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Tommy "Tom" Roderick

August 20, 1935 — February 7, 2024

Tommy “Tom” Roderick, 88, loving husband of 62 years, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and a friend to many, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, with the family at his side. He was born on August 20, 1935, in Rockford, the son of Charles and Eleanor Roderick. He married Danuta “Donna” Sawicki on October 6, 1962, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. He worked at Barber Colman as a Tool and Die Maker for 12 years and retired from the Rockford Park District after 34 years. Tom was a “Jack of all trades”. If it could be fixed, it did not get thrown away. He was a very involved member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. He was a member of the Holy Name Society, the finance committee, a member of the Polish Fest committee and an usher for 45 years. He was an Army veteran serving for 3 years overseas during the Lebanon, Cuban and Berlin Crisis and remained in the reserves for 3 additional years. Tom was always an involved father with his children and never missed any of their activities. He would text his children every morning to keep them informed about his day. He loved fishing and enjoyed time with friends, having fun and telling jokes. Most of all he loved his family. His wife, children and grandchildren were always his priority.

Survived by his loving wife, Donna; his daughter, Terrie (Frank) Laudicina of Dekalb, his son, Jeff (Rebecca) of Caledonia and his daughter, Kimberly (Dave) Niemiec of Dundee; his grandchildren, Sara, Vincent (Riley), Joey, Abigail (Nick), Matthew, Aryanna, Amanda and Georgiana; his great grandson, Frankie. Preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Charles Jr. “Chucky”, and his granddaughter, Katherine.

Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, February 12, 2024, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 201 Buckbee St. Rockford. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. until the time of mass at the church on Monday. Arrangements by Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Tommy’s name to the church. Share online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.


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Visitation

Monday, February 12, 2024

9:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Stanislaus Catholic Church

201 Buckbee Street, Rockford, IL 61104

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Funeral Mass

Monday, February 12, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Stanislaus Catholic Church

201 Buckbee Street, Rockford, IL 61104

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