Thomas R. ‘Tom’ Haack
Jan. 15, 1952 — Jan. 2, 2015
Thomas R. “Tom” Haack, 62, of Oconomowoc, passed away on January 2, 2015, at University Hospital in Madison from an incurable lung disease complicated by pneumonia.
Thomas Raymond Haack was born on January 15, 1952, in Milwaukee, the son of Charles and Bernice (Huth) Haack. On August 13, 1977, he married Sandra Harrington in Milwaukee. Tom was a 1977 graduate of UW-Stout with a bachelor’s degree in technology education. He later received his master’s degree from Cardinal Stritch University in school leadership. Tom was a teacher in Jefferson and Fort Atkinson and for 20 years was a vice principal at Ethan Allen School for Boys in Wales.
He was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc. Tom was an outdoorsman who enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, pheasant hunting in the Dakotas, fishing in Canada, and camping and canoeing in the Boundary Waters. Tom volunteered for organ donor network events to promote organ transplantation, himself having received a life saving kidney transplant in 1993.
Tom is survived by his wife, Sandra, of Oconomowoc (formerly of Sullivan); his mother, Bernice Haack of Watertown; his siblings, Barbara (Dr. Dennis) Gulczynski of Lake Mills, James (Susan) Haack of Muskego, Jean (Cathy Palmer) Haack of Land O’ Lakes, John (Valerie) Haack of Shell Lake, Kathleen (James) Groszczyk of Milwaukee, John (Susan) Harrington of Milwaukee and Timothy (Kathie Ann) Harrington of Milwaukee; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 24, at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 818 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. A visitation will be held on Friday, January 23, from 3-8 p.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Innichement will be at Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, would be appreciated to the National Kidney Foundation, National Heart Association, National Lung Association, the Watertown Humane Society, or the Watertown Education Foundation.
The family would like to thank Dr. Loof and the staff of Sullivan Veterinary Service for the special care they gave to Finnegan and Maddigan.
Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown, 920-261-2218, is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.