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Thomas J. Kolman, age 63, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2008 peacefully at his home with his wife and daughter by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2008 at Roseberry�s Funeral Home. Rev. Steven Keller will officiate. Military rites will be offered by the Adams VFW Post #6279; the Adams American Legion Red Cloud Post #250; and the Grand Marsh American Legion Snyder-Richardson Post #273.Cremation will follow the traditional service with final interment Olin Cemetery, Town of Springville, Adams County, Wisconsin at a later date.

Friends may call at Roseberry�s on Friday, March 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

Tom was born August 27, 1944 in Blue River, Wisconsin � the fourth of twelve children born to Roy and Phylis Kolman. In his youth, Tom did farm work on the Paul and Elaine Kinney farms. He also helped his brother Reed on his milk route and worked in the cheese factory in Excelsior. Tom graduated from Blue River High School. He served his country in the U.S. Army. Tom married Patsy (Marshall) Stafford on February 3, 1978. He was family oriented man and loved his wife Patsy and their children Jean, Dean, and Aimee, putting them above his own needs or wants at all times.

Tom worked as a truck driver for the majority of his life, with Skinner Transfer out of Reedsburg for over 20 years. He enjoyed his job and the friends he made while traveling across the country. Tom never met a person who ever remained a stranger. He enjoyed the outdoors, spending time walking in the woods, with his wife and their dog Snoopy. Tom loved to watch the birds, and to work in his garden. He also enjoyed playing cards, and getting together with their good friends, Doug and Millie Gray.

Tom is survived by Patsy, his loving wife and best friend of 30 years; their three children: Jean (Tom) Bolgrihn, Dean (Mary) Stafford both of Wisconsin Dells, and Aimee (Buford) Claborn of Peoria, Arizona; Grandchildren: James (Lisa), Dustin (Jennifer), Audra, Cody, Amber, David, Kristiana, Kaitlyn, Jacob, Connor, Jasmine, Cheyenne, Chance, and Gage; one Great-Grandchild, Summer Lynn Bolgrihn; Brothers and Sisters: Reed Kolman, Frank (Karen) Kolman, Sophia (Don) Ward, June (Gary) Ward, Stephen (Dawn) Kolman, Donald (Shawny) Kolman, Alice (Bob) Bohn, Mary Quinlan, and Guy (Lori) Kolman. Further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Tom was preceded in death by parents, Roy and Phylis; sister, Clara Adkins; brother, George (Intok) Kolman; granddaughter, Charity Claborn; sister-in-law, Judy Kolman; and brother-in-law, Will Quinlan.

Tom battled his cancer with great character, and did not allow it to take away the joy he found in life, or his warm smile and sense of humor. His voice, his smile, and his contagious sense of humor will be greatly missed by all. But will not be forgotten by anyone.

Roseberry�s Funeral Home of Friendship is assisting the family. Visit for online condolences.


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