Tom K. Bednarz

September 10, 1942 - March 13, 2014

Thomas Kenneth Bednarz, age 71, of Frisco, Texas passed away on March 13, 2014. He was born on September 10, 1942 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma to Audrey Fern (Tollefson) and Frank Joseph Bednarz. On August 3, 1968 in Bethesda, Maryland, Tom married Mary Kealy. Tom was a Research Engineer with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Tech. He and his family lived in Richmond, VA for many years where he worked at DuPont. Tom was an avid runner and a member of the Richmond Road Runners. Tom and his wife, Mary, recently moved to Frisco, TX to be close to his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Frisco.

Tom is survived by his wife, Mary Bednarz of Frisco, Texas; daughter, Kate Kerstetter and her husband, Corey of Frisco, Texas; three grandchildren, Liam, Ryan and Haley Kerstetter; sister, Joanne Bednarz Prashad and her husband, Nagindra of Houston, Texas; niece, Lela Prashad of Brooklyn, New York.

Tom is preceded in death by his son, Patrick Bednarz and his parents, Audrey and Frank Bednarz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Frisco on Monday, March 17 at 11:15 AM with Father Zach presiding. Interment will follow at Ridgeview West Memorial Park in Frisco. Family and friends are invited to Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Frisco for a Visitation that will be held on Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 8000 Eldorado Parkway, Frisco Texas 75033.

 

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Mary and Kate I just found out about Tom..when you all moved I really missed his visits and friendship ...I guess I have know Tom for around thirty years and I am still a little shocked..as I put on the RoadRunners site..if there was a nicer friendly guy I have yet to meet him....Margo and I have you all in our prayers and hope you all have comfort in knowing Tom I loved and missed by many in RVA. Thom J Suddeth, March 30, 2014 Mary, it's with great shock and sadness I send my condolences. Tom and Jay were so much alike and I well remember their Basketball coaching days @ S.H. Tom was a wondergul guy and role model for many, young and old. He left his mark. You and your family remain in my prayers Melinda Stewart, March 21, 2014 From Richmond, as fellow runners with Tom Christie and I will miss his ever present smile and encouragement. Saddened at his passing and deepest sorrow for his loss. He will be missed. Scott & Christie DiPardo, March 20, 2014 Dearest Brother, I knew you all my life, and loved you for all we did together. We had such a happy time growing up together with our mom and dad, sharing fun times, goofy times, and sad times, too. You and Mary established a wonderful family, full of your humor and intelligence, your love and dedication. You have been inspirational and a great source of strength throughout your life. I will miss you so much. And I know we will meet again, with all our loved ones. You are the BEST big brother ever. Lovingly, Joanne Bednarz prashad, March 19, 2014 Mary and Kate - I wish you peace and the comfort of great memories of a unique man. I feel fortunate to have known Tom as an engineer and a runner. He always brought a new perspective into view. Tony Zatkulak, March 19, 2014 Mary, Jack and I wanted send our condolences and let you know we are praying for you, Kate and your family. Cass Fleck, March 18, 2014 Mrs. Bednarz, Kate and Family. I was very sorry to hear about Mr. Bednarz passing away and I just wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers. Please know that all of Pat's friends in Richmond remember the joy, strength, respect and love you showed us when we were younger. Thank you. God Bless Stephen Fleck, March 18, 2014 Mary, Kate, and Family......I was extremely saddened to hear the news and am so sorry for your loss. When Tom and I shared an office for a few years right before he retired, I always looked to him for fatherly and professional advice. Tom was one of my absolute favorite people. He was always there for me and often provided that shoulder to cry on. Many of us at work still tell "Tom" stories and laugh....I have a white board on my door now and we'll often put "Bednarz" quotes on it. Several of us DuPonters would like to have a meal in Tom's memory in the near future....so we can all share our favorite Tom stories- he was loved by many! I am very thankful that our family got to enjoy a meal and fellowship with Tom and Mary in November. I will always miss my erstwhile office mate!! Donna Copley, March 18, 2014 Tom was one of those special individuals who also had a smile and a positive outlook on life, a great role model for family and DuPont colleagues, I remember rafting on the Gauley River with him and his son, always found him running or volunteering at Richmond running events. Since I was vertically challenged, it was always easy to spot Tom above the crowd, enjoying life to the fullest. The world is a little sadder place without him. Rich Young, March 18, 2014 Tom was one of my favorite people in the world. He was one of my heroes. I will miss him greatly. When I joined the DuPont Tyvek team in 1995 he took me under his wing. He introduced me to the world of electrostatics, something us electrical engineers get excited about. He introduced me to his lovely family. We played together on the beach. I saw his faith and strength when his son passed. Tom is a true man of God. Although we will miss him here in this life, what a grand reunion he and his son and the rest of their family will have in the next! I wonder if you can run a marathon in Heaven? I can only imagine how his brilliant mind is processing all this new information now that he has passed through the veil. Maybe one day he will again take me under his wing and explain how it all works, not just electrostatics! Jack Armantrout, March 18, 2014 Dear Mary, we were so very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. It just doesn't seem possible that someone so full of life is no longer with us. Tom was one in a million. You both were missed at Sacred Heart. Ah, the memories we shared. You, Kate, and the grandchildren are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you. Pat, Mike, and Matthew Rollston, March 17, 2014 The Hingham-based Kealys send all their love to Mary and Kate. We love you so much and are saddened by this news. Tom was such an inspiration in so many ways. Patrick Kealy, March 17, 2014 So sad to hear of Tom's death. We have been friends since the "Carnegie Tech/Mt. Mercy" days. I introduced this tall (6'7") character of a fellow to my lovely and willowy fiend, Mary; and they have been together ever since. Remember, Mary, Kate and family, that Tom is always with you...in your heart... Tom never forgot his extended family and friends. He often called or stopped by during visits with his mother and his sister's family. Tom enjoyed Life's Adventure. He came to Texas to run marathons; and to enjoy the Trail Riders as they came in for the Rodeo. My husband and I were with him when he found his first pair of cowboy boots! Mary was very concerned that he would wear them to church in Richmond, VA.! He had a sense of humor. Now, Tom moves on as a citizen of Texas! He and Mary had come to be with their family. The rodeo is winding down... "Happy trails" dear friend. ...And may God be with you as you see your son Patrick once again... Sincerely, Pat Wolkenberg, March 17, 2014 As a consultant who worked with DuPont, I knew Tom professionally. Yet it was as a runner that I remember him the best. Tom was three years older, which meant that we were sometimes in the same Age Group. While we did not run at the same pace, I never missed a chance to talk with Tom before or after a race. His smile was infectious and he was one of the kindest and humble people I've ever come across. Having taken some time off from running due to an injury, I was not aware that Tom had moved to Texas. I will miss his smiling face, his understated humor and his compassion. He was very kind to me 11 years ago when my wife of 33 years died of Cancer. He will be missed for many reasons! Dennis LaMountain, March 17, 2014 FROM RICHMOND: I AM SADDENED AND DISMAYED TO LEARN OF TOM'S DEATH. HE HAS LEFT A HOLE IN OUR HUMAN FAMILY THOUGH HIS INTREPID AND INSPIRATIONAL MEMORY WILL REMIND ALL OF US THAT GOODNESS REMAINS. CRIS POND, March 17, 2014 Mary, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Tom. I am Carol, mother of Chris, John and Stevie Simmons and Julie Johnson from Sacred Heart. I have many fond memories of you and Tom from Sacred Heart. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Carol Sisk, March 17, 2014 Nim and I are saddened by your loss. Tom was a friend and a fierce competitor in our age bracket in all of the Richmond area races as well as Va Beach. The RRRC has lost a dear friend. Ed and Nim Butterworth, March 17, 2014 We miss you so much already, Dad. We treasure every minute we had with you, and we are so glad that we had the past two years with you living just a convenient 5K away from me, Corey, and the grandkids. We love you. Kate Kerstetter, March 16, 2014 On behalf of the Richmond Road Runners Club, I would like to express my condolences to Tom's wife and family. Tom was a very active runner and volunteer with the club. He was pacing others in the Richmond Marathon in his 60's! We missed him greatly when he moved to Texas and are happy to know that he got a spend a couple of years with his family. Anne Zielinski Brown, March 16, 2014 We were very saddened to hear about Tom's sudden passing. The Owers family sends you all our deepest sympathies and condolences. May God Bless you and give you courage to bear this loss. With all our love. Noel and Betty Owers and Family, March 16, 2014 I have such wonderful memories of your dad and family! My heart, hugs, thoughts and prayers are with you all! Amy Carle Babcock, March 16, 2014 Tom was a wonderful asset to our research group. He was more person oriented than most engineers and he was a willing and great teacher to those around him. Kent Horner, March 16, 2014 Hi Tom and Mary: So sorry Tom, that you have decided to move on; earth will be a poorer place without your brightness and energy. We had good times at the Plant; you were always someone I could count on for sound technical advice and understanding and, if you can recall, I drew on it often. My clearest memory of you is at a Halloween Party where your costume was suspenders and a barrel. Best wishes my friend, heaven will welcome you. Roger Whitfield, March 16, 2014 Mary, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Many fond memories of the Bednarz family and Sacred Heart School. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. James Fortune, March 16, 2014 I worked with Tom during the Tyvek® plant start up. He handled the electrostatic control function research work. He was a very unique individual who had many friends & admirers at DuPont®. Donald A. Hudson, March 16, 2014 I am just one of many DuPonters who could call Tom a friend. There were many of us who cared a lot for Tom and will miss him. I can still recall the first day that I met him, his kind ways, and his terrific sense of humor. Willie Corbett, March 15, 2014 Tom was a great friend and a mentor for me when we worked together at DuPont's Spruance Research Lab in the 70's. We enjoyed a wonderful visit with Tom, Mary and Kate in Frisco last summer, and were looking forward to seeing them again in two weeks. We'll miss you, Tom Tom Morrow, March 15, 2014 A great friend and running buddy of many years when he lived in Richmond, Tom will be sorely missed.I kept in touch with Tom and Mary after they moved. My wife and I are heartbroken at his sudden departure and grateful we got a chance to spend time with them a few months ago. Robert L Johnson, March 15, 2014 Love always; Thanks for the joy, laughter, & encouragement to run you gave when I was a kid & adult. Will never forget the food fights & fun when you & Mike Campbell visited, during your bicycle trip across the states. Shirley kunkle, March 14, 2014 Although at such time as this your many friends will say That time will ease your sorrow and take your grief away. What is truer and more comforting is to deep in your heart. That in cherished thought and memory loved ones never part. Bud & Vern Koch, March 14, 2014