Thomas J. Nace

Born: Tue., Oct. 15, 1918
Died: Tue., Jan. 4, 2011


3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 07, 2011
Location: - Not available -

Funeral Service

5:00 PM Fri., Jan. 07, 2011

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Thomas J. Nace

Oct. 15, 1918 – Jan. 4, 2011

Thomas J. Nace, 92, of South Bend, passed away 12:17 p.m. Tuesday, January 4, 2011, in Southfield Village. Thomas was born October 15, 1918 in Patton, Indiana, to the late Thomas J. and Alta (Turner) Nace Sr. He was also preceded in death by several siblings. On October of 1942 in Washington, D.C., Thomas married Virginia (Richey) who survives. Also surviving are daughters, Marcia (Roger) Stahl of Carmel, Indiana and Pamela K. (John) Wentzel, of Kununurra, West Australia, son, Jon (Judy) Nace, of Mishawaka, seven grandchildren, Jill Nace (Jeremy) Littlejohn, Jeffrey J. (Nicole) Nace, Emily Wentzel (Kevin) Walle, Forrest O. (Melissa) Wentzel, Andrew O. (Jessica) Wentzel, Colin A. Stahl, Caitlin E. Stahl, and five great-grandchildren. Thomas was a retired Colonel from the United States Army, serving during WWII and was involved in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of E.A.A., Sierra Club, Audubon Society, and First Christian Church. He retired from South Bend Supply Company in 1980. Thomas enjoyed backpacking in the Appalachians, Grand Canyon, and Montana. He was an avid birdwatcher, and enjoyed making Nantucket baskets. Funeral services will be held 5:00pm Friday, January 7, 2011 in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 521 N. William Street. Friends may visit with the family from 3:00 pm till time of services on Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to The Center for Hospice, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637 or to Indiana Nature Conservancy, 620 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at



Charitable donations may be made in Thomas's memory to the following organizations:

Center for Hospice and Palliative Care
111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637

Indiana Nature Conservancy
620 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

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Vivian VanDerWeele Argos, IN
   Posted Thu January 06, 2011
So sorry for the loss of Tom. I will never forget what a true and caring friend he was to help Bruce when we all wintered in Surprise, AZ.

Bruce and Jean Stauffer--Argos, IN/Lake Havasu, AZ
   Posted Thu January 06, 2011
We got to know Tom when we built a home in the early 70's..he sold us our bath fixtures...then later we spent many happy times with both Tom and Virginia and my parents, Bruce and Viv VanDerWeele when they wintered in Surprise, AZ. He was just simply a "nice nice fellow" Our deepest sympathies to you, Virginia and your entire family.

Susan Nace
   Posted Thu January 06, 2011
Though we need to weep your loss,
You dwell in that safe place in our hearts
Where no storm or night or pain can reach you.

Your love was like the dawn
Brightening over our lives,
Awakening beneath the dark
A further adventure of color.

The sound of your voice
Found for us
A new music
That brightened everything.

Whatever you enfolded in your gaze
Quickened in the joy of its being;
You placed smiles like flowers
On the altar of the heart.
Your mind always sparkled
With wonder at things.

Though we cannot see you with outward eyes,
We know our soul's gaze is upon your face,
Smiling back at us from within everything
To which we bring our best refinement.

Let us not look for you only in memory,
Where we would grow lonely without you.
You would want us to find you in presence,
Beside us when beauty brightens,
when birds sing,
When kindness glows
And music echoes eternal tones.

May you continue to to inspire us:
To enter each day with a kind and generous heart.
To serve the call of courage and love.
~John O'Donohue

Uncle Tom was, for me, a kind, humble, and gentle man with easy laughter and a twinkle in his eye. Even after my parents' deaths, he and Aunt Jean called, wrote, kept me enfolded in family. That kindness is a precious gift that I cherish.

With sympathy for everyones' loss and grief, and gratitude for the kindness of a man who lived life with passion.

Much love to all of you,
Susan Nace

Dianne (Richey) Martin
   Posted Fri January 07, 2011
I was so sorry to hear that Uncle Tommy had passed away.. Even though our correspondence has been very slim over the years, you are all in my thoughts a lot.
I think about the times I spent at your home, just visiting or for the holiday gatherings and cherish the memories that were made. The laughter in your home, the love shared there and the caring hearts meant alot...Uncle Tommy always had that sparkle in his eye and a smile on his face that I can still see so clearly today. I still have the book on birds you gave to me and bring it out each time I find a bird I have never seen before. Thank you for sharing your passion with me.
Know that my thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you during this time.
My love to you all
Dianne (Richey) Martin

David G Thompson
   Posted Fri January 07, 2011
Sorry to hear that Col Nace passed away. My dad ( Col Lynn Thompson) and I were in the Army Reserves together ( 5076 Logistic Command) He will be missed

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