Thomas L. Zmuda, age 77, of Wausau, passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at his home under Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, Wausau.
He was born on June 8, 1944, in Stevens Point, son of the late Clarence and Verna (Nugent) Zmuda. He served his country in the US Navy as a pilot, serving on three carriers. On January 28, 1967, he married Patricia Messer in Sun Prairie. She survives.
Tom worked as an insurance underwriter for several companies. Following his retirement, he worked part-time for First Student, driving school bus. Tom and his wife Pat had many things that they enjoyed sharing together. They enjoyed traveling and took many trips with their best friends Carl and Judy. For four years they spent the month of March in Yuma, AZ with friends. Tom was also a woodworker, making many beautiful furniture pieces for his family. Mountain biking, road biking, downhill skiing, and pickleball were also sports he enjoyed. There were many biking adventures – one highlight was a 2010 biking trip of 2200 miles he and Pat took following the Mississippi River to New Orleans. Another hobby he enjoyed was flying remote control planes and drones. Tom was a member of the Wausau RC Club.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Zmuda of Wausau; two children, Suzie Veen of Glenwood City, WI, and Mark (Stephanie) Zmuda of Mt. Gilead, OH; four grandchildren, Ava and Chloe Veen, and Erin and Evan Zmuda; sister, Susan (Mark) Burke of Wheaton, IL; brothers-in-law, Bill (Joyce) Messer of Cottage Grove, and Mark (Joyce) Messer of Madison.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at the Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 621 N. 2nd St. Wausau. Rev. Joseph Richards will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 A.M. until the time of service at the church. Masks, hand sanitizing, and social distancing will be required to protect the family and staff. Your cooperation and understanding is much appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, 520 N. 32nd Ave. Wausau, WI 54401, or St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 615 Stark St. Wausau, WI 54403.
The family would like to thank Aspirus Cancer Center, Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, and Nick from the RC Club for all of their help and kindness during this difficult time.