Thomas Michael Rodgers, 64, of Pulaski, passed away unexpectedly on August 24, 2021.
Tommy was born to the late Richard and Joan (Birr) Rodgers on November 1, 1956, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. He attended Assumption B.V.M. School in Pulaski, and was a 1975 graduate of Pulaski High School. On April 29, 1988, Tom married Michelle Roffers.
Tom started working at Our Best Canning while attending Pulaski High School. Shortly after graduation, he managed Danceland Ballroom under the ownership of his Mom and Dad. When Danceland sold in 1982, Tom worked on the Rodgers’ family farm in Maple Grove. In 1986, Tom purchased Rodgers’ Corner Club in Downtown Pulaski. Together, Tom and Michelle made the Corner Bar a destination for great music, drinks and company. In 1989, Tom accepted a position with the Village of Pulaski Water & Sewer Department. Tom, or T.R. as most of his colleagues knew him, worked for the Village until his retirement in December 2018. It was not unusual for Tom to sneak away from retired life to see “The Guys” at work. T.R. cherished the relationships he made with the Public Works crew and recognized them as life-long friends.
Tom was well-known for his love of music. Growing up in a musical family, it was only natural for Tom to have a passion for making music. Tom played the concertina, piano, drums, and guitar. He also had nearly perfect pitch and played by ear since he never learned how to read music. Tom was a shoo-in for a jam session, especially during Pulaski Polka Days. Tom played with Rodgers and Friends, Polkatown Sound, A.K.A., and many more. Tom’s favorite song married his two favorites: Polkas and Green Bay Packers! “Green Bay Packers, Green Bay Packers, they are number one… Green Bay Packers, Green Bay Packers, they are going to the Super Bowl!”
Tom loved spending time with his family. Whether it was taking his wife out dancing to the band Rocker, Rocker, Rocker, or having a cookout and pool party with his children and grandchildren, Tom enjoyed making memories. Additionally, Grandpa Tom always remembered to have M&Ms in stock for the grandchildren.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Joan Rodgers, Father and Mother-in-law, James and Ruth Ann Roffers, son, Leonard Rodgers, and Tom’s loyal furry friends, Penny & Sophie (dogs).
Tom is survived by his wife, Michelle (Pulaski); children, Benjamin (Lacey) Rodgers and their children, Lukas, Zakary, Kole, and Kennedy (New London), Loretta (Bryan) Rich and their children, Chloe and Wesley (Porterfield), Wendy Rodgers and her children, Kyle and Jonathan (Marinette), Stephanie Rodgers and her daughter, Olivia (Pulaski), and Jamie (Jon Vogels) Rodgers (Green Bay); his siblings: Steve (Sheryl) Rodgers (Pulaski), Christine (Gary) Rose (Crystal Falls, MI), and David Rodgers (Oconto); Michelle’s sisters: Debbie (Todd) Schneider (Coon Rapids, MN) and Diane (Paul) Schmitt (Jackson, MO); nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends and, of course, Maggie, the family dog.
Family & friends are invited to gather at Assumption B.V.M. Church, 119 E. Pulaski St., Pulaski, on Monday, August 30, 2021, from 4 to 7 pm, with a Wake Service at 6:45 pm. Visitation will continue Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at Assumption B.V.M. in Pulaski from 9:30 am. to 11 am. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 am Tuesday, with Fr. Carmen Scuderi, O.F.M presiding. Tom will be laid to rest in the Allouez Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum at a later date.
Tom’s family would like to thank the Pulaski Police Department, NEW Rescue Squad, Tri-County Fire Department, and Tom’s friends and colleagues of the Village of Pulaski Public Works Department for their service and compassion.