Ada R Tomczak

November 5, 1917June 9, 2021

Ada Ruth Tomczak, age 103, passed away on June 9th, 2021, peacefully in the home that she built with her loving husband, Ed, in Houston, Texas. Ada was born in Waller County, Texas to Joe and Laura Riley and was the youngest of 9 children. Ada is preceded in death by her loving husband, Edward Tomczak, and her eight siblings. She is survived by her faithful and loving daughter, Norma Starr and her husband, Howard Starr. Her spirit carries on in her grandchildren Stephen Starr and wife Jana, Natalie Starr Marquez and husband Eric Marquez, great grandson Ethan Starr, great grand stepson Lorenzo Marquez, and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Ada was a godly woman and knowing her Lord and loving her family brought her the greatest enjoyment. She was not pushy with her faith and tried to live by example. She was always there to lend an open ear, encouraging words, and a warm heart. Ada was a very loving and generous person. She loved spending time with her family and friends, going shopping, eating great food, especially dessert and coffee, and entertaining guests at her home. Ada was also a very well-dressed woman, always put together for any and every occasion. She loved to tell stories about her childhood and from when she was a young woman. For example, she would laugh when thinking back about picking cotton for 9 cents a day, working on the farm where she grew up, where dogs are meant to live outside and not in the house, and having fun with her siblings. Ada also loved sharing stories about helping Ed build their house and how she hauled shingles up to the top as he put the roof on. Ada valued family and loved to spend time with her daughter and son-in-law, grand and great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and all her siblings. She always looked forward to the family reunions and the cousins’ dinners. When she was ninety-something, they celebrated her birthday at a different restaurant, almost every month for a year, so she could enjoy a birthday dessert topped with a candle and “Happy Birthday” sung with joy and laughter. Her friends were also a special part of her life. She loved to host Forty-Two parties at her home and laugh with her close friends while drinking coffee and having lemon cookies and pie. Her faith in God was unwavering. She valued all the friendships she built with all of those in her Sunday school classes and the entire congregation at Lazybrook Baptist Church. Devoted to her family and faith, she was an inspiration to all that knew her. Ada will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

The service will be held June 22nd at 10am at the Pat H. Foley & Company funeral home located at 1200 W 34th St, Houston, TX 77018. There will also be a visitation on June 21st from 5pm-8pm at the address above. Flowers may be sent to Pat H. Foley & Company funeral home, or in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation

    Monday, June 21, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021


Ada R Tomczak

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Sandra Noble

June 22, 2021

Aunt Ada…. What a Great Lady!
I have great memories of our visits together. You always had lots of laughter and kindness, great hospitality, delicious foods and a Great Heart!
You were always kind and helpful to my Dad when he was young. Thank You!
You’ll be missed… God Bless You and Rest In Peace! Love You Always! ❤️🙏🏻❤️
Sandra Tomczak Noble

Sherry Smith

June 11, 2021

Aunt Ada was one of the strongest women I knew ❤️ She was the matriarch of our family and will be greatly missed. I know she is enjoying her earthly reward and her sisters and brother, uncle Ed and the Lord are embracing her ❤️ 103 years was not enough