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    Tom J. Wirth
    May 29, 1938 - December 30, 2018

    Tom J. Wirth

    Tom J. Wirth
    May 29, 1938 - Dec 30, 2018

    Tom J. Wirth
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    Tom J. Wirth, 80, of Elwood, Iowa, passed away on Sunday evening, December 30, 2018, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

    A celebration of Tom's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, January 4, 2019, at the Elwood United Methodist Church in Elwood, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, January 3, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A private family burial will be held at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

    Tomme Joe "Tom" Wirth was born on May 29, 1938 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to John Alexander and Clara (Peet) Wirth. He was a 1956 graduate of Elwood High School and then attended one year of college in Fairfield, Iowa. He married Janet Kaszinski on June 20, 1959 in Welton, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Pam and Jane. Janet preceded him in death on October 11, 1998. He later married Carol Wolter Benton on November 10, 2000 in Dubuque, Iowa.

    Tom farmed in the Elwood area his whole life. In retirement, he worked seasonally for River Valley Coop until becoming ill in October of 2018.

    Tom was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church. He enjoyed having coffee with friends, reading, playing cards, and traveling. He was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs. He especially loved his job with the Coop and visiting with the farmers.

    Those left to honor Tom's memory include his wife, Carol Wirth of Elwood, IA; daughters, Pam (Joe) Loschiavo of Port Jefferson, NY, and Jane (Chris) Samec of Bettendorf, IA; step-children, Bill Benton of Durant, IA, Brett (Jackie) Benton of Phoenix, AZ, and Darcie (Paul) Sly of St. Louis, MO; 4 grandchildren, Christine (Ryan) Sammy, Shannon (Frank) Siegel, TJ Wold and Ellie Samec; 5 step-grandchildren, Alex Benton, Cami Benton, Katie Benton, Lydia Sheehan and Harlan Sheehan; and 4 great-grandchildren, Gavin, Clara, Callum and Jackson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Janet.

    In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Elwood United Methodist Church or the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.

    Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.


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    Richard and Joann McMahon on Jan 3, 2019

    CandlePam, Jane and famiies.....
    We are sorry to hear of your dad's passing. As we are not going to be able to be there, please know we are sending sympathy and hugs to all.

    Molly Sly on Jan 3, 2019

    Sweet Carol and Darcie,
    My heart is aching with you and for you. I am so so sorry. I feel really lucky to have met Tube, who I know you both loved so dearly. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know these things are never easy,but maybe it is nice to know that you have an amazing guardian angel to help guide you through. Love you lots.

    Karhleen Connell on Jan 3, 2019

    My deepest sympathies to Tom’s family. You all are in my prayers.

    Carson on Jan 3, 2019


    Danny Sly on Jan 3, 2019

    Carol, Darcie, Family & Friends,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Tube was so great and always welcomed everyone with open arms. I am so grateful that I was able to meet tube and spend time with him. He was an incredible person and was so kind. I am praying for all of you during these hard times. I love you all.
    Danny Sly

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    Maggie Sly Lindner on Jan 2, 2019

    Carol, Darcie, and Family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your dear Tube. He was an amazing man who will be deeply missed. We will always remember his gentle smile and kind nature- he was a really special guy. Kyle and I are sending you lots of love and prayers during this difficult time. We love you.
    Maggie and Kyle

    Lee and Pat Wirth on Jan 2, 2019

    We are sorry to hear of Tom’s passing, and sad we can not attend his services. Tom and I grew up only a mile apart, and he was like a brother to our whole family. We will miss him

    Lee & Pat Wirth

    Jim House on Jan 2, 2019

    A great guy with a ready smile and a great sense of humor! Let us not forget his sweet baseline jump shot.

    Jill Walton on Jan 2, 2019

    Oh Tubers...you will be greatly missed. I am so lucky I got to meet you and share a few laughs. Carol, Pam and my dear Jane please find your memories will help ease the loss of this great man. Prayers and hugs.

    Judy Bowling on Jan 2, 2019

    Tom "Tube" will be greatly missed but his warmth, kindness, and gentle spirit will be remembered forever.

    Traute(Kinkel-Klaus) &Dr.Klaus-Peter Braun on Jan 2, 2019

    We are very sad to hear that Tom has passed away.
    We remember him and his wife well,when they have visit us in Germany and our visit on his farm.Our deepest condolences Traute (Kinkel-Klaus) and Dr.klaus-Peter Braun Überlingen Germany ,auf dem Stein 26.

    Terre Herkelman on Jan 1, 2019

    Sorry for your loss! Have so many good memories of Tom! Terre and Judy Herkelman

    Your Name Jackie Benton on Jan 1, 2019

    Carol, We will all miss Tube so much. I wish he could still be with us, but I'm thankful you had each other for these last 18 years. We will always remember our times together in Arizona and Iowa. Thank you for all you did for him, especially in the last two months. We know it wasn't easy for you. Alex and Cami send their thoughts and prayers to you and Brett and I will be there soon. Take care and get some rest.

    Jackie Benton on Jan 1, 2019

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    Kerstin on Jan 1, 2019

    Dear Pam, Jane and Carol, I'm so sorry to hear that Tom has passed away. I still have many great memories of my stay on your farm - ever though it's a long time ago!
    I will keep him in my heart! Love... Kerstin and family

    Joyce Paarmann Polka on Jan 1, 2019

    I am sorry I cannot be with you. My thoughts, prayers, and memories will always be with you, Carol.

    Lori Benischek on Jan 1, 2019

    CandleSo sorry to hear of your loss, keeping you all in my prayers.

    Tracy Lynne Benton on Dec 31, 2018

    CandleA good heart has stopped beating, but a heart that has touched so many lives can’t help but live on in those it loved.

    All my love to you, Aunt Carol. And to the entire family.

    Barb on Dec 31, 2018

    My heart is heavy and my eyes are full of tears such a wonderful man. Heaven gained an angel Rip Tom I will always remember you. My thoughts an prayers go out to all of you.

    Lisa Hansen Cunningham on Dec 31, 2018

    CandleMy deepest condolences.
    Lisa Hansen Cunningham

    Janet House Burnett on Dec 31, 2018

    So sorry to hear about Tom, he was a great guy, will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    Wayne & Barbara on Dec 31, 2018

    Carol, Jane and family. You have our deepest sympathy. We are out of state and can't be there personally but will keep you in our prayers. Wayne & Barbaea Mayberry



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    318 West Pleasant Street
    Maquoketa, Iowa 52060
    4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


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    1838 127th Street
    Elwood, Iowa 52226
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