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Palm Cheyenne Mortuary

7400 West Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas, NV

OBITUARY

Michael Joseph Tomkovitch

May 13, 1948May 16, 2020
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Michael J. Tomkovitch, 72, Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Hopewell Junction, New York, passed away May 16, 2020 with Jean, his loving wife of 49 years, at his side.

Mike was born in Passaic, New Jersey, on May 13, 1948 to John and Catherine (Carnogursky) Tomkovitch. He was raised in Passaic and graduated from Passaic High School in 1966. He enlisted in the United States Air Force that same year and was stationed in Ankara, Turkey.

Following his tour in the Air Force, he entered Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in 1971. In June of that year, he married the love of his life, Jean Litvaitis, in Wayne Township, New Jersey. Mike earned his Master’s Degree from Western Connecticut University in 1980. He then continued on to law school and graduated from Pace University School of Law earning his Juris Doctor in 1984.

In 1985, Mike became licensed to practice law in the State of New York and was a founding partner in the law firm of Campanaro & Tomkovitch. Additional Bar admissions included U.S District Court and the Supreme Court of the United States. He practiced law in Dutchess County, New York, with emphasis on family law, and appeared frequently in the Family Court and Supreme Court of the State of New York. Throughout his legal career, Mike donated countless hours for pro bono legal work, mentored numerous newly admitted attorneys, and was often appointed by the Courts to act as Law Guardian for children and counsel for the elderly who were in need of legal services. Mike was a member, and later Chairman, of the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency from 1982 through 2010. As Chairman, he was instrumental in Dutchess County’s recovery from a severe economic downturn in the early 1980’s and was responsible for providing capital investments in numerous projects throughout the County which created many jobs and improved the quality of life for the residents of Dutchess County.

In January 2006, Mike was elected Town Justice to the Town of East Fishkill Court where he served until December 2010. Prior to become Town Justice, he was the Chairman of the Town of East Fishkill Zoning Board for many years. Following his retirement, Mike and Jean, who often wintered in Las Vegas, Nevada, moved there permanently in 2014.

Mike was an avid reader who enjoyed his daily and Sunday newspapers. He was very knowledgeable about Civil War and World War II history and greatly enjoyed touring National parks and historical sites. Mike loved traveling the world with his wife, visiting family and friends, and most recently, was overjoyed at becoming a grandfather. He had a very kind heart and a wonderful sense of humor. He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Mike is survived by his wife, Jean; his daughter Meredith, her partner Dave, and their baby daughter Amelia (presently living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), brother John and his wife Joanne, brother-in-law John and his wife Marian, sister-in-law Anne and her husband Mike, a niece, nephews and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mike was a communicant at Faith Community Lutheran Church and volunteered as a driver for the Sun City Volunteers. For many years, Mike made generous donations of food to food pantries wherever he lived.

There will be a Celebration of Life ceremony at Palm Cheyenne Mortuary, 7400 West Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada, for neighbors and friends. Interment of his ashes will occur at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada, in July at a date to be determined due to virus restrictions.

Donations may be made in his memory to an organization of your choice. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.palmcheyenne.com for the TOMKOVITCH family.

Thank you so much for your heart warming messages of condolences and personal connections about Mike. It means a lot to us that so many people have taken time to write these down and share them with us. We appreciate how much he has touched so many lives and these memories have brought a smile to us during these tough times.

Love, Jean & Meredith

Services

1 June

Celebration of Life

11:00 am

Palm Cheyenne Mortuary

Chapel

7400 West Cheyenne Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89129

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Gina Chiavelli

May 30, 2020

Dear Jean and Meredith,
So sorry to hear about Mike, you both will be kept in my prayers. I hope baby Amelia will dance just like her mother.
Much love to both of you,
Gina and Richard Chiavelli

Bo and Barb Brink

May 29, 2020

Dear Jean,
We are so sorry for your loss, but we are thankful that Mike is now in heaven with Jesus. It was such an honor to get to know Mike, and we have great memories of sharing meals with you. We are asking the Lord to give you strength and comfort for each day.
Love,
Bo and Barb Brink

Charles Ricotta

May 29, 2020

Hi Jean , My name is Charles Ricotta from Hopewell Jct NY not sure if you remember me . I'm Very sorry for the loss of Mike he was a great friend for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family , God bless.

Linda Dorrer

May 29, 2020

Mike was a big guy in his physical presence, but he was an absolute giant in kindness and decency. I send my most sincere sympathies to his family at this sad time.

Linda Dorrer
Senior Court Clerk (retired)

John Litvaitis

May 28, 2020

Jeannie and Meredith,

My earliest memory of Mike was a fishing trip he took me on before he married Jeannie. We caught a couple of fish that day and Mike clearly passed the brother-in-law interview. Years later, my family and I frequently joined Mike and Jeannie for Thanksgiving dinner along with other family and friends. These gatherings will always be special memories for me, Marian, and Sarah.

Our interests recently converged on baking bread and we exchanged photos of our best loaves. On my last visit to Las Vegas, Mike and I talked about going fishing on Lake Mead. We should have done it.

Mike was a great brother-in-law.

John Litvaitis and family

Laura Zylberberg

May 27, 2020

Jean and Meredith,
I don’t have words to express my sorrow. Mike and both of you shared yourselves with me for many years. Thanksgivings, Christmas Eve, West Point football, and of course The Jets! Thanks for the memories Mike. You are missed.

Laura Z

Henry Rosado

May 27, 2020

Jean and Meredith,
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mike “Mr. Mike”
We have wonderful memories of drives to Pennsylvania and the Concord hotel with both families.
Mike was a caring and gentle friend, a special soul and we are blessed to have known him. He will always be remembered and loved.
Rest in peace Mike.

Henry and Nancy Rosado

Kim Rosado

May 26, 2020

Jean, Meredith, & family- I am so sorry for your loss. I think the last time I saw both of you and Mr. Mike (as we fondly called him) was over 20 years ago but I have gotten updates on your adventures via my father. I remember having so much fun when we shared time - pool parties, seeing Gloria E. at the Concord, & Hershey Park! I remember Mr. Mike as a warm, vibrant, generous man and although I was a child when I knew him, I sensed a certain determination in him to live life to the fullest. He will be missed.

Wishing you peace and comfort,
Kim Rosado

Anne and Michael Caparelli

May 26, 2020

Dear Jeannie and Meredith,
There are so many wonderful memories to share. It's difficult to narrow it down. Mike loved entertaining with lots of people and lots of food. Thanksgiving was an especially favorite holiday of his when he would bake turkeys all night in preparation to take them on Thanksgiving morning to a nearby soup kitchen. Afterwards he would greet family and friends with Jeannie and Meredith at his side and share a huge feast with us, opening with prayer followed by laughter, conversation, breaking of his home baked bread, Jeannie's delicious and plentiful cooking, some Polish favorites, dozens of desserts, even a little football thrown in ending with a picture of all of us who had gathered to celebrate the day with the Tomkovitch family.

Another memorable event, there were so many, was his invitation to join him and Jeannie aboard a fire boat on a July 4th celebration on the Hudson. Never before had we experienced fireworks from that perspective.

Another memory involved our visit to their home in Las Vegas, Mike loved to drive. He said let's take a little ride today. We went to Utah and Zion National Park along the way. Our little ride was an 8 hour round trip.

We will miss our happy times together. Our prayer is that the happy memories which are so many overtake the sad moments.

Love, Annie and Mike (Mike's sister-in-law and brother-in-law)

Marc Zylberberg

May 25, 2020

Mike, Rochel Stein, Pat Campanaro and I car pooled together to law school starting in 1980. We had our own study group in Hopewell Junction, NY at Mike & Jean's house or Rochel's & always had plenty of great snacks to keep going. It has been an honor and pleasure to be part of the Tomkovitch family for these past 40 years and hopefully the next 40 !.
I will miss our conversations, discussions and emails, where we sometimes agreed and sometimes did not but always with love and caring. Rest in peace Mike T. and if you were right, say hello to Rochel.

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