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Thomas J. McCarthy

Saginaw, Michigan

April 27, 1965 - July 6, 2024

Thomas J. McCarthy Obituary

Thomas J. McCarthy

Thomas Twp., Michigan


Beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend passed away July 6, 2024, at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 59. The son of the late James B. and Frieda J. (Nagy) McCarthy was born on April 27, 1965, in South Bend, Indiana. Religion has always been a cornerstone in Tom’s life. He attended St. John’s Seminary, in Boston, with aspirations of becoming a priest. But God, had other plans for him. Tom realized while studying religion and philosophy that God wanted him to have a family. He left seminary and attended Saginaw Valley State University, graduating in 1990, with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He met the love of his life Bethellen Kihlstrom, in 2000 at a friend’s barbecue in Traverse City, Michigan. From there, the rest was history. Tom and Bethellen got married on September 8, 2001, in Saginaw, Michigan. She survives him. Tom worked for Corcept Therapeutics. When Tom’s health was beginning to decline, the family he found at work was supportive. “Tuesdays with Tom” became a weekly event. Friends and colleagues would send food, gifts, plants, inspirational cards, and messages to let him know they were thinking of him. Tom was an avid golfer. When he wasn’t on the green, he could be found reading a history book or watching a history documentary. As a history buff, Tom’s skills were especially helpful in trivia. He and his brothers had a team called “The Brothers,” where they would play at Timbers and G’s Pizzeria. He also enjoyed watching musicals, plays, and variety shows, especially ‘Holiday at Lebowsky,’ an annual holiday show, all at The Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts in Owosso, Michigan. Tom had a sweet tooth; his favorite sweet treats were oatmeal raisin cookies and cinnamon rolls. Tom made sure to share his faith with his family; he was a longtime member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Tom’s love of life, faith, and people will live on through those that knew him.


Surviving to cherish his memory is his wife Bethellen; two children, Katie and John; siblings, Rev. Fr. Paul McCarthy, Patrick McCarthy, Maureen McCarthy, Tim McCarthy, Kevin (Jackie) McCarthy, Philip (Melissa) McCarthy, and Ted (Kimberly) McCarthy; many nieces, nephews and friends. Tom is lovingly reunited with his parents, Brian and Frieda, and brother, Daniel McCarthy.


A Funeral Mass will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2024, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 5376 State St. Rev. Fr. Paul McCarthy and Rev. Fr. Steven Gavit will officiate. Following the Mass, in accordance with Tom’s wishes, cremation will follow. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Owen Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. Those wishing to make a donation in honor of Tom, may consider memorials to: “Wounded Warrior Project” and or “The Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts.”

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Thomas J. McCarthy hosted by Snow Funeral Home.

Thomas J. McCarthy

Thomas Twp., Michigan


Beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend passed away July 6, 2024, at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 59. The son of the late James B. and Frieda J. (Nagy) McCarthy was born on April 27, 1965, in South Bend, Indiana. Religion has always been a cornerstone in Tom’s life. He attended St. John’s Seminary, in Boston, with aspirations of becoming a priest. But God, had other plans for him. Tom realized while studying religion and philosophy that God wanted him to have a family. He left seminary and attended Saginaw Valley State University, graduating in 1990, with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He met the love of his life Bethellen Kihlstrom, in 2000 at a friend’s barbecue in Traverse City, Michigan. From there, the rest was history. Tom and Bethellen got married on September 8, 2001, in Saginaw, Michigan. She survives him. Tom worked for Corcept Therapeutics. When Tom’s health was beginning to decline, the family he found at work was supportive. “Tuesdays with Tom” became a weekly event. Friends and colleagues would send food, gifts, plants, inspirational cards, and messages to let him know they were thinking of him. Tom was an avid golfer. When he wasn’t on the green, he could be found reading a history book or watching a history documentary. As a history buff, Tom’s skills were especially helpful in trivia. He and his brothers had a team called “The Brothers,” where they would play at Timbers and G’s Pizzeria. He also enjoyed watching musicals, plays, and variety shows, especially ‘Holiday at Lebowsky,’ an annual holiday show, all at The Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts in Owosso, Michigan. Tom had a sweet tooth; his favorite sweet treats were oatmeal raisin cookies and cinnamon rolls. Tom made sure to share his faith with his family; he was a longtime member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Tom’s love of life, faith, and people will live on through those that knew him.


Surviving to cherish his memory is his wife Bethellen; two children, Katie and John; siblings, Rev. Fr. Paul McCarthy, Patrick McCarthy, Maureen McCarthy, Tim McCarthy, Kevin (Jackie) McCarthy, Philip (Melissa) McCarthy, and Ted (Kimberly) McCarthy; many nieces, nephews and friends. Tom is lovingly reunited with his parents, Brian and Frieda, and brother, Daniel McCarthy.


A Funeral Mass will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2024, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 5376 State St. Rev. Fr. Paul McCarthy and Rev. Fr. Steven Gavit will officiate. Following the Mass, in accordance with Tom’s wishes, cremation will follow. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Owen Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. Those wishing to make a donation in honor of Tom, may consider memorials to: “Wounded Warrior Project” and or “The Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts.”

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Thomas J. McCarthy hosted by Snow Funeral Home.

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