1938 Thomas 2021

Thomas Michael "Tom" Grace

October 3, 1938 — February 3, 2021

Tom Grace, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather died peacefully on February 3, 2021.  Tom was born on October 3, 1938 in Beaver Dam, WI, the son of Roland and Sophie Grace.

Tom graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in chemical engineering.  He earned his PhD at the University of Minnesota.  Tom married Loretta Potvin on January 12, 1963.  They shared 15 years of marriage until her death in January 1978.  On April 12, 1980 he married Mary Wingfield.  They enjoyed 41 years together.

Tom had a long and distinguished career in the paper industry.  He was a professor at the Institute Paper Chemistry in Appleton for many years.  When the Institute relocated to Atlanta, he started his own consulting business.  He received many recognitions for his research, teaching, and practical applications of recovery boiler technology.  In 2001 he received the TAPPI Gunner Nicholson Gold Medal and in 2003 was inducted into the International Paper Hall of Fame.

Tom was a long-time member of St. Thomas More Church where he sang in the choir.  He was also a lifetime member of the MacDowell Chorus.  He served in various leadership positions including president and ticket chairman.  He was also an avid cross-country skier and bicyclist.

Tom is survived by his wife, Mary; his daughters, Misty (Tim) Finley, Michelle (William) Jensen, and Mara (Robert) Schwandt; his grandchildren, Shenandoah and Shaynon Goss, Demetrius Davis, Anna (Tyler) Hiles, David, Sarah, and Maria Jensen, and Greta, Emma, and Michael Schwandt; and his great grandchildren Mary Hiles and Kilo Goss; his brother, Peter (Mary) Grace, his sister, Annette (George) Carran, and his sister-in-law, Joan Grace.  He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, friends, and colleagues.

He was welcomed in heaven by his parents, his first wife Loretta Grace and his brother Larry Grace.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1810 N. McDonald St., Appleton. Visitation will be on Saturday at the church from 9:30 am until the time of the Mass.

Donations in his memory can be given to the Appleton MacDowell Chorus, St. Thomas More Church, or the Paper Discovery Center.

The family would like to thank the staff of Century Oaks building 3 for the loving care they gave Tom, and the Heartland Hospice team for their care and compassion.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Sunday, August 28, 2022

9:30 - 11:00am

St. Thomas More Catholic Church

1810 N McDonald St, Appleton, WI 54911

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

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St. Thomas More Catholic Church

1810 N McDonald St, Appleton, WI 54911

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St. Joseph Cemetery, Appleton

1528 N Ballard Rd, Appleton, WI 54911

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