Thomas H. Schnick

Thomas H. Schnick

Madison: Thomas H. Schnick, age 62 of Madison, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, July 23, 2012.

Being a father was a major joy in Tom’s life. An exceptionally doting father, Tom wanted nothing but the best for his five children and made a point of getting to know each one individually. He was the type of father who enjoyed Christmas morning just as much as his children did.

Family was extremely important to Tom. His brother and sister were deeply important to him. He loved his cousins and enjoyed speaking often with his brothers and sisters in-law as well as his mother and father in-law.

An avid bicycler, Tom was known to excitedly show off his newest bike. He also enjoyed fly fishing and playing his clarinet. A devoted husband of 38 years Tom was known to spend most of his time at his wife’s side, including a recent trip to Germany to visit distant relatives and research family history. Tom’s professional career exhibited the type of passion he was known for. He spent 15+ years as a minister in various locations from Marquette, MI to Madison, WI. He also taught history and religion classes at WLA in Fond du lac. Tom then found a new passion. He wanted every child to learn the enjoyment of reading. He earned his Doctoral Degree from UW Madison and then became instrumental in the development of a system to assist children in finding books for their individual reading level. He later took this passion to the job he currently held at Walden University teaching master’s and doctoral students to become the country’s next reading specialists. Tom has deeply affected the lives of so many and will be sorely missed.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Jean of Madison; five children, Andrew of Madison, Joseph (Melanie) of Madison, Heidi of Madison, Eva (Charles) Bennett of Madison, Mary (Sylvester Wheaton) of Madison; one granddaughter, Syrenity; a brother, Fred (Ann) of Reno, Nevada, a sister, Jerilynn (Chris) Reed of Sacramento, CA and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 27, 2012 at BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 312 Wisconsin Avenue, with Pastor John Swanson officiating.

Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Avenue and again at church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.