Thomas E. Rowe, Sr. — Rochester
A memorial Mass for Thomas E. Rowe, Sr., 73, of Rochester, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at Pax Christi Catholic Church.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Thomas Eugene Rowe was born May 30, 1940, in Bradford, Ill., to Lawrence and Mary (Debolt) Rowe. He died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at Golden Living Center East in Rochester.
Thomas grew up in Henry, Ill., and graduated from Henry High School in 1958. He attended DeVry Technical in Chicago and worked in McHenry, Ill., and then in Chicago for SRA. He married Katherine Sharkey on May 12, 1962, in Bradford, Ill. They moved to Rochester in 1969 where he worked for IBM, retiring in 1992. Thomas and Katherine wintered in Arizona.
Thomas was a member of the IBM Retirees and enjoyed woodcarving. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed the Northern Hills and Eastwood golf courses.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine of Rochester; two sons, Thomas Eugene Rowe, Jr. of Rochester and Jeffrey (Amy) Rowe of Rosemount; one daughter, Marianne (Gary) Steichen of Sartell; six grandchildren, Kathryn, Kelly, Doug, Ellie, Samantha and Victoria; three brothers and one sister.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Janice.
Memorials can be directed to the American Diabetes Association.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901, 507-289-3600, ranfranzandvinefh.com .