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Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home & Cemetery

14501 North Ih-35, Pflugerville, TX

OBITUARY

Deacon Tom

December 13, 1942September 15, 2019

Deacon Tom Johnson, 76, of Cedar Park, TX, passed away peacefully September 15, 2019. He was born in St. Louis on December 13, 1942 to Thomas and Selma Johnson.

Tom graduated from Fairview High School. He then received an engineering degree from Rolla School of Mines in Missouri.

He met his beautiful bride-to-be, Susan M. Kuzinske at the age of 15 and they were married on June 4, 1964. After they were married Tom spent 25 years in the computer industry which took them from St. Louis to Eden Prairie, Minnesota and finally home to Austin in 1990.

Tom was ordained as a Deacon in the Catholic Church on June 18th, 2000. He loved nothing more than his family and serving the greater Austin Diocese. St. Thomas More held a very special place in his heart where he is loved by many.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Susan M. Johnson, his daughter Kelly (Jimmy) Schwertner, his son Paul (Erin) Johnson. He was proud of his grandchildren Emma and Ava Schwertner, Jude, Jonah, and Deacon Johnson. He is also survived by his two sisters, Laverne and Selma, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Tom was proceeded into heaven by his son Scott Paul and his parents.

A vigil will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. presided by Bishop Vasquez. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 a.m., September 20, 2019 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church with a luncheon to follow and then burial at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks at 2:30 p.m.

  • FAMILY

  • Tom is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Susan M. Johnson, his daughter Kelly (Jimmy) Schwertner, his son Paul (Erin) Johnson. He was proud of his grandchildren Emma and Ava Schwertner, Jude, Jonah, and Deacon Johnson. He is also survived by his two sisters, Laverne and Selma, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

    Tom was proceeded into heaven by his son Scott Paul and his parents.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Paul Norath
  • Michael Eilers
  • Eddy Shelton
  • Eric Shelton
  • Jude Johnson, Honorary
  • Jonah Johnson, Honorary
  • Deacon Johnson, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Vigil Service Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, September 20, 2019

Memories

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Marc Washburne

September 20, 2019

I knew Deacon Tom from his early days in formation. All through his development and then his ordained ministry he showed great compassion for all. I enjoyed knowing him. He was among the very finest of the Deacons in Austin.
Deacon Marc & Beverly Washburne

Paul Nixon

September 19, 2019

To Paul and the entire Johnson family: wishing you peace, comfort, and rest during this difficult time. If there's anything I can do to help you through this period of transition, please let me know.

Barbara and Michael Forbes

September 19, 2019

We are forever grateful to Deacon Tom for forming us to serve as a deacon in our beloved Church. We cherish him for his gentle demeanor, wonderful humor, patience and thoughtful counsel. Thank you to Sue and family for sharing him with us. Our sincere condolences, love and prayers are with you. Deacon Tom is forever in our hearts as he rests in the arms of our Lord.

Tom and Mary Mallinger

September 18, 2019

Deacon Tom a beautiful,loving, friend of ours. We met Tom and Sue at a St Thomas More pot luck gathering. Later Tom told my Tom, he was interested in becoming a deacon. From that we grew in a deep spiritual and fun relationship.
We took a vacation to Disney World and later we took them to the painted churches of TX. That was a 2 day trip that the 4 of us talked about many times.
Tom was an angel here on earth. He never complained about his problems but always asked us how we were doing.
Now heaven has another angel but we are missing one here.Tom, help us to get to heaven and see you again.
Sue , we are here for you. love Deacon Tom and Mary Mallinger

Lisa Horvath

September 18, 2019

I was blest to visit with Deacon Tom at his home. He was a gracious host and a great conversationalist. No matter what trials he was experiencing, he had an inner peace. He made visitors feel comfortable.
Smiling and witty are my memories of Deacon Tom. I'm thankful for his dedication to our Saint Thomas More family. Praying for Sue and the family as they mourn his passing from this life. I know he'll be interceding for us from his resting place with the Lord. I now have another friend in heaven.

Cindy Acosta

September 18, 2019

Deacon Tom was a sweet, kind man who always shared his love and happiness! No matter where we ran into each other; mass, preschool events, HEB, wherever, he always stopped to say hello and give a hug! He was always genuinely interested in how I was doing; even when he was ill!
LOVE you Deacon Tom! ❤️
Rest in peace sweet friend....🙏

Kathryn Hartsell

September 18, 2019

We are so sorry. Tom and I have wonderful memories of good times when you were just next door. Jennifer remembers all those Christmas's when we were gone and you put out all her presents so that she would believe that Santa had been there.

Kathy and Tom Hartsell
Jennifer Hahn

Melissa Lohrmann

September 17, 2019

My heart is broken. Tom has been a part of my life for over 55 years, since I was 9 years old. He was my loving brother-in-law! He took me to buy my first car, told me the best radio station to listen to but then I realized his sense of humor was not telling me what station was good! He married and conducted numerous family funerals, always strong and faithful! Tom walked me down the isle when I got married! It is hard to see his empty seat and my heart is heavy but faith leads me to believe he is in the arms of His Lord and free from pain. He fought the good fight with dignity. I never heard him say "why me? Or poor me". He was an example to everyone. RIP Tom, you will be so missed by so many!

Danielle White

September 17, 2019

Deacon Tom holds a special place in my heart. He always greeted me with a smile, a hug and often a joke. My father suffers from
Parkinson’s disease as well. I have watched Tom as he carried this cross with a positive attitude, a love for God and his family and a smile. Deacon Tom you will be missed but we all find comfort knowing you will be interceding for us in heaven.

Dan Lupo

September 17, 2019

Tom’s legacy is that he touched everyone he encountered, and helped many move closer to an authentic encounter with Christ. Sometimes directly, as with his homilies, or indirectly, as with his spiritual direction. The diaconal formation program helped me learn what a deacon does, but Tom modeled for me who a deacon is.

I will miss his dry humor, his sarcasm, his affirmations. I will miss having such a kind, loving, generous spiritual father. Eventually Tom became my diaconal brother and my friend. A dear one. I will miss him greatly. But Tom lives on, in me and in all of us who were blessed to know him and grow in grace from knowing him.

God bless you, Tom. Keep a spot in heaven’s formation program open for me. See you when I see you, my friend. And thank you. For everything.
—Dan

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Deacon Tom Johnson, 76, of Cedar Park, TX, passed away peacefully September 15, 2019. He was born in St. Louis on December 13, 1942 to Thomas and Selma Johnson.

Tom graduated from Fairview High School. He then received an engineering degree from Rolla School of Mines in Missouri.

He met his beautiful bride-to-be, Susan M. Kuzinske at the age of 15 and they were married on June 4, 1964. After they were married Tom spent 25 years in the computer industry which took them from St. Louis to Eden Prairie, Minnesota and finally home to Austin in 1990.

Tom was ordained as a Deacon in the Catholic Church on June 18th, 2000. He loved nothing more than his family and serving the greater Austin Diocese. St. Thomas More held a very special place in his heart where he is loved by many.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Susan M. Johnson, his daughter Kelly (Jimmy) Schwertner, his son Paul (Erin) Johnson. He was proud of his grandchildren Emma and Ava Schwertner, Jude, Jonah, and Deacon Johnson. He is also survived by his two sisters, Laverne and Selma, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Tom was proceeded into heaven by his son Scott Paul and his parents.

A vigil will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. presided by Bishop Vasquez. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 a.m., September 20, 2019 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church with a luncheon to follow and then burial at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks at 2:30 p.m.