Thomas Sokolowski

Obituary of Thomas B. Sokolowski

Mr. Thomas B. Sokolowski, 75, of N. Utica, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at the Abraham House in Utica, with his loving family by his side. Thomas was born in Utica, on October 21, 1944, the son of Bernard and Ruth (Cookinham) Sokolowski and received his education in Local Schools. On November 15, 1969, Thomas was united in Marriage with Joan Marie Christiansen, at St. Peter’s Church in N. Utica. For many years, he was employed with the Laborers International Union local 35 and worked with various local companies, including; Beebe Construction, Gaetano Construction and was especially proud to have worked with Buck Construction Company. Tom enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden, golf, woodworking, fishing, playing the ponies, and especially attending his grandchildren’s various activities and sporting events. Tom looked forward to breakfast with friends, Billy Williams and Johnny Messa and his morning phone calls with his brother Ed, where the two would solve the world’s problems. Tom also enjoyed delicious Sunday ‘parents dinners’ at his son Mark’s house in the company of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a devout Catholic and extremely proud of his Christian faith. Mr. Sokolowski is survived by his beloved wife, Joan Marie; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Tammie Sokolowski of Deerfield and Matthew and Shelly Sokolowski of SC; five cherished grandchildren, Elizabeth and Dr. Ryan Staib of Syracuse, Anthony Sokolowski, Esq. of Albany, Dean Sokolowski of Utica, Bradley Stafford and his fiancée Allie Snow of VA and Bryan Sokolowski of SC; three adored great grandchildren, Giovanni Sokolowski-Fusco, Ryan Staib Jr. and Claire Staib; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Frederick and Linda Sokolowski of Utica and Edward Sokolowski of Schuyler; a brother-in-law, Dale Strife of Utica; in-laws, Mary Dunham of NY City, Elizabeth Christiansen of Deerfield, Norma Christiansen of Marcy, John and Carol Christiansen of NC, Kenneth and Ellen Christiansen of NH, Richard and Mary Christiansen, Joseph and Ellen Christiansen and Peter and Marge Christiansen, all of Utica, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. He also leaves his canine companion, Bear. He was predeceased by his parents and cherished mother in law, Lena Christiansen, two sisters, Margaret Sokolowski and Patricia Strife, and four brothers-in-law, William Christiansen, James Christiansen, Douglas Christiansen and Gary Dunham. Visitation for family and friends is Monday, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Rd., N. Utica. Mr. Sokolowski’s funeral will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica, where his Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Face coverings are required and social distancing protocols must be observed. Those wishing to make a donation in Tom’s memory, please consider the Abraham House, 1203 Kemble St., Utica, NY 13501. Mr. Sokolowski’s family extends their heartfelt gratitude to several doctors at Slocum Dixon especially Dr. Razia for their dedication to Tom’s care. The family wishes to thank the entire staff at the Abraham House for the compassionate care provided to Tom in his final hours.
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4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, August 31, 2020
Heintz Funeral Service Inc. - Herkimer Road
408 Herkimer Road
Utica, New York, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

3:00 pm
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Our Lady of Lourdes Church
2222 Genesee St.
Utica, New York, United States

Memorial Donations

Abraham House 1203 Kemble Street Utica, New York 13501
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