Thomas F. Rotta, 61

Thomas F. Rotta of Hartford passed away Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at the Aurora Medical Center in Hartford at the age of 61.

Thomas was born July 24, 1947, in Hartford to William and Irene (Schmitt) Rotta.

He worked as a forklift driver for the Wacker Corp., and in his free time enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Thomas loved his nieces and great-niece and -nephews and treated them as if they were his own children. He will be dearly missed.

Thomas is survived by his brothers, William Rotta of Hartford and John (Shirley) Rotta of Rubicon; his nieces, Angela (Scott) Radschlag of Hartford, Barbara (Matthew) Gross of Rubicon and Jenna (Terry) Fies of Neosho; his great-niece and -nephews, Paityn Gross, Brighton Radschlag and Garret Gross. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; his half-brother, James Schmitt; and his sister-in-law, Kay Rotta.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the V.F.W. Memorial Hall, 621 Abbott Ave., Hartford.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated.

The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family, 673-9500. www.shimonfuneralhome.com.