Thomas Edward Kasnicka

Thomas Kasnicka

Thomas Edward Kasnicka, age 85, a resident of Brookfield for 62 years, died peacefully at home on December 19, 2022.

Tom was born in Chicago on October 13, 1937, the son of Edward and Lillian Kasnicka, who preceded him in death. He graduated from Morton High School in 1955.

Tom, was the husband of Carol (nee Brunke) for 63 years; the father of Kurt (Cindy) Kasnicka, Laura (Blair) Frieberg and Kym Geissler; the grandfather of Jennifer (Ryan) Ramshaw, Melissa (Benjamin) Brondos, Paige Geissler and Alexa Geissler; brother of Marion (Daniel) Motykie, Richard (Karla) Kasnicka, James Kasnicka and Jeffrey Kasnicka; brother-in-law of Anita Brunke and the late Raymond; uncle and great uncle of many nieces and nephews; and a friend to all.

Tom was a member of the Carpenters Local Union 54 for 67 years. He worked for Woodwork Corporation of America for most of his career.

Tom joined the Boy Scouts of America in 1971 and was a volunteer for 51 years. He received many awards including the Silver Beaver Award. He was a Vigil Honor Member in the Order of the Arrow.

Tom was a member of St. Barbara Church where he was an usher for 60 years.

Visitation Wednesday, December 21, 2022 from 3:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M., the Order of the Arrow will hold the Broken Arrow Ceremony at 7 P.M. Visitation will continue on Thursday, December 22, 2022 9:00 A.M to 9:30 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Funeral Service 9:30 A.M. to St. Barbara Church, Brookfield. Mass 10:00 A.M.

Interment Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace.

Information 708-485-2000 or

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  1. John & Krystal Steiner condolence:

    Tom was a dedicated Scouter. He always had a smile on his face and a great story/information to share. A true Scout who lived by the Scout Oath & Law. We are incredibly sorry for your loss. Scouting has lost a truly amazing Scout. He touched the lives of more people than anyone will ever know. RIP Tom.

  2. mark roegner condolence:

    One of the nicest people I have ever met.Best neighbor you could ever ask for. Condolences to Carol, Kurt,Laura and Kym and the rest of his family

  3. Marion Motykie condolence:

    Tom was my brother and I will miss him very much. We did many things together when we were young. Through the years we have stayed in contact with each other. I will always remember the years we had together especially at Crooked Lake.

  4. John A Mikenas condolence:

    Tom’s dedication to Scouting was notable and his passing will leave a gap. I value having known him. I regret that some current personal medical issues will prevent my attendance at the services. Our sympathy to the family. The arrow is broken.

  5. Debbie Parisi condolence:

    Mr. K. always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. I will always have fond memories of him at Boy Scouts, at church and water skiing at the lake house. He will be greatly missed, but we should take comfort in knowing his was a life well lived. God rest his soul.

    “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” ~ 2 Tim 4:7

  6. Thomas & Patricia Nelson condolence:

    Tom has earned an “Easy Trail” and short portages. I will see him one of these days.
    Tom Nelson

  7. Yolanda Vargas condolence:

    We offer you and your family our deepest condolences. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    With sympathy,
    Jose Luis & Yolanda Vargas

  8. Andy & Bonnie Binder condolence:

    Kurt & Cindy, We have you and your family in our prayers. Your dad passed his love of scouting on to you and so many others over the years. What a wonderful legacy. Sending our love & hugs at such a difficult time. Love, Andy & Bonnie

  9. Mike Nolan condolence:

    Tom Kasnicka – I knew Tom at St. Barbara Church. It is clear to me, he was a member of God’s people as he was a man of peace and joy! He will be missed.

  10. Ogletree Deakins condolence:

    The Chicago office of Ogletree Deakins expresses its deepest sympathies to Laura, Blair and family at this difficult time. Peace to you all.

  11. Larry & Gail Baron condolence:

    Rest In Peace my friend. We will miss you.

  12. Dorothy Krultz Galiger condolence:

    Carol and family, My sincerest condolences on your loss of Tom.

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