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Thomas Wlaschin

Thomas Ralph "Tom" Wlaschin

Monday, November 12th, 1951 - Sunday, December 20th, 2020
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Thomas "Tom" Ralph Wlaschin, 69, passed away at Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City, SD on December 20, 2020 after suffering a fall in his home earlier in the month. Cremation has taken place and there will be a celebration of Tom’s life at a later date. In lieu of flowers or gifts the family requests that memorial donations be made in Tom Wlaschin's memory to the St. Agnes School Tuition Scholarship Fund in care of the St. Agnes School Foundation. P.O. Box 2214, Scottsbluff, Ne 69363. Online condolences may be made in Tom’s honor by viewing his memorial page at www.bridgmanfuneralhome.com. Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff is entrusted with arrangements.

The third of six brothers, Tom was born on November 12,1951, in San Diego, CA, to Joe and Charlotte Wlaschin. A devoted son, loving brother, passionate educator, Tom attended St. Agnes School, Scottsbluff Junior and Senior High and graduated in 1969. Tom graduated from the University of Wyoming and Chadron State College with Bachelor's and Master's degrees respectively, then entered the teaching profession in Norfolk, Nebraska. There he met his lifelong friends, Steve and Colleen along with 5 other dear friends, with whom he developed a passion for camping and fishing and shared a weeklong fishing derby every summer for more than 40 years, even as his teaching career took him to Ord, Grand Island, Gering, and Scottsbluff. No stranger to travel, Tom could often be found travelling with his parents from coast to coast to visit the extended family, including the many nieces and nephews who were very special to him.

Tom held teaching and administrator positions all over the state of Nebraska, eventually settling in Scottsbluff where he taught at Lake Minatare School, Haig Country School, and Gering Junior High. He retired from teaching after a 30-year career but continued to volunteer and tutor at St. Agnes School in Scottsbluff, NE until the time of his death.

Tom is survived by his 5 brothers JB “Butch” and wife Rosemary, Joseph “Jack”, Patrick and his wife Sharon, Christopher and his wife Pam, Andy and his wife Gina, 15 nephews and nieces: Kirt, Mark, Craig, Lisa, Molly, Aaron, Brian, Jeramiah, Nathaniel, Brandon, Charlotte, Noah, Ericka, AJ, Cameron, and 22 great nieces and nephews. Tom is also survived by the hundreds of teachers and students he came in contact with over his lifetime as an educator, principal, volunteer and friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Charlotte.
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    Fairview Cemetery
    Address
    4109 5th Avenue
    SCOTTSBLUFF, NE 69361
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In lieu of flowers or gifts the family will establish a scholarship fund in Tom's name to assist families of students with their educational needs.

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Martha(ogg)Polacik

Posted at 11:55am
My condolences to the Wlaschin family. I knew of him, he was younger. But what I have been reading . He was a very nice and a thoughtful individual.
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Mike Lofing

Posted at 11:05am
It is so sad to hear of Tom's passing. My condolences to the family.
I first met Tom at Lake Minatare school when I was coaching basketball and he was hired as the principal. He went above and beyond to help me on a daily basis. He was the most humble, kind, soft spoken man I ever met. His devotion to the students was 2nd to none and they loved him for it. They followed him around like the pied piper. He was a true friend and his family must be very proud of him.
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Christy Anderson

Posted at 01:57am
I met Tom when working at a local bank in the early 80s, we soon became friends. It just so happened that I also lived next to his parents for a few years and soon grew to know his family. Tom then became my boss when we both started working at the Gering Junior High School. I loved watching the relationships he built with the students, he had an awesome memory for their names. While working at the school, we started eating together at the Log Cabin on my bowling nights as I was living 20 miles east of town and would not go home before bowling. This Tuesday night ritual continued for 27 years. Tom was definitely one of the good guys in our world, always sincere, kind, and giving. You would never hear Tom complain, even though he had his fair share of challenges during his life. I can't explain how much I will miss this dear friend, as will many. I am sure he is looking from down from above at all of his past students and friends, smiling and running on his new legs. Rest in Peace dear friend!
 
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Julius Wlaschin Posted at 09:29pm

Thank you Christy, he truly enjoyed those Tuesday nights. You were a very very special friend. Butch
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MacKenzie Broderick

Posted at 09:14pm
Mr. Wlaschin was a wonderful person and principal. I started attending Haig School around 2006 for 6th and 7th grade before it closed which is where I met Mr. Wlaschin. He was always so kind and friendly and he would often tutor students (including myself) who did not excel in math, after school. My fondest memory of him was when I had just gotten braces and we were eating lunch and a part of my braces came off during lunch and so my mother picked me up from school so I could get them fixed. I remember coming back from the dentist to Haig and Mr. Wlaschin was waiting for me and he had saved my lunch for me. He sat down with me and ate his lunch as well. It was such a sincere gesture and we had a really nice conversation. Furthermore, I often saw him at St. Agnes Church and would often catch up with him and sometimes sit with him. I will always remember his kindness, willingness to listen, advice and gentle voice. I know he helped many students and was appreciated by so many. He is missed but certainty not forgotten.
 
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Julius Wlaschin Posted at 09:34pm

Thank you MacKenzie. It was tough on Tom to have to close the school. He missed the children and worried about their next school. He loved meeting his former students at the county fair and in town. We all will miss him. Butch
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Mary Carson

Posted at 04:21pm
Our sincere sympathies to Butch, Jack, Pat, Chris and Andy,
We are not sure, when we go to St. Agnes Church, that we'll know where to sit
because we sat beside Tom (in the same pew) for years. He was always there
first and always had a comment of some nature. He will be truly missed.
We were neighbors and friends to the Wlaschin family for many years.
We watched Tom grow in his educational persuits from grade school, middle school, high
school, college and finally a Masters Degree in Education.
Tom was a great person, a wonderful teacher,principal, volunteer and friend. He will be
missed by all who knew him.
Tom and Mary Carson
 
JW

Julius Wlaschin Posted at 09:32pm

Thanks Mary and Tom for your kind thoughts. He loved the kids. Everyone was special to him, even all of his nieces and nephews. They will all miss him dearly. As will his extended family. Butch
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