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Thomas M. Szulanczyk

1955 - 2021

Thomas M. Szulanczyk 65, of Lewisburg passed away on April 29, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.  Born in Lewisburg on October 5, 1955 he was the son of Rose (O’Brien) Szulanczyk of Lewisburg and the late Stanley Szulanczyk.  He was married on August 28, 1982 to the former Kristal Hoffman who survives. 


Thomas was a 1973 graduate of Lewisburg High School and a 1977 graduate of Syracuse University.  He worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons retiring as Associate Warden.  After retiring he worked as Executive Director of the North Central PA Chapter of the American Red Cross and then as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Lycoming County.  Thomas enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping and trap shooting.  He liked to go on bike rides, and he raised butterflies. 


He is survived by his mother; his wife; two sons, Matthew Szulanczyk and his partner, Alyssa Bradley of Maryland and Benjamin Szulanczyk and his partner, Jeff Carlson of Washington D.C.; a brother, Richard Szulanczyk and wife, Caroline of Narvon, PA; two sisters, Monica Vansickle and husband, Jeff of Lewisburg, and Judy Madea and husband, William of Jim Thorpe; a brother-in-law; Mark Hoffman and wife, Julie of Landisville and many nieces and nephews.


A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday May 6 at Sacred Heart Church, 814 St Louis St, Lewisburg with the Rev. Mark Wilke officiating.  Burial will follow in Follmer Church Cemetery in Milton.  Social distancing will be followed, and masks will need to be worn at the funeral mass.


In lieu of flowers donations are requested to the American Red Cross.


Tom seemed invincible. So full of life, laughter, strength, enthusiasm, and remarkable insight and compassion. The world has lost a powerhouse, and he will be sorely missed. Sending heartfelt condolences to his loved ones.
- Vera DiPietro

My life is richer because, for a brief time, I shared a bit of life's journey with Tom. There are no words to convey my sorrow at this tragic loss. May God's love embrace his family and friends with comfort and peace. - Barb Taylor

Tom has left a chasm where there used to be - as Vera says - life, laughter, strength, enthusiasm, insight and compassion. He will never be forgotten. Deepest sympathy to all who loved him and whom he left far too early.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awake in morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.
(by Mary Elizabeth Frye, poem in the public domain)

With much love to a dear, dear friend.

Valerie Whyman

I have appreciated Tom's and the family's kind neighborliness across many years and especially when my partner Missie and I first moved to the neighborhood. As women partners, we did not experience equal friendliness from all of our neighbors at that time, but Tom and Kris were unwavering. I will miss waving to Tom as he biked by in the neighborhood or as I walked the dog past the Szulanczyk's house. My thoughts are with all of Tom's family and friends at this difficult time of mourning and transition.

Tom, an amazing leader, friend, husband, and father was kind, funny, quirky, intuitive and smart.

He tolerated people who were negative and never gave up trying to uplift them. He encouraged optimistic people to be even more optimistic. He was a great sounding board, and always gave meaningful and useful advice. Whether it was apple cider, coffees or beers, he was always great company and a wonderful story teller. We loved his anecdotes and history lessons and how he could tell the stories of many who laid at rest in the cemetary. Tom didn’t forget, he remembered, building a repository of lessons, wisdom, and knowledge.
As the backyard biologist, he taught us things while making us laugh. As the supervisor, he showed us how to be stronger team members. As a friend, he invited us to be the better version of ourselves. He drew us out of our backwardness, and threw his yellow flag when he sensed we were full of ourselves, but he was the first to laugh when we were funny, and the loudest to whistle when he appreciated what we were doing.

It was so much fun swing dancing with him, acting out scenes from movies, quoting the quotes we came to love, and singing… always singing! We loved his butterflies as much as he did and we worried about the bees alongside him. His zinnias popped up every year, in all their many colors and designs, much like his kindness adapted to the good deeds he provided. He was friends with people from all walks of life, and he allowed everyone a voice in their opinions and perspective and he was happy to share his!

We are better people for having known and run with Tom. Thank you Tom, you have bettered this world and we are so grateful!

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