Thomas ĎTomí R. Miller, 64|
Thomas "Tom" R. Miller of Garfield Avenue in Port Washington passed
away while surrounded by family at Horizon Hospice in Mequon early
Sunday morning, Feb. 5, 2012. He was 64 years old.
Tom was born in Milwaukee on Nov. 15, 1947, the son of F. Robert and
Angeline Mueller Miller. After graduating from St. Johnís Cathedral
High School with the class of 1966, he attended the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Tom graduated with his bachelorís degree and
later attained his masterís degree from UWM.
On Jan. 15, 1972, Tom was united in marriage with Diane Barbaras at
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Milwaukee. The couple moved to
Grafton and later to Port Washington in 1977. Tom became the band
director at Webster Transitional School in Cedarburg in the fall of
1972. He retired after 31 years of introducing children to the
wonderful world of music. Tom was a member of St. Boniface Episcopal
Church in Mequon, where he was an active member of the church choir.
Tom played trombone in the Lakeshore Symphonic Band, as well as
playing in and directing the Port Washington City Band. He was the
founder and director of the Tri-County New Horizons Band, as well as
having been a Wisconsin State Solo and Ensemble judge. In recent
years, Tom had become an excellent baker and challenged himself to
make different cuisine in the kitchen.
He was also a longtime member of the morning swim group at the
District Aquatic Center in Port Washington. Tom was a lifelong
handyman who enjoyed fixing things for his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Diane of Port Washington; their two
children, Colleen (Tony) Groh of Mayville and Eric (Marie) Miller of
Green Bay; and two grandchildren, Ethan Groh and Nora Miller. He is
further survived by two sisters, Juanita Malloy and Shirley Miller,
both of Milwaukee; a brother, Jim (Nancy) Miller of Hartford
(formerly of Milwaukee); sister-in-law, Nancy Barbaras also of
Milwaukee; nieces, nephews, other relatives, former students and
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at
St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 3906 W. Mequon Road, Mequon. Father
Kenny Miller will preside. Tom will be inurned in the St. Boniface
Columbaria following the service. The family will receive visitors at
the church Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers.
Eernisse Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Port Washington is
assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be
left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.