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Thomas Richard Kiliszewski, age 84, of Newaygo, passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Metron of Belding. The son of Theodore & Laura (LaMarbre) Kiliszewski, he was born on April 6, 1933 in Grand Rapids.

Tom was a retired carpenter who loved to tinker. Fishing was his passion, which he passed along and taught to his children, sons-in-law, and his grandchildren. You could find him fishing most any time, drilling holes in the ice in the winter, fishing in a boat or off the dock/shore during the rest of the year. Tom also enjoyed hunting for mushrooms, knowledge that he also passed along to his kids.

Thomas was preceded in death by his daughter, Angela Szudzik; brothers, Theodore Kiliszewski, and Edward Kelly; and his sister, Linda Katchor. Thomas is survived by his brothers, James Kiliszewski, and Dave Kiliszewski; sisters, Marie Seagars, and Elizabeth (John) Willard; children, Teri (Tom) Lukas, Jeffery (Cindy) Kelly, Mary (Dan) DeYoung, Dawn (Tom) Hakim, Anthony Kiliszewski, and Jennifer (Steve) Guidebeck; as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by all.

Honoring his wishes cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Thomas’ online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 


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  1. Mary De Young on December 9, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Dad, we still expect the phone to ring and hear yuuup just the old man! Elaine says “thanks for the black olives!” Knowing you are healed and in God’s presence makes me smile.All our love Mary & Dan

  2. Scott kiliszewski on December 9, 2017 at 10:13 am

    RIP Thomas

  3. Todd Schmadl on December 9, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Sorry for your loss, prayers sent

  4. Daniel J Foley on December 9, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    So sorry for your loss!

  5. Scott Buckley on December 10, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Tom you were a good ole boy and a gentleman. I’ve still got your heavy duty tool belt strap with your name carved on the inside and use it everyday

  6. yvonne on January 6, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    very sorry for your loss. I remember him for his one-dish dinners.

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