Thomas Wasmoen, 1943-2017

Published 1:00 am Saturday, November 4, 2017

Funeral services for Thomas Wayne Wasmoen, 74, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Concordia Lutheran Church of Pickerel Lake. The Rev. Peter Soli of Concordia Lutheran and the Rev. Don Malinsky, chaplain of St. John’s Lutheran Community, will officiate. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Online condolences are welcome at

Thomas Wasmoen

Tom died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease at Cottagewood Senior Community in Rochester.

Thomas Wayne Wasmoen was born March 22, 1943 at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea, the son of George and Nylene (Hanson) Wasmoen. He grew up in Albert Lea and graduated from Albert Lea High School.

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On Dec. 8, 1962, he married Paulette Schwemmler. They lived in Albert Lea for a short time before moving to their farm in rural Albert Lea, where he farmed until his retirement. He also worked at Streater for a short time.

Tom was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church of Pickerel Lake. He served on the church board, Conger Creamery Board and served for the Freeborn County Dairy Association.

He was an avid Twins, Vikings and Gophers fan. He was a member of the Southern Minnesota Parkinson’s Support Group. Tom loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and watching them in their activities and sports. He enjoyed bowling in Kiester, snowmobiling, fishing and playing blackjack, and loved traveling and spending time at his cabin near Detroit Lakes. Tom was proud to be an instigator of Landmark for the former Albert Lea High School by the class of ’61.

Tom is survived by his children Tammy (Rick) Krueger, Tracy Knight Humphrey, Tresh (Carmelita) Wasmoen, Teri (Jamie) Harty and Travis (Kristen) Wasmoen; grandchildren Stacy Krueger (Kendal), Justin (Lindsey) Krueger, Ashley Krueger, EJ Knight, Spenser Knight, Cassie Wasmoen, Mikayla Wasmoen, Chandler Anderson, Seth Anderson, Elizabeth Wasmoen, Aivin Wasmoen, Sam Harty, Sara Harty and Tanner Harty; great-grandchildren Brantley Quam, Ruxin Anderson and Eli Krueger; sister, Mary Carstens; Lynn Wasmoen was like a brother; several nieces and nephews; wife and companion, Marlene Piechowski, who Tom married on July 19, 2002, and her children Derik (Bobbi) Piechowski and Michael (Val) Piechowski; her grandchildren Torry Piechowski, Roxy Piechowski, Summer Swensrud, Garret Piechowski and Emma Piechowski; and her great-grandchild, Jace.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Paulette; sister-in-law, Cindy; brother-in-law, Al Carstens; and uncle, Eiven “Eddie” Wasmoen.

Memorials are preferred to the Southern Minnesota Parkinson’s Support Group.