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Delta Assembly of God
Thursday July 2nd, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am

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Thomas F. Krupitzer

Tom Krupitzer, age 80, died June 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio.  He graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in 1958 and received his BA in Business Administration from Cleveland State University in 1971. Ironically, as a man who hated to talk on the telephone, he spent his career working for Ohio Bell, United Telephone, Sprint, and Century Link as facilities engineer, retiring in 2004. His true passion was his avocation:  A Coach.  He began his coaching career at the age of 18, coaching CYO football in Euclid,  rec league football in Willowick, Little League Baseball, youth soccer, and Friendly House and CYO  basketball in Mansfield.  After arriving in Swanton, Tom continued coaching CYO basketball, rec and travel baseball, and rec and travel soccer.  Tom’s love of coaching was so great, that even after his children aged out of their sports, he continued coaching both basketball and soccer.

In 1995, he was invited to be the first coach of Swanton Boys’ Varsity Soccer – earning his first pay check as a coach – almost 40 years after starting his coaching career – which he invested back into the Soccer Program in a variety of ways.  Tom spent 20 years as the head coach and in 2015, the Swanton High School soccer field was named in his honor.

Tom is remembered as the “funniest guy in America,” a “Good guy,” a “Great Coach,” and the BEST husband and father any family could have. 

Tom said his greatest accomplishment was raising his six kids.  He supported all their endeavors by attending and often driving a van full of kids to athletics, theatre or dance performances, Shaun Cassidy concerts, movies, and field trips.

He is known for his willingness to tackle any job and his quotable quotes: “Effort is the great equalizer” and “Do or do not – there is no try.” He believed in finishing the job, but also in focusing on what was important- for instance, why paint what you can’t see? 

Tom is survived by his wife of 54 years Kathy (nee Burtnett), his children Mickie (Tim) Rinehart, Colleen Corrado, Brigette (Brian) Dineen, Tom (Mary Pat Buckenmeyer), Bob (Holly McBride), and Kristoffer (Kim Maunz), twelve grandchildren Emmalee, JT, and Olivia Rinehart, Josie, Lanie, Biaggio, and Lia Corrado, Maggie and Erin Dineen, and Abby, Drew, and Caitlin Krupitzer, as well as many sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, Godchildren, cousins, CHRP Brothers, and extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church, 333 Brookside Dr. in Swanton, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Fr. Eric Culler presiding. Since Tom cared for everyone, we ask that you care for each other by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

Interment will be in July at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Olmstead Falls.

 


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Guestbook

Kathy, I was so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.

Fran Pancoast Jul 13 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Kathy and family

We are so very sorry to hear about Tom's passing. He was a man that served so many people over his lifetime Geri and I will always remember his wonderful smile that reflected his love for others. You and your family will always be in our prayers ,May Tom rest in peace.

Larry and Geri Durholt Jul 9 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you Rev Bev. We follow you and appreciate your presence in our life. Kathy

Kathy Krupitzer Jul 6 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you Nick for your words of healing memories. I remember you, your mother, your grandmother. Life is full Of opportunities to remember, to love, to forgive.
Travis Weigel was going to post Toms Fathers Day Reflection from 2000. Maybe Tom still ll has wisdom to share with your new role. Love, Kathy K

Kathy Krupitzer Jul 6 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you Heidi. Tom and I have a long, happy, even accidental history with you all. Thank you for your memories. We hold them as healing today

Kathy Krupitzer Jul 6 2020 12:00 AM

My dearest Kathy & Family, You know what is in my heart about Tom. He was not just a awesome man but a great loving & loyal friend.You both have always treated me as part of your family. And I treasure my impromptu visits with you on Woodland Ave where Tom always proudly displayed his Chief Wahoo Cleveland Indians Flag!! Perhaps now with his Spiritual connection the Indians may win "Just One More" Series.He is watching over all of us, that's Tom.May you find peace knowing what a remarkable man he was & his legacy lives on in all of you his loving family & everyone he touched.Rest in Peace my dear friend. Gennie Gongwer

Gennie Gongwer Jul 6 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Krupitzer Family,

My condolences on the loss of coach. I only scratched the surface in getting to know him as a family man, but can tell you from a player perspective that he had a tremendous impact on my life. As a member of the first varsity team, coach drove us to dig deep and work harder than we knew we could. He taught me a lot about myself in that one season.

One of my greater joys was when I was able to coach against him. Not because of any rivalry, but have that unspoken bond of giving back to the game. I always wanted to do the best we could because I wanted to show him what he helped develop. He was always friendly in those moments and that is one of my enduring memories. Coach K always welcomed the alums back. He treated us like we were part of the family, even though our playing days had passed.

My hope for the family is that you can find comfort in knowing a little bit of the reach of Coach's impact.

God bless,
Brian Zeller

Brian Zeller Jul 2 2020 12:00 AM

Tom was a fellow classmate at St. Joes.
A Christian gentleman and the epitome of the finest taught by the Marianists.
Coach carries so much meaning.

Blessings, thoughts and prayers to and for Tom's Family.

Walter Hoag Jul 2 2020 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the Krupitzer family. Coach K was a huge influence in my life and a great mentor to me and so many others. He will be deeply missed.

Daniel Wirick Jul 2 2020 12:00 AM

My sincere sympathy to you on the passing of Tom. The obituary did a great job of capturing him as I knew him. He was always supportive of me in my coaching because I think he experienced much with his own coaching and understood. His two sons I knew well were simply outstanding young men. Tom left a great legacy!

Ed Heintschel Jul 2 2020 12:00 AM

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