James Michael Tomaszewski

Oct 10, 1946 - Feb 9, 2022

East Lawn Memorial Park
4300 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, California, 95819

Obituary

James Michael Tomaszewski,of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away on February 9, 2022 in Sacramento, California. He was 75 years young when the Lord called him home. “Jim”, as he was known to many, was a humble man with many proud achievements during his lifetime.
 Jim was born in Buffalo, New York in the Fall of 1946 to Edwin and Dorothy Tomaszewski. He was the first of their three children and raised in the small town of Elma, New York. After finishing high school, Jim joined the United States Navy in April of 1966. After attending Naval SeaBee training, he proudly served his country with two tours of duty in The Vietnam War. It was after his first tour when he came back to stateside to Port Hueneme, California where he would meet the love of his life, Brenda. The couple began dating in May of 1968 and quickly knew they were meant to be together. Jim proposed to Brenda in June of 1968 before having to leave for his second tour of duty in Vietnam. He then returned in March 1969 and married Brenda to begin their beautiful life together. Jim and Brenda then made their journey together to Buffalo, New York and began to build their family. It was during this time that Jim also attended college and became an Ironworker. He was always proud of this accomplishment and enjoyed the challenges of the trade. Jim and Brenda would have a total of four children, three sons and one daughter. Jim was always proud of his family and worked hard to not only provide for his wife and children, but to teach the important lessons of life and always encourage knowledge and patience.

He is survived by his beautiful loving wife of 52 years, Brenda Tomaszewski; Eldest son, Edwin and his wife Kim of Clinton, Utah; Second son James and his wife Brandi of Carlsbad, California; youngest son Peter and his wife Belinda of Woodland, California; and his only daughter Natasha of Las Vegas, Nevada; Younger brother Bradley and his wife Andrea of Hamlin, New York; youngest brother Allen and his wife MaryEllen of Elma, New York. Jim is also survived by 9 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren, along with multiple cousins.

Jim will always be remembered as a Loving Husband, proud and caring Father, and humorous Grandfather. Whenever he was asked how he was doing, he would always have the same response- super fantastic as always. While we mourn his loss, we always remember him as being Super Fantastic As Always!

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sacramento, California with his final resting place and Burial Services with Military Honors conducted at the Sacramento Valley National Veterans Cemetery in Dixon, California.

Guestbook

  • Brenda tomaszewski says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day.
    I love you forever and ever

  • James Tomaszewski says:

    Rest easy Pops. Our loving thoughts embrace you always and forever.

  • Edwin Tomaszewski says:

    Thank you for everything you did for our family. We all learned alot from you and your strength
    We love you and miss you

  • Kayla jensen says:

    Your memory and teachings will live through the generations. We will forever miss you, thank you for everything you have taught us. Rest in peace, grandpa. We love you forever and always.

  • Johannes Tomaszewski says:

    Every moment with you will forever be cherished. Thank you for bringing so much love and happiness into everybody’s life that you touched. We will always miss you. Love you grandpa.

  • Brittany C Tomaszewski says:

    We will miss you dearly grandpa, your smile will always be in my heart. Your laugh and love for life will be forever cherished. Thank you for being our grandpa. Rest in peace and we love you and miss you so much.

  • Bradley Tomaszewski says:

    My big brother Jim changed my life forever in several different ways. Two examples come to mind.
    First, Jim took me fishing at Blossom Dam where I caught my first fish! After decades of memorable fishing trips under my belt, I still clearly remember my big brother digging for worms, rigging my line and baiting my hook.
    Second, my big brother’s method of teaching me to ride a bike was “experience based”, meaning no training wheels………just do it. There was a small hill behind the house at 810 N. Blossom. I got on a beat-up old 16″ bike and Jim would launch me down the hill. Many bruises later, I was riding a bike! My big brother and I rode our bikes up and down Blossom road, instilling in me a love of cycling. Today, I ride a high-tech road bike over 1,000 miles a year.
    Altogether, many seemingly small efforts by my big brother Jim changed my life forever.

    I will miss him…….rest easy, big brother.

    Brad

  • Linda McCarthy says:

    Rest in Peace cousin Jimmy your job is done and i’m sure you were greeted by Tommy who you carried in your heart all these years! Prayers to those left behind that the many memories you made together will ease your sorrow!
    Love Linda

  • Ronald Pokorski says:

    My cousin Jimmy and his mom and dad shared a house with our family in Buffalo NY, east side. He was the same age as my brother Dick and we used to play together. When the family moved to Elma, we thought it was like driving to the moon in those days. I remember that when we passed “Elma Lunch” we were almost there. Good memories of Jimmy.

  • Paul Tomaszewski / Art Torcello says:

    Cousin Jim: Remembering all the good Holiday times we shared while you lived in Las Vegas. We will forever cherish the Pizza Parties shared at your apartment. So sad to have you leave us, but knowing you are at Peace makes our Hearts Sing. We know how deeply you suffered recently and pray God has found you cradled in his Loving Arms. Safe journey to your Reward to such a Beautiful Person. We will miss you dearly. Love Paul & Art

  • Paul Tomaszewski / Art Torcello says:

    My older cousin of Three years who was the first one in the Family to get his own truck. I will always remember the wild rides you took Tommy and I on through the Elma Hills. What a fun time. I will truly miss sharing Kielbasa with you ordered from Redlinski’s in Buffalo at the Holidays. So wonderful to share our Polish Roots thru Food. You have to know Buffalo to appreciate how important these details are to us. Love you always, Paul

  • ALLEN TOMASZEWSKI says:

    My fondest early memories of Jim were being his “helper” with his 40’s Dodge field car, ’59 Dodge Pickup, and his ’60 Rambler. Then he was away in the service and the next time I saw him he was is a full grown man with his young beautiful bride and a very cool ’69 Roadrunner – beep beep. I remember helping him with a couple of his businesses – Port-A-Weld and Valley Fence Company. The biggest impression he made on me was when we were standing in front of his barn in Ellicottville and he was telling me about his experiences in Vietnam. This made me realize how very brave and strong he was. Little did I know how those experiences would impact the rest of his life – both physically and mentally. But he always stayed strong and persevered. In addition to his strength and bravery, Mom always said Jim was a very generous person. He proved that during the last three years of mom’s life where he called her on a regular basis and helped her every month providing financial assistance for her care. Now his soul is carefree. He is reunited with Mom who once taught him how to walk and is now fitting him with wings. Godspeed my friend.

  • Art Torcello says:

    Dear Brenda, Edwin/Kim, James/Brandi, Peter/Belinda, Natasha, Bradley/Andrea, and Allen/MaryEllen:

    Thinking of you, with comforting love, as we celebrate Jim’s amazing life on earth and the eternal happiness with our Lord in Paradise.

    “When tomorrow starts without Jim…
    Please do not think you are far apart.
    Because for every time you think of him…
    He will be right there with you – in your heart.”

    May God bless you, walk with you and love you…
    Beautiful memories and thoughts from Las Vegas,
    Art and Paul

  • Brandi Tomaszewski says:

    You welcomed me, with open arms and an open heart, into your family. It has become quite clear, through the years, that the most important thing to you, without a doubt, was your family. I feel so blessed to be a part of that family and to have you as my father in law. I will miss you terribly. James. Jack. Shelby. We will all miss you terribly. I will miss your visits, our little family get togethers, making meals- you telling me not to make the meal- me doing it anyways- you raving about my cooking like a total sweetheart, watching my husbands face beam with love and pride when he looks at you and listens to your stories, and I think what I may miss the most… is watching you interact and play with Jack. It’s hard to know if Jack or Grandpa had a better time playing at Chuck E. Cheese. Thank you for being a supportive, generous dad and an amazing, loving grandpa. We all love you so.

  • Kimberly Cooper says:

    Dear sweet jim, I am so sorry to hear about your passing I am so very thankful that my daughter Charleigh was a light in your finale days. My heart aches for the whole family. May you rest in a peace 😇

  • Sharon Williams says:

    I am so sorry that I did not have the opportunity to Live closer to you and family but knowing that you was in wonderful and caring hands with Peter and Belinda and your loving wife Brenda brings joy to me, and I want to thank you for bringing up a wonderful Son that has made my daughter so happy in her life and bringing a beautiful grandchild to me and Brenda, fly high with those angels up there Jim for you are deeply missed down here

  • Peter Tomaszewski says:

    Dad,
    I miss you so much. I want to say “Thank You”, for being… our protector, for providing for us, for serving our country, for teaching us wisdom and patience, for being our comedian (bowling ball joke, hilarious dad), for passing down stories of grandpa and grandma, for carefully selecting a loving mother for your children, and for teaching us through your actions on how to be a gentlemen, for blessing me with best brothers and sisters one could ask for, for finding ways to keep your adult children together over the last 30 years (through your surgeries), for teaching us the “F” word = Family, for being our peacemaker, for teaching me how to fish, how to rebuild a motor, and how to fail and get back up again, for all of our adventures together, for your endearing mannerisms, for setting an example of what a good father should be, for always being there for me, for holding my hand, for being my… Dad. I will always love you. Your loving son -Peter- (3/8/2022)

  • Brenda tomaszewski says:

    Happy anniversary. 53 years. I miss you so much.

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