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Thomas  Grikstas

Thomas Grikstas

July 17, 2018

Tom Grikstas, age 64, of Altoona Wisconsin, passed away at Prairie Point Rehabilitation Center on July 17, 2018 after a long illness.

Tom was born in Leavnworth, Kansas, on February 7, 1954, to Alda and Leo Grikstas. Tom graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1972. He received a degree in Forestry Management from State University of NY, at Morrisville. He married Denise (Cherry) Grikstas on November 21, 1987 in Rome, NY.

Tom was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved all things outdoors.  He loved the 9 years that he lived in Colorado with his wife and son, Andrew.  With the move in 1999, to Eau Claire, he was a wonderful stay at home dad and loved to take Andrew and his friends Motocross riding, or in the boat fishing. He will be missed so much by his family and close friends in New York, Colorado and Wisconsin.

Tom is survived by his wife, Denise of 30 years; his son, Andrew of MN; his Sisters, Karen (Kevin) of Cambridge, WI and Anita of Utica, NY; and brother Paul of Victor, ID..

He was preceded in death by his mother and father. 

The family wishes to thank St. Joseph’s Hospice Care,(Stacy) and the Nurses and CNAs at Grace Lutheran Communities, ( Prairie Point) for all the care and compassion shown Tom during his final days.

Per Toms wishes, there will be a private burial at a later date.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services of Altoona is serving the family.



Private family services will be held at later date.

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  • Daria Daria Denise, Andrew, Karen and Paul
    So sorry for your loss. Sending you lots of love and healing energy during this difficult time.
    Peace and Love

    July 22 at 8:13pm

  • Patricia Farrell Denise and family words can not express your love, dedication and loyalty you have displayed these past months. Tom is now at peace and on a new journey of nature. Peace be with You and your family. Prayers and Hugs

    July 22 at 10:21am

  • bethann seng Denise
    Even though we have lost touch since our Colorado years, the memories never faded. I remember the Tom on the night Andrew was born and knew he would be a great Dad. Remember you were blessed with 30 years of a caring husband. My prayers are with you and Andrew, may your fond memories of your life together ease the pain and grief.

    July 22 at 7:38am

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