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Tom Faase

Tom Faase (Sociology)

May 2010

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The college mourns beloved professor

Loving memories of Tom Faase (Sociology) have drawn the community together in mourning since his death April 25. The Memorial Mass last Thursday saw Old St. Joe's filled to overflowing as condolences continued to pour in from his many former students.

The watchwords by which Faase was known echoed around campus in the days following his death: words like joy, faith and, above all, gentleness. His last article, “Love Abounds,” appeared, fittingly, in the college magazine’s recent “Love” issue – who better to introduce such a topic?

An obituary notice in the Green Bay Press-Gazette noted, “Tom passionately taught 27 years at his second home, St. Norbert College.

“His vigor and enthusiasm for life was contagious to everyone he came in contact with. The ultimate joy and love in Tom's life was his family, who knew him not only as a great husband and father, but as a great man.

“Tom will be dearly missed and remembered lovingly by all of the many lives he touched in his years as one of God's devoted servants.”

Faase is survived by his wife, Debbie (Education); his son, Noah; and his daughters, Chelsea ’08 and Morgan. Noah and Morgan gave the eulogy at his funeral, and Morgan said her father firmly believed a “Tom smile” could save the world – and she firmly believed that it did.

Online condolences may be expressed at the Cotter Funeral Home website.



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