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Dearest Friends and Family,
As you already know, our beloved Father, Grandfather, Husband, Brother,
Friend... Thomas Patzelt... passed away on Thursday evening, September 16th,
2021. He was in the ICU battling Covid for nearly 3 weeks. As you can
imagine, the medical bills are quite a burden for the family. We know times
are tough for a lot of people, so ANY amount is graciously accepted and
appreciated. Seriously, even $1 or $5 or $10.
Without exaggeration, Tom was one of the kindest, sweetest, and most genuine
human beings most of us have ever had the privilege of knowing. We will all
miss his jokes, his silliness, his smile, his laugh, his enthusiasm, and his
positive attitude. Everyone knows how much he loved children. Not just his
own children (Mariana and Tom Jr) and grandchildren (Ben, Amelia, Olivia,
Juliana, Isabel, and Camila). But he loved ALL children, as he was a big kid
at heart. He played with many generations of nieces and nephews and their
children as well. Of course he was a very popular Santa Claus at North
Riverside Mall for 3 seasons. He really LOVED being Santa!
Tom had seemingly boundless energy and incredible work ethic. And he really
got along with everyone regardless of age, race, background. He truly loved
all people. He loved going to the shooting range (Especially with his best
friend/brother Pat and his sister-in-law Debbie), and he loved long walks in
the forest preserve.
Tom had so many friends, that it's impossible to list them all. From the Old
Neighborhood on Claremont and Taylor... from his early days at John M
Smith... to Simpsons Tavern... to his construction days... to his time at
Midway Airport... and all his fellow massage therapists and patients. To his
closest friends, you know who you are. Although, Tom truly did make everyone
feel like they were his best friend.
The phone calls and text messages pouring in from friends, family, and
co-workers is heartwarming and a true testimony to how many people were
impacted by this humble man of God.
We know we speak for a LOT of people when we say we are truly heartbroken
and will miss him dearly!
-Mariana, Tom Jr, and Blanca

Services will be held at CENTRAL CHAPEL, 6158 S. Central Ave., Chicago, IL,
where family and friends will gather on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 3
to 8 p.m. Funeral Service 4 p.m. at Central Chapel. Cremation following in
accordance with his wishes.

Please visit THOMAS F. PATZELT BOOK OF MEMORIES. To express your thoughts or
memories in the online guest book, visit or Info., 773 581 9000.