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Thomas Lawrence Germata

August 24, 1950April 24, 2021

Thomas “Tom” Germata of Wadsworth, IL., born August 24, 1950, passed away on April 24, 2021 surrounded by family and friends in the beautiful home he built by hand and raised his family in. Beloved husband of the late Margaret “Maggie” Germata (nee Bradatsch). Loving father of Daniel (Megan), the late Bradley, and Eric. Dear brother of the late John “Ronnie” Germata, Carol Dumont, the late Michael Hurley (Tina), and Ted Germata (Katie).

Tom grew up in Forest Lake, IL. prior to serving in the U.S. Army (1971-1973) and his marriage to Maggie (1976), eventually settling in Wadsworth in 1989. He worked for decades in the automotive industry before finding a new passion teaching automotive business management courses at the College of Lake County, from which he retired.

Tom enjoyed scouring estate sales while looking for treasures and, of course, stamps to add to his life-long collection. His eclectic taste in music spanned decades and always provided the soundtrack for family parties or relaxing evenings in the back porch. He and his cousin Al Groves even operated their own professional recording studio at one point.

Tom found joy working with his hands, from mechanical repairs and woodworking to raising his bountiful herb and vegetable garden. He was a true outdoor lover and looked forward to summer for music festivals, golfing, road trips, camping, and long walks with his “granddogs.”

Tom was accepting of all people and loved sharing stories about his adventurous life and international travels over a tasty dessert or a shot of Asbach. He always had sage advice to share, such as, “never apologize for things you cannot control.”

Tom, you showed us how to be optimistic through any challenge in life. Your sense of humor, sarcasm, constant smile, and laid back attitude really tied the party together. You will not be forgotten and will be sadly missed, but we find comfort in knowing you have been reunited with Maggie and Brad. “Life is short but sweet for certain.”

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021 from 4-8 PM at Marsh Funeral Home, 305 N Cemetery Rd, Gurnee. Visitation will continue on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 9-10 AM at St. Patrick Church, 15000 W Wadsworth Rd, Wadsworth. Celebration of Life Mass will begin at 10 AM. Interment at Ascension Cemetery, 1920 Buckley Rd, Libertyville.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Marsh Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 50 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

Memories

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Donna Horler

April 30, 2021

Sharing your sadness as you remember Tom Tom is an old school friend from Lake Zurich. He was a real gentleman bringing good conversation, happy times , and good music ! My family loved visits with Tom and cousin Al ! I am so lucky to have had Tom as a friend!
May You Rest With Peace Tom
❤️Donna (Debbie and Horler Family )

Eric Germata

April 29, 2021

So many of my memories with my dad revolve around building or fixing things. He taught me so many things that I’ll never forget. This is one of my favorite pictures, helping him install the kitchen floor in his dream home.

Patti Deemer

April 29, 2021

Tom was a high school and grade school classmate. He was always a nice guy. My condolences to all of his family members. May he rest in peace, and may you find peace in your memories of him.
Patti Deemer

Al Groves

April 27, 2021

Tom was my cousin and best friend. We grew up together and had too many good times as younger men. I will always treasure our time spent.

Jay and Carolyn Fiore

April 26, 2021

Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this difficult time.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY