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Thomas “Tom” Adam Katlack

Thomas “Tom” Adam Katlack, age 76, of Litchfield, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007 at his home.

He was born Dec. 25, 1930 in Newark, N.J., the son of Thomas and Anna (Brutka) Katlack.

Tom worked for the American Can Company from 1948 until he entered the service in 1952. He served in the US Air Force from 1952 until 1959.

Tom was united in marriage to Camilla Werner May 4, 1957 at the Church of Assumption in Washington, D.C.

After his military service, he continued to work for the American Can Company until April of 1963, when he became a route carrier for the US Postal Service. He was transfered, and moved to Litchfield in 1963.

Tom was an active member of St. John’s Church and the Church of St. Gertrude, the Knights of Columbus, 3rd and 4th degree; the Disabled American Veterans, and the Nelsan-Horton American Legion Post 104.

He enjoyed being active in the community, dressing as the Litchfield Santa Claus for many years, serving as a Blues Baseball board member, and helping with the G.A.R. Hall. He was also active with the community theater and Forest City Stockade.

He enjoyed traveling, writing the newsletter for the Knights of Columbus, umpiring for slow-pitch softball, watching the Litchfield Blues baseball team, and especially, spending time with family and friends.

Tom is survived by his wife, Camilla, of Litchfield; children: Thomas Katlack of Minneapolis, Michael (and Vonnie) Katlack of Litchfield, Steven Katlack and wife, Meg Frasier of Peoria, Ill., and Jean Ahlbrecht of Litchfield; four grandchildren, Vahna Ahlbrecht, Kessa Ahlbrecht, Mikalynn Katlack and Duncan Katlack; a brother, Joe (and Joyce) Katlack of Brooklyn Park; sisters, Sister Maryanne Katlack, and Judy Nigro, both of New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Lorraine Korecky, and Barbara Kish; and brother Stan Katlack.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Church of St. Gertrude in Forest City with Father Paul Schumacher as celebrant. Visitation was from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service, and a Knights of Columbus Rosary was prayed at church prior to the service. Interment was in St. Gertrude’s Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Nelsan-Horton American Legion Post 104.

Arrangements were by Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield.

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