Life Story / Obituary
Thomas C. VanOost, age 69, passed away at Aurora Medical Center, Mt. Pleasant, Monday, October 9, 2023, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Chicago, April 7, 1954, son of Morris and Dolores (Nee: Cole) VanOost.
On January 12, 1980, Thomas was united in marriage to Yolanda Suhajda in Skokie, IL. He was employed as an IT Engineer at JBT Corporation for many years until his retirement in 2016. Tom was a member of the Moose Lodge, a Star Trekkie and an avid Packer and Cub fan. He will forever be remembered for his culinary grilling skills, his creative instant “fix it” projects with duct tape,velcro, zip ties and staples. Above all it was time spent with his family that he cherished most.
He was loved dearly and will be sadly missed by his wife, Yolanda, of forty-three years; children, Tommy Jr. (Stacy) VanOost, Rocky (Elizabeth) VanOost; grandson, Ronan; Mother, Dolores VanOost; brothers: Timothy (Mary) VanOost, Robert (Anne) VanOost, Daniel (Randy Wardon) VanOost; brother-in-law, Arthur Jr. (Denise) Suhajda; nieces, nephews other relatives and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Morris VanOost, his father and mother-in-law, Arthur and Yolanda Suhajda and brother-in-law, Joseph (Carole) Suhajda.
A Funeral Service celebrating Tom’s life will be held at the funeral home, 11:30 am, Thursday, October 19, 2023. Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with the family for visitation Thursday, 10:00 until time of service at the funeral home. Interment will be held Friday, October 20, 2023, at Windridge Memorial Park, Cary, IL.