Thomas Henry Wolinski, 69, died unexpectedly June 10, 2020 due to complications of the
COVID-19 virus. Tom was born April 13, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan to Dorothy and Henry
Wolinski, the second of three children. Tom attended Lee M. Thurston High School,
graduating on June 11, 1970. He immediately joined the Air Force serving for four years at
Williams Air Force Base in Arizona.
Upon leaving the Air Force, Tom lived in Illinois and later moved to Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He
was employed by Wisconsin Power and Light for 21 years. Before leaving WP&L, he worked
his way up to Control Room Operator, a position he was proud to have achieved. While living
in Sheboygan, he met his wife Sue (VanSluys) Belisle and they were married on February 20,
2000 in a service in East Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona. The couple moved to
Green Valley, Arizona with Shawn, Sue’s son, in 2001. Tom worked for Unisource
Energy/Tucson Electric Power for 16 years and retired in 2017. As many people do, he
needed a retirement job and so he worked for Vireo Health in Amado, AZ until the time of his
Tom had many and varied hobbies and interests including: clocks, especially cuckoo and
clocks that chime, railroad models, shooting pistols (had his CCW), and enjoying target
shooting with stepson Shawn. He also enjoyed old car shows, always looking for a Chevy
truck. Tom was also interested in desert landscaping and treasured the Arizona lifestyle,
hiking the mountains with Sue, and enjoying good Mexican cuisine.
But anyone who knew Tom knew his biggest passion was animal rescue. He and Sue
rescued many, many abandoned cats and other small animals. Whenever someone found a
stray, they would bring it to Tom. His nickname was affectionately “Tom Cat”.
Tom will be remembered as a man who was courteous, concerned about how others felt, and
someone with a good sense of humor. He liked to say, “Well, I’m a Polack!” and “When the
mountains are pink, it’s time for a drink”. He certainly loved to laugh!
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. He is survived by his wife, Sue
Wolinski, stepson Shawn (Carly) Belisle, grandson Alexander Belisle, (all of Green Valley,
AZ); daughters Samantha and Vanessa, sisters Patricia (John) Valeri (AZ) and Denise (Kim)
Shroyer (AZ), sisters-in-law, Sharon Van Sluijs (Oregon, WI), JoAnn (Stephen) Dietzler
(Combined Locks, WI), Sandy (Mike) Reisenauer (Sister Bay, WI), as well as many nieces
A virtual memorial service will be held for Tom with the Rev. Stephen Dietzler officiating.
Wichmann Fargo Funeral Homes, Appleton, WI will record the service and make it available
on their website for a few weeks after the service: www.wichmannfuneralhomes.com
In lieu of flowers please send memorials to:
2991 S Corte Amarilla
Green Valley, AZ 85614
All memorials will be used for animal rescue.