We deeply mourn the passing of our beloved husband, father, and Pappap, Thomas Michael Kristy (Kristolich), on April 23, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Born April 18, 1925 in Coverdale, Pa., Tom was the youngest of Nicholas and Rose Kristolich’s three children.
Tom was raised in Newfield, Pa., a coal mining community, where his father was chosen by John L. Lewis to form the union. He graduated from Penn Hills High School in 1943, enlisted in the Army Air Corps the following day, and served in England with the Eighth Air Corps.
Through the GI Bill, he attended California State Teachers College, graduating with a degree in Industrial Arts and Mechanical Drawing in 1950. Loving the Allegheny National Forest, Tom accepted his first teaching job in Sheffield, Pa., where he taught Industrial Arts and coached football and basketball. He then taught at Beaty Junior High, was the first to teach in the new Warren Area High School wood shop, and also taught drivers education. He retired in 1982 at the age of 57. Over the years, Tom enjoyed hearing from his students about their home projects and always remembered what each of them had made in his shop class.
Being a meticulous woodworker, Tom and his wife built their home at 28 Pratt Street, Sheffield, Pa., where they raised their family and have resided for 63 years. He always had a project on his work bench and a “daddydo list”.
Tom loved the game of golf, and was a skilled player. He was a member of Blueberry Hill and Pine Acres, playing in many leagues over the years. While he was thrilled to finally achieve a holeinone in Florida, his greatest joy was teaching his granddaughter the game.
An avid flyfisherman, Tom was talented at tying beautiful flies, and liked gifting them to his fishing friends. He was designing and tying until the day of his death.
As a great outdoorsman, he loved hunting and enjoyed mentoring young people who were taking up the sport. In recent years, Tom was adopted by the Slabtown Sportsmen of Hickory, Pa, and loved the camaraderie of these young hunters.
Tom loved his Pittsburgh sports teams, was a member of the Sheffield VFW, the Sheffield Rod and Gun Club, the American Legion, a former township supervisor, a founding member of the Sheffield Conservation Club, and a lifelong member of the NRA. He and his wife were also members of the Circle 8, Apple Siders, and Tarr’s Stars square and round dancing clubs. For many years, he and his family enjoyed spending winters at Hammondell in Winter Haven, Fla.
Most important in Tom’s life was his family. He cherished his girls. He leaves behind his wife of 67 years, “Mitzi” (Lorene) Ruth Ostrowske Kristy; a daughter and devoted caregiver, Debra Kristy of Sheffield, Pa. and Chautauqua, NY; a daughter, Karen Kristy MacInnes and granddaughter Allison MacInnes of Sharon, CT. He also leaves four nieces and one nephew, and good friend, Bill Porter, of Sheffield, Pa.
In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his brother Henry and sisterinlaw Mary Lou Kristy of Monroeville, Pa., sister Ann Kristy of Pittsburgh, Pa., and inlaws Milton, Margie, and Paul Ostrowske.
Tom was a quiet man, speaking only the truth. He was loved and respected by his friends and adored by his family, who will miss him dearly.
The family will receive friends at the BordenLloyd Funeral Home, Sheffield, Pa., on Friday, April 26 from 6:008:00 p.m. and on Saturday, April 27, at the Sheffield United Methodist Church from 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. A service celebrating Tom’s life will follow at noon with the Reverend Paul Womack of Hurlbut Memorial Community United Methodist Church of Chautauqua officiating. Interment will follow at the Sheffield Cemetery.
In honor of Tom, donations may be made to the Sheffield Volunteer Ambulance Service or a charity of the donor’s choosing.