Thomas Allan Feia
October 03, 1957 ‒ January 02, 2020
Mansfield: Thomas Allan Feia passed away at 62 years old on January 2, 2020, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born October 3, 1957, to Jack and Roslyn Feia. His father preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Beth, and his two children, Jacob and Grace; his mother Roslyn Feia; step mother Kathleen Feia; sisters Shelli Knopik, Christy Pahkala, Mary Feia-Johnson, Annie Bromenschenkel, Candie Koehn, Beth Nichols, and Julie Feia. They mourn the loss of Tom as does Beth’s extended family, the Netherys.
Tom grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the only brother among seven sisters. He learned many skills at his father’s side which made him capable of fixing almost anything. And like his father who played the saxophone, he was an accomplished clarinetist. Tom attended both The University of Minnesota and Concordia College in Michigan, earning a degree in Human Resource Management.
The hallmark of Tom’s life was his faith in Jesus Christ, his Savior. He came into the fullness of faith at the age of 20 and moved to Michigan to be a part of an ecumenical Christian community called The Word of God. There he learned to live a life devoted to Jesus and to build strong bonds of friendship with other Christians who shared his dedication to living the Christian life well. During his 20s, Tom lived with Mike and Joan Guenther and their family. They were very dear to his heart, and he learned a great deal from them regarding faith and family. In Michigan he met his wife, Beth, at a Christian publishing company where they both worked. Together they raised two wonderful children, Jacob and Grace. In 1997, they moved to Mansfield, Ohio, where Beth’s family is located.
As a Catholic, Tom attended St. Peter’s Parish in Mansfield where for many years he helped to lead music in the ensemble. He loved serving his church by singing; his beautiful, rich, and strong voice blessed many. He treasured the sense of community he had at St. Peter’s as well as the community of believers at Grace Fellowship Church where he also attended with Beth. His devotion to God and his commitment to the Catholic Church was the bedrock of his life. As a prolific reader and deep thinker, he enjoyed reading books that enlightened him in matters of faith and theology. Eager to talk about what he was learning, he had many rousing discussions with friends with the intent of building bonds of unity and faith.
As a father to Jacob and Grace, Tom was a great example to them of what it means to be a man after God’s heart. He expressed his love to his family by working hard for them at his job with New Life Service Company, working alongside two brothers in Christ whom he dearly loved. He prayed daily for the well-being of his children, and his heart was tender toward them always wanting the best for them. As a husband to Beth, he devoted himself to supporting her in all her endeavors, loving her unconditionally, and serving her practically in so many ways. He was faithful and humble, not thinking a lot about himself but more about others he loved.
A master at crossword puzzles, Jeopardy, Scrabble, and Words with Friends, Tom enjoyed games. If you took on any game with him, you got a run for your money. Only Grace could beat him at cribbage and Dutch Blitz. He loved to play golf most of all and was constantly trying to improve his game. He spent summers at Kelly’s driving range practicing his swing and teaching others. He would golf in rain, sleet, and snow.
Tom was a content person. He bloomed where he was planted. He was the kind of man who would step up and pull through for others. His amazing sense of humor made him able to tell a great joke to the delight of those around him. He will be missed so much.
Through Tom’s battle with cancer, Tom’s family was cared for by many with meals, visits, transportation to the James Cancer Hospital, cleaning, financial gifts, cards, prayer, and many acts of kindness and service. These people were truly God’s hands and heart for their brother and his family. His family is profoundly thankful for all those who loved and served them through the difficult days of illness.
Calling hours will be Thursday, January 16, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Grace Fellowship Church, 365 Straub Road East, Mansfield, Ohio. Funeral Mass will be Friday, January 17, at 11a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 104 West 1st Street, Mansfield, Ohio. Father Jeremy Miller will officiate and burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery. A luncheon at St. Peter’s Franciscan Center (across the street from the church) will be served immediately following the burial, and we welcome you to come to this as well.
The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Feia family.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Feia Family Educational Fund may be made through the funeral home (please make checks payable to Beth Feia).
“No eye has seen nor ear heard nor has it entered the mind of man what God has ready for those who love Him.”
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