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1949 Tom 2023

Thomas Francis Krumplitsch

March 23, 1949 — December 3, 2023

Thomas Francis Krumplitsch passed away peacefully on December 3, 2023, in Greendale, WI. He was loved and will be deeply missed.

Born March 23, 1949, Tom attended elementary school at St. Mary's Catholic School in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, and graduated from Don Bosco Catholic High School in 1967. 

Tom served his community for many years as an employee for the city of New Berlin. His dedication and hard work led him to retire as a supervisor in the Water Utility Department.

Though he lived in Wisconsin his entire life, Tom sought out new experiences, learning about the history and people of the places he visited. Whether it was exploring Colonial Williamsburg, riding Llamas in New Mexico, strolling through the bustling streets of New York City, where two of his daughters reside, or enjoying the beaches and forests surrounding Monterey, California, where another daughter lives, Tom was happiest when he was on the go. 

Those who knew Tom will forever remember his big smile and huge heart. He made friends quickly and was always willing to share his time or skills with those in need. Tom also had a special place in his heart for animals, especially his beloved dogs. 

Throughout his life, Tom’s many hobbies brought him joy. He had a passion for collecting antiques—delighted to spend hours visiting flea markets and antique shops in search of treasures. Nature beckoned him, too. He loved biking, being in the woods, and camping. Tom was also a skilled woodworker. In his youth, he took on the challenge of building a cabin in northern Wisconsin.

Tom faced enormous health challenges with courage. He battled Parkinson's disease for many years, handling each hurdle with strength and resilience.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Mildred Krumplitsch, and his sister Christine Krumplitsch. He is survived by his loving family and friends: daughters, Jules Neikirk, Kellie Gould (Nick Gould), and Amy Chua; grandchildren, Sophie and Jasper Gould, Riley and Robbie Neikirk, Zachary and Asher Chua; and sisters, Millie Thalman (Pete Thalman), Marlene Schultz (Dennis Schultz) as well as nieces and nephews. Greg Burmeister, a lifelong friend who shared countless memories with Tom, is among those who mourn him.

In memory of Tom, contributions can be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)—an organization that was close to his heart—continuing his legacy of compassion for animals in need.  

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