Obituary: Thomas Edward Czyz
October 19, 1935-January 13, 2012. Our Lord Jesus Christ called Thomas Edward Czyz of Reno on Friday, January 13, 2012 after a heart attack. For 76 years, Tom lived his Catholic faith and loved his family.
Tom was born in Hammond, Indiana on October 19, 1935 to Eugene and Eleanor Czyz. He was an outstanding three-sport athlete at Western Michigan University, where he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball, and earned a degree in business administration. He played in the College World Series for the Broncos and still holds an NCAA Division I record for hitting three triples in one game.
In 1956, he married the love of his life-Sylvia Dana-and moved to Arcadia, California to start a business. Nine children later, Tom and Sylvia moved to North Lake Tahoe in 1974, where they operated a retail clothing store in Incline Village for 16 years.
Tom lived his life to the fullest, generously giving time to his faith and family. He was a daily communicant and a devoted member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Mission, where he served as council president, always making sure parish needs were met. He loved watching his children and grandchildren participate in various activities and enjoyed coaching sports, hunting, and fishing. Tomand#8217;s favorite activity was gathering all his family together to celebrate.
Tom is survived by his wife Sylvia; sister Doris (Russ); nine children: Cheryl (Allan), Teri (Rick), Mary (Tom), Thomas, Jr. (Tammi), Mike (Pam), Karin (Steve), Linda (Eric), Chris (Cheryl), and Gemma (Michael); 31 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. More great grandchildren are on the way.
A Rosary is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Waltonand#8217;s Funeral Home in Reno. A funeral Mass will take place Friday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno. Burial will follow at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery in Reno. In lieu of flowers, please have Mass intentions said for Tom.
Tom will be loved and missed every day.
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