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Thomas M. Czarkowski

September 9, 2022

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The funeral will be Thursday at 09:30 a.m. at Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home, 601 Dundaff St. Dickson City with a mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary’s Visitation Church, Dickson City. Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Entombment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery Mausoleum.  For directions or to leave an online condolence visit the funeral home website. In honor of Thomas and his love for sports, contributions can be made to the Scranton School for the Deaf 537 Venard Rd., South Abington Twp., PA 18411.

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Thomas M. Czarkowski, of Clarks Summit, formerly of Dickson City, died unexpectedly Friday, September 9, 2022. He was born on August 6, 1946, in Scranton, PA. He was married to Sheila, his beautiful wife for 43 years and recently celebrated his 76th birthday. Tom graduated from Scranton Tech High School in 1964. He received the 9th Daniel J. Costello Memorial Award exemplified the combined attributes of a student and gentleman and most valuable player wearing #32 in the Lackawanna League. He received his Bachelor of Health and Physical Education at Eastern Kentucky University, while on a full D1 football scholarship. Tom received his master’s equivalency in Health and Physical Education from East Stroudsburg University.

Tom taught at Bishop Hannon High School where he held many different positions including PE teacher, Athletic Director, head golf, and basketball coach. As an assistant, he helped coach the 1973 boys’ basketball team to a State Championship. In 1974, he became the head coach of the boys’ basketball team and led them to their first District 2 Class C Championship.

His career continued at the Scranton State School for the Deaf as a Health and PE teacher and Athletic Director and had more than 35 years of teaching prior to his retirement in 2008. Tom was dedicated to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA – District 2) and celebrated 35 years of officiating high school football and basketball in the Lackawanna County League.

Tom had unconditional love for his wife, children, and grandchildren, he spent countless hours with his family sharing stories of his childhood, athletic career, and travels. Tom instilled the importance of education, hard work, discipline, and family, often reminding them that nothing in life comes easy, but in order to be successful, you must earn it. Tom enjoyed cocktails in the company of family and friends, he was always the life of the party. He meticulously maintained numerous yards and cars and would even joke to others about himself as “Susie Spotless.” Tom and Sheila purchased their dream home in Clermont, Florida as their winter retreat. Tom’s smile, outgoing personality, and storytelling were contagious which allowed him to form many lifelong friendships. Tom and Sheila enjoyed watching their grandchildren continue with the tradition of playing sports. He was a lifelong football fan rooting extra loud for his Nittany Lions.

While his loss will be hardest for those of us forced to say goodbye, we take comfort knowing he will be reunited with the love of his life, his wife, his everything, his Sheila. Tom and Sheila can now be together forever.

Tom is survived by his three children: Thomas Jr. and spouse Michelle, of Downingtown Pa; Kevin and spouse Denise of Stuttgart, Germany; and Sheila Ann Czarkowski Zezza of Downingtown, PA.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Peter Gentile Jr, Ava, and Kate Czarkowski; Nicholas, Sofia, and Noah Czarkowski, and David, Ryan, and Michael Zezza; mother-in-law Rose Emma Kelly, San Diego, CA.  He is survived by several nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his wife Sheila; father, Stanley; mother, Margaret; sister, Arlene Bielinski; brother, Stanley; and father-in-law, Joseph P. Kelly.

This warmth carried over to his love and loyalty to his dog, Gizmo as well.

The funeral will be Thursday at 09:30 a.m. at Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home, 601 Dundaff St. Dickson City with a mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary’s Visitation Church, Dickson City. Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Entombment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery Mausoleum.  For directions or to leave an online condolence visit the funeral home website. In honor of Thomas and his love for sports, contributions can be made to the Scranton School for the Deaf 537 Venard Rd., South Abington Twp., PA 18411.

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OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO ALL OF YOU. MAY HIS MEMORY HELP TO COMFORT YOU . WE REACH OUT TO YOU WITH SYMPATHY AND CARING DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

Posted by JERRI & STAN PRUSHUNSKI on September 16, 2022

Dear Czarkowski Family, Please know that Kevin's extended Army family in Stuttgart, Germany send their thoughts and prayers to you during this time of lose. Mr. Thomas Czarkowski was a wonderful man and his passing will certainly be felt by his loved ones. We take faith knowing that he is in a better place and cherish the time he was with us making those around him better people. Deepest sympathies during your time of grief.

Posted by Josh Brown on September 15, 2022

Dear Czarkowski Family, Please know that Kevin's extended Army family in Stuttgart, Germany send their thoughts and prayers to you during this time of lose. Mr. Thomas Czarkowski was a wonderful man and his passing will certainly be felt by his loved ones. We take faith knowing that he is in a better place and cherish the time he was with us making those around him better people. Deepest sympathies during your time of grief.

Posted by Josh Brown on September 15, 2022

I am very sorry to read of Tom's passing. He was a student of mine at Tech in the 60's. It was a pleasure to follow his career as a student, athlete and later as an educator. Patrick J. McCabe

Posted by Patrick McCabe on September 14, 2022

Dear Czarkowski Family: I would like to express my deepest condolences on your Dad's passing. Tom was indeed a great guy to be around. He was funny and always entertaining. He always seemed to have a smile on his face and something funny to say. He will be missed by many people. I met Tom many years ago at our weekly offficials meetings and I am still laughing. I am sure he is making them laugh in heaven. May he rest in peace in God's hands and above all cherish his MEMORY. Frank Casper Koczwara, Greenwood, SC Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Canada)

Posted by Frank Casper Koczwara on September 14, 2022

Dear Czarkowski Family: I would like to express my deepest condolences on your Dad's passing. Tom was indeed a great guy to be around. He was funny and always entertaining. He always seemed to have a smile on his face and something funny to say. He will be missed by many people. I met Tom many years ago at our weekly offficials meetings and I am still laughing. I am sure he is making them laugh in heaven. May he rest in peace in God's hands and above all cherish his MEMORY. Frank Casper Koczwara, Greenwood, SC Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Canada)

Posted by Frank Casper Koczwara on September 14, 2022

Dear Tom, Michelle and the Czarkowski family, My heartfelt sympathy at the loss of your Father. You are all in my thought and prayers. May he Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory. Helen Trygar

Posted by Helen Trygar on September 14, 2022

very sad to hear about thomas czarkowski he was a great teacher at the scranton state school for the deaf sssd and i do admired him and i look up to him as a great teacher give alot of support give alot of help in efforts with the health class and gym classes and he was a wonderful teacher and have alot of fondest good memories of him while i was a class of 1995 will never ever forget him for what he did for all of his classes kids will miss him so once sorry again to mr thomas czarkowski family

Posted by woody wilson on September 13, 2022

To the Czarkowski family: I am so sorry for your loss. I graduated from Tech with Tom and we were very close friends. I loved him like a brother and am glad to see that he stayed the same - friendly, funny and caring, throughout his life. I am sorry we drifted apart, but I am now living in South Carolina. I did see him at a reunion and we picked up right where we left off. You had a great man for a father and grandfather. Condolences to all.

Posted by Geri Comparetta Salerno on September 13, 2022

I was a member of the 1973 Golden Lancers BB team and Coach Czarkowski was an important part of our success. I moved away and didn't have contact with him after that but it sounds like he was a wonderful man. Best to his family and may he RIP.

Posted by Bob Loughney on September 13, 2022

Tom and Sheila's children: My name is Augie Grant and I played football and officiated with your Dad. I'm so sorry for your loss. He was one of the toughest players I have ever known. I was on his team and I was afraid of him. After HS we became friends and he was always so upbeat and smiling. We had alot of Thanksgiving football get togethers. He will be truly missed. God Bless, Augie

Posted by Augie Grant on September 13, 2022