Every so often, the Lord takes a young person to Heaven that just makes you wonder if the good folks on the other side needed a soul with a high fun factor to shake things up a bit. That’s certainly the case with Tom Scheld, 44, a wonderful husband, father, son and brother, son-in-law, and brother-in-law who began enjoying his eternal reward Nov. 7, 2007, as the result of a brain hemorrhage.
It’s hard not to crack a smile when thinking about Tom, even in this time of intense sorrow. Tom was born March 1, 1963 (his father’s birthday), to a very loving but admittedly pretty straight-laced family, and his free spirit provided proof that this physical world was created to enjoy to its fullest.
Tom was the third of Ernest and Mary Scheld’s four children, attending SS Peter & Paul Grade School and Green Bay Preble High School (class of 1981). He was a good baseball player as a kid and possessed more athletic ability than a lot of people realized. Tom also possessed that twinkle in his eyes that let you know he was enjoying the moment, even if those around him (mainly his parents) were stressing out a bit.
Tom met his soul-mate, Laurie Mahlik, on May 2, 1987, and it wasn’t long before they were inseparable. It began as a conversation about a chicken dinner, and before long it became a big chicken dinner on their wedding night, Aug. 3, 1990. Tom’s spirit will live on in his children Jennifer (14), Jay Thomas (12), Kaitlynn (8) and Brooke (6).
Blessed with the ability to see the positive side of life, Tom’s goofiness kept those around him a little more light-hearted than they would have been without him. Tom always said, “Be positive, stay positive and keep God with you. I love you, and have a good day at school.” He enjoyed watching his children’s activities, and above all, he was very proud of his kids.
A lifelong Green Bay resident, Tom was a dependable worker for LDI Composites who took satisfaction from the structure of a steady job. He loved spending time with his family, playing cards with family and friends, watching the Packers with a cold Pabst Blue Ribbon, and hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoors activities.
Tom will also be fondly remembered and sadly missed by his siblings and their families: Sue and Rick Halverson (Cassie and Kristi), Green Bay; Leslie Scheld and Sarah Frey, La Crosse; and Mark and Connie Scheld (McKenzie and Parker), Green Bay.
He is further survived by Laurie’s family: parents Larry and Pat Mahlik, Green Bay; Bruce Mahlik (Alesha, Kyle and Amber), Green Bay; Wendy and Bruce Mommaerts (Stephanie and Renee); Angie (Tom called her Angie Baby) and Ron Rea (Brandon, Brian and Bruce), Bryant, Wis.
The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Vincent Hospital, especially the Pastoral Care and 6th Floor Intensive Care Unit teams, along with all the support from friends and co-workers throughout the hospital.
The family will greet visitors from 4-8 p.m. today (Friday) at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., and after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Kilian’s Catholic Church in New Franken until the time of Mass. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church with Rev. Dean Dombroski officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the Scheld family at www.prokowall.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the children’s education funds.
Tom was blessed with the ability to appreciate all the good things in his life. He was fond of saying, “I’m the luckiest guy I know.”
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