Thomas John Monaghan, 78, of Lambertville, Mich., died peacefully in his home with his loving family at his side Tuesday, May 4, 2010.
He was born June 30, 1931, in Sandusky, to Clayton and Mary Lucille Monaghan. He served in the Navy as an electrical mate second class and was a Korean War veteran. He graduated from Findlay College with his Bachelor's of Science degree and from The University of Oklahoma with his Master's degree in Natural Science.
Tom was a loving, caring person who deeply enjoyed life and all it had to offer. He loved being with family and friends. He was a teacher for more than 25 years, best known for teaching seventh and eighth grade science and math at Glenwood, coaching track and the Chess Club. Tom loved life and people around him. He knew no stranger and took every opportunity to share his life experiences with others and learn from them. He was also very proud of his Irish heritage. He loved nature, birds, golfing, football (Notre Dame, OSU and Sooners), singing and traveling. He resided in Palm Springs for 11 years with his wife Evelyn, where he enjoyed being involved with the senior center and singing in the cantatas with retired entertainers.
Tom had a strong faith in God and in people. He was a member of the Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Temperance, Mich., and was previously a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Findlay, Ohio.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn; son, Tim (Tracy) Monaghan of Grand Rapids, Ohio; daughters, Shannon (Don) Shartell of Pandora, Ohio, and Kendra Monaghan of Findlay; stepson, Len (Georgianna) Lingar of Lambertville, Mich., Jeff (Shelly) Lingar and Randall Lingar; and stepdaughter, Sharon Mullin of Monroe, Mich.; brother, Bill (Judy) Monaghan of Sandusky; sister, Mary Lou White of Sandusky; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.
A private viewing was held with the family following his death in his home. A funeral mass will be 3 p.m. Friday at St. Michael's Parish, downtown location, 617 W. Main Cross, Findlay. All friends and relatives are invited to visit with the family 4-7 p.m. at the K of C hall across from the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Condolences may be made to merklefuneralservice.com.