Thomas TalarekMCFARLAND - Thomas Talarek, age 77, of McFarland, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020. He was born on July 7, 1942, in Manitowoc, the son of Sigmund and Johanna (Witczak) Talarek. Thomas attended school in Two Rivers, graduating from Washington High School in 1960. He went on to attend the Wisconsin State University and graduated in 1965 with a degree in Conservation and Biology. Thomas served in the U.S. Army from 1966-1968 during the Vietnam Era. He worked seasonal appointments with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service including, Torgoss National Forest in Alaska, Everglades National Park in Florida and Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. Thomas served as a district executive for the Boy Scouts of America in Beloit. In addition, he was employed by Service Master Industries as the Hospital Department Manager. Thomas was promoted as a regional manager serving North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He retired from the University of Wisconsin Hospital in 1998, as Director of Environmental Services. Thomas was very active with the Boy Scouts Program as a youth and later in adult leadership roles. He was awarded scouting’s highest award of Eagle Scout in 1956. Thomas completed the outdoor wood badge training at the Region 7 Base in 1969. He remained an active outdoorsman by hunting and fishing until recent years. Thomas is survived by his son, Zach (Jodi); granddaughters, Payton, Adeline and Remington; brothers, William and Stan; cousin, Michael Bielawa and family Maggie, Mary and Millie. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Richard. Private funeral services will be held. The family would like to thank Four Winds Nursing Home and Agrace HospiceCare for all their care and love. Also thanks to Carmen and Tom for everything they did for Tom with devotion and love. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com. Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Care 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420
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It was a honor to know and care for Tom. He will be missed.
Will miss Tom. Did not know him long but could always bring a smile to the room with his rare sense of humor. Jim R @Four Winds
we loved tom here at four winds manor and he will truly be missed.
I had known Tom for over 30 years. Tom hired me at UW Hospital which allowed me to have very rewarding career. Tom will be missed. Under his rough exterior there existed a very caring man. It was a pleasure knowing Tom.