PRINCETON — Thomas Joseph Makransky, 80, of Princeton passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013, at his home.
He was born Jan. 6, 1933, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Joseph and Emilia (Gut) Makransky. He graduated from East Technical High School in Ohio and attended John Carroll University in Cleveland. Tom married Mary Alice Scharf on Sept. 15, 1956, in Cleveland, Ohio. She died in 2004.
He retired from J&L/LTV Steel after 33 years. He also served in the Ohio Army National Guard for 13 years.
He moved with his family to the Princeton area in 1967. He was a member of the Princeton Moose Lodge and the Elks. Tom was an avid bowler for his entire adult life. He was inducted to the Princeton Bowlers Hall of Fame in 1994. He was a member of the Illinois Valley Flying Club, where he was the treasurer for many years, and he was a diehard Cleveland Browns and Indians fan. Tom had a special love for gardening, especially tomatoes.
Tom is survived by his children, Joann (the late Greg) Bowman of Princeton, Martin (Tracy) Makransky of Princeton, Anthony (Annette) Makransky of Friendswood, Texas, James (Cynthia) Makransky of Bellevue, Neb., and Patricia (Mark) Austin of Princeton; 15 grandchildren, Stacy Hill, Lauren Thompson, Megan Evans, Joseph Bowman, Michael Bowman, Frances Bowman, Emma Makransky, Erin Makransky, Madigan Ellis, Thomas Makransky, Andrew Makransky, Anthony Makransky, Victoria Makransky, Fernando Inouye III and Patrick Arabia; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his sister, Edith Sheppard; one daughter in infancy in 1968; and his son-in-law, Greg Bowman in 2007.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. July 1 at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton with Father Jeffrey Stirniman and Deacon John Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery, Princeton.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 6 pm. June 30 at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton.
Memorials may be directed to St. Louis Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.