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Mr. Thomas E. Materna, 88, entered the arms of the Lord, surrounded by the love of his family on Saturday, January 13, 2024.
We respectfully request that no one arrive at the funeral home prior to the posted visitation times, so as not to intrude on the family’s private time.
Family and friends are invited to the visitation in the Kowalski Funeral Home, 515 Roselle Street, Linden on Sunday, January 21st. from 1:00-4:00PM. On Monday, January 22nd. at 9:45AM everyone will gather directly at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Linden where a funeral mass will be offered at 10:00AM. The prayers of the committal will precede Mr. Materna’s burial in the family plot in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia, New Jersey. The family has requested that you please OMIT flowers. Donations in Thomas’s memory may be made to the Center for Hope Hospice, 1900 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076.
Thomas, the son of the late Marjorie Kosdrosky Materna and the late Joseph Materna was born in Bayonne, New Jersey and he lived his entire life in Linden, New Jersey. His educational endeavors resulted in graduating from Linden High School in Linden and Seton Hall University in South Orange.
Tom had a long and storied career history where it seemed as if he could accomplish anything and everything. He was a sheet metal worker employed by the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local #25 in Carlstad, New Jersey for over fifty years, retiring in 2003. Concurrently, Tom was also the owner and operator of Tom-Lor Liquors in Elizabeth from 1977 until 1997. After his retirement from the Union Local, Tom went to work for the TSA at Newark Airport as a security officer. He finally started to enjoy his full and well-deserved retirement in 2013.
In his free time, Tom could always be found reading a book. He was voracious in this hobby and his favorite American thriller authors were Tom Clancy and James Patterson. Tom would take daily walks around his neighborhood getting fresh air, greeting his neighbors and simply enjoying the outside wonders of Mother Nature. He was a long-time usher at St. Theresa’s Church in Linden, where he proudly wore the red jacket as he seated people for mass & assisted in any other way necessary. Summers would find Tom down the shore on the beach on LBI, enjoying the warm sand, the smell of the ocean and the bright sunshine on a clear blue sky day. However, the best part of Tom’s life was any time he was able to spend with anyone of his seven grandsons, who brought his heart sincere joy and happiness. In truth, they probably keep him young at heart and spirit, as well!
Tom endured the loss of his wife, Margaret C. Materna (2017), his grandson, Jake Schreck (2023) and his only brother, Joseph Materna (2022).
Tom is survived by his two daughters, Karen Musialowicz and her husband, Arthur and Kim Schreck and her husband, Andy; his three sisters, Mary Ann Henninghan and her husband, Joseph, Donnalynn Lazo and her husband, John and Louellen Pagliaro and her husband, Ernest; his six grandsons, Drew Schreck and his fiancé, Jordan Smith, Kyle Musialowicz, Brett Musialowicz, Matthew Schreck, Justin Musialowicz and Dean Musialowicz and his many nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
Tom was the center of life for his family, and he had an abundance of love for everyone in his circle. He will be deeply missed, but Tom will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace as he is reunited with all those who went before him.