He was born Nov. 18, 1946, in Hammond, Ind., as the son of Sigmund A. and Anna Partak Carnowski. He attended grade school at Irving School, Hammond, and graduated from Bishop Noll High School. He attended college in New Mexico. He moved to Chicago and trained at the Washburn Trade School to become a chef. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed at SHAPE Headquarters in Belgium, where he was chef to the U.S. European Forces. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to the U.S. and worked at Gapers Caterers, and later at Ferray-Florshine as a chef. After 35 years in Chicago, he retired and moved to Brazil, in 2002. He enjoyed living in this small community and liked the very friendly people there. Tom loved cooking, and even in retirement, made food and bread for friends, neighbors and relatives, especially at big family events. In Hammond, he attended St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. In Chicago, he attended St. Andrew Catholic Church and in Brazil, he was a member of Annunciation Church for the past eight years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Ralph Nordyke.
He is survived by his sisters Eleanor Gagnon, North Stonington, Conn., Henrietta Nordyke, Dyer, Ind., and Linda Dunn, Tempe, Ariz, nieces Kathy (David) Rosenberg, Pawcatuck, Conn., Annette (Mark Sr.) Meyers, Brazil, Carrie (Stephen) Roach, Indianapolis, and Chancey (Timothy) Stanage, Crown Point, Ind., nephews William (Holly) Gagon, Ledyard, Conn., Ralph Nordyke Jr., Crown Point, Ind., Jeffrey (Cary) Nordyke, Chesterton, Ind., and Daniel M. Nordyke, Dyer, Ind., and many great-nieces and nephews.
At his request, Moore Funeral Home was chosen to provide cremation services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, May 14, at Annunciation Church with Military Honors to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the Annunciation Church Building Fund or Masses at 415 E. Church St., Brazil, Ind. 47834.
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