Thomas "TK" Kosidowski, 80, of Minnesota City, passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2018 peacefully in the comfort of his own home surrounded by loved ones. He was born on Sept. 17, 1938 in Winona to Edward and Florence (Besaw) Kosidowski. Tom graduated from Cotter High School in 1956 and that fall enlisted in the United States Air Force. After bootcamp, he married the love of his life, Eileen Harvey on February 21, 1957. Tom was honorably discharged after 4 years of service. He went to work for Gorman Foundry and eventually bought the company; working there for 40 years. An active outdoorsman, Tom loved to hunt, fish, and shoot archery. He was a member of Winona Archery, Minnesota City Boat Club, Winona Sportsmen's Club and helped found the Hiawatha Bass Masters. Tom did it all and loved life. Tom is survived by his wife of 61 years, Eileen; children, Denise (Tim) Albrecht, George (Julie) Kosidowski, Merry (David) Enright, and Heather (Chris Froegel) Fowlkes; 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Judy Noeska, Joan (Willard) Buege, John (Rita) Kosidowski. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Terry; and brother-in-law, John Noeska. A Celebration of Tom's Life will be held from 3-7 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2018 at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Please leave a memory of Tom and view his video tribute when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Eileen, you know both Gordie and I are thinking of you and your family and the great times years ago. Love and sympathy. Gordie and Dallas
I just learned of Tom’s death, to the family, I am so sorry for your loss. It’s hard for me in a few words to share how much Tom affected my life. He was hard on me at work, always expecting excellence, no nonsense. My work ethic, and how I run my business, came directly from Tom. And in the darkest hour of my life, Toms heart was revealed to me, he told he would do everything he could to help me get through my battle with my addiction to alcohol. I will miss you Tom, your legacy, will live on with me.
George and Julie, when we lose someone we love their memory becomes a treasure. My sincere sympathy at the lose you feel. Nancy O’Reilly
I am so sorry to hear about tom passing. tom and I were classmates from st johns through cotter high school. tom was a quiet person and never ever said anything bad about anyone.
my condolences. bob wohlhaefer
I have many fond memories of Tom like the time he saw me fall out of a boat during an early spring tournament, bringing me warm, dry clothes. I remember the time he insisted I join him ice fishing at McNalleys promising I'd be warm. And I'll always remember our trips to Lake Zumbro to take a little money from the Rochester club members. Being with Tom was an absolute joy for me.
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