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After a long and courageous battle of cancer, it is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Father and Papa, Thomas Raymond Andruskiewicz, 88, of Berlin, CT.
Born in New Britain, CT, Tommy was the son of the late Joseph Alfred Andruskiewicz and Katherine Mary (Labieniec) (Andruskiewicz) Stankiewicz. Tommy was raised in Berlin on a farm with his parents and siblings. He attended Berlin Public Schools and in 1952, he graduated as the Vice President, Class Treasurer and member of the visual aids and musical arts clubs. He had a great love for his country and he proudly served in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged as a Private First Classman, earning a National Defense Service Medal.
In 1958, he married Anne Glaser, his love and devoted wife for 63 years. Tommy and Anne settled in Berlin and Tommy built their home with the help of his uncle, John Labieniec, and his brother-in-law, Carl Glaser. Together, Tommy and Anne settled in their forever home, “The Elm Street, Home on the Hill” and raised their family.
Tommy was a self-taught carpenter and handy-man and in his younger years, he loved hunting with his family, sons and dog. Eventually, Tommy retired as a carpenter/locksmith from the Town of Berlin – Maintenance Department.
Tommy enjoyed spending time with his family. He always made sure his in-ground pool was immaculate for his children and grandchildren to enjoy. He had a love for gardening and worked very hard planting and maintaining his bountiful backyard vegetable garden. Every summer, family and friends waited anxiously for his fresh tomatoes and veggies.
He had a passion for collecting and using flashlights and magnifying glasses. He was also an avid daily Hartford Courant, New Britain Herald and Berlin Citizen newspaper reader, 1080 AM listener and Red Sox, Giants and Celtics fan. He was a member of the New Britain Hunting & Fishing Club, the American Legion Post 68 Berlin Club and the Berlin Italian Club.
Tommy will be missed by his children and grand/great children, Thomas J. Andruskiewicz and his wife, Susan, Donna Celella, Gary Andruskiewicz and his wife, Tracy, and his treasured grand/great children, Ashley, Anthony, Chrissy, Andrew, Amelia, Alice and Brinleigh. In addition, Tommy is survived by his brother, John Stankiewicz, his cousin, Alphonse (Al) Labieniec and his wife, Sally, his brother and sisters-in-law from the Glaser family and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Elizabeth (Andruskiewicz) Martinelli, Theresa (Stankiewicz) Hamm and Dorothy Stankiewicz, his brother-in-law, Hank Martinelli, his sister-in-law, Maureen Stankiewicz, and several Glaser brother and sisters-in-law.
A special gratitude from Tommy’s family is extended to Tommy’s cousin, Al Labieniec, for his spiritual leadership, his in-laws, Laura (Glaser) and her husband, Glenn, and his niece, Karen Poplawski, for their constant support and care of Tommy.
All are invited to gather at Tommy’s Celebration of Life at the Plainville Funeral Home, 81 Broad St., Plainville on Saturday, September 10, 2022. Gathering of family and friends to offer expressions of condolences will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Words of Remembrance and Prayer will be shared with family and friends at 11:30 a.m. In honor of Tommy’s service to our country in the United States Marine Corps, full military honors will be accorded at the funeral home. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, Tommy may be remembered with contributions to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or by going to www.StJude.com. For online expressions of sympathy or for more information, please visit Tommy’s tribute page at www.PlainvilleFuneralHome.com.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105