Thomas J. Walsh
Thomas J. Walsh, 81, of Hartford, was born
to eternal life on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, with his family by his side.
Tom was born on May 22, 1927, to John and Katherine (nee Flynn) Walsh of
Hartford. With his sisters Mary and Joan, he was the fifth generation of
Walshes to live on the land first granted to his great-grandfather by
President Polk in 1842.
In 1944, Tom joined the United States Army and served his country until
his honorable discharge in 1946. While serving overseas, he vowed that if
he ever got back within sight of Holy Hill, he would never leave again.
Once he returned to the States, he worked with his father on the family
farm. In addition, he worked for the Washington County Highway Department
for 39 years, until his retirement in 1989.
Tom married Joan Collins on Aug. 22, 1966, at St. Patrick’s Church in
the town of Erin. They built a home on the family farmstead where they
raised five daughters, who will remember him for his constant love and
devotion to his family, church and farm.
Tom loved to be outside, if not farming then hunting or walking through
the fields. His sense of humor and wit were unparalleled and he could
always be counted on for a good laugh, even in his final days.
He is survived by his loving wife Joan; his daughters Kathleen (John)
Goldstein of Stony Brook, N.Y., Kristine (Glenn) Huber of Germantown,
Colleen (Jeff) Callies of Watertown, Jennifer Walsh of Minneapolis, Minn.,
and Jacqueline Walsh of Wauwatosa; grandsons Jacob Meister and Carson
Huber; and sisters Mary Woelfel of Pittsburgh, Penn., and Joan Enders of
San Antonio, Texas.
Visitation will be held Sunday, March 15, at Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home
in Hartford from 3 to 6 p.m. Vigil service at 5:45 p.m. Mass of Christian
Burial at St. Patrick’s Church in the town of Erin Monday, March 16, at
10:30 a.m. The Rev. David LaPlante will officiate. Interment St. Patrick’s
Cemetery. The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home is serving the family. www.berndt-ledesma.com.