were little and how much fun we all had. You will be greatly missed, we love you!

Ken Weller

June 17, 2014

Grandad , just wanted to say, you got me last. You touched us all in so many ways and are truly missed. Aspen asked me " who will I kiss on the cheek now ? ". Until we meet again , rest in peace.

With all our love,

Ken , Amy & Aspen

Lisa Collner

June 15, 2014


You always made me smile and I miss you very much. You were a awesome Grandfather and role model for me and my kids. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten. I love you and thank you for all you have given this family.

Lisa Collner

June 15, 2014

June 14, 2014

Thank you for the great memories. From your humor to the stories you'd tell that would leave me captivated. I will always be proud to be a Welnick. I loved going up to the cabin and spending time with you and Grams. Sitting around your gigantic dinner table was always special to me. I will always remember you sitting at the head of the table in your orange swivel chair. Thank you for having a plethora of children...aunts, uncles, and a dad who I am always looking up to. I love you and I miss you.