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Thomas J. Gernux

September 17, 1928 ~ April 14, 2022 (age 93)

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Thomas Gernux, 93, died peacefully on April 14th surrounded by his loving family. Born in Springfield, he was the son of the late Thomas and Margaret (Passig) Gernux. Married 61 years, Tom was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor (King) in 2012, his son John, in 1974, and his sister Elizabeth (Gernux) Brunk, in 2018. A World War II Army veteran, Tom served in Germany during the U.S. Occupation. This European tour of duty gave him the opportunity to visit many of his German relatives and laid the foundation for a lifelong commitment to pursuing and maintaining the personal history of his family’s roots. Tom began work as an Apprentice Mason/Bricklayer and earned local, state, and New England titles. One of his proudest achievements was winning a national title as the number one Apprentice Bricklayer in the country in 1953. Tom’s skill as a bricklayer and builder culminated in the construction of two of the family’s homes on Glenn Drive in Wilbraham, where he and Eleanor raised a growing family of four boys. During this time he worked tirelessly as a Construction Superintendent for forty years and supervised numerous construction projects which included libraries, schools, hospitals, malls, jails, and office buildings. When employment took him out of state, Tom always managed to bring his family along at some point to share in the adventure. Some of these adventures included summers on Lake Rescue and the Great Sacandaga in New York. His boys also enjoyed skiing and he soon was taking them to Hogback Mountain in Vermont for family ski outings. Tom and Eleanor enjoyed square dancing, music, and theater and following his retirement in 1992, they enjoyed traveling to Branson, Missouri and Hawaii and taking cruises to Alaska and the Panama Canal. Their greatest joy was derived from watching their family grow and participating in their lives. Tom was an invaluable resource for his family and worked alongside his sons on countless home projects which included building patios, fireplaces, and chimneys. He not only shared his knowledge of construction and building, he truly mentored his sons. Tom also had the uncanny ability to remember stories with details that brought them to life. He was sharp, disciplined and thorough in everything he did. He will be deeply, deeply missed by his three surviving sons, Richard (Elaine) Gernux of Hampden, MA, David (Joanne) Gernux of Hampden, MA, and Thomas (Carolyn) Gernux of East Longmeadow, MA; his grandchildren, Leah, Kristen, Sarah, Brian, Amy and Eric; and his great-grandchildren, Emery, Logan, Ella, Ada and Benjamin; his many nieces and nephews, and countless lifelong friends. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, April 21, 4-7 pm at the Wilbraham Funeral Home, 2551 Boston Road, Wilbraham. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, April 22, 11 am at Grace Union Church, 10 Chapel Street, Wilbraham. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grace Union Church Memorial Fund, 10 Chapel Street, Wilbraham, MA 01095 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
April 21, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wilbraham Funeral Home
2551 Boston Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095

Funeral Service
Friday
April 22, 2022

11:00 AM
Grace Union Church
10 Chapel Street
Wilbraham, MA 01095

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