Thomas Allan Feia

October 03, 1957 ‒ January 02, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

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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  • My sincerest condolences to you and your family during this time.

    May you and your family know God’s grace and mercy during this time.

  • Beth and Family, My heart hurts so right now as I know the grief you are experiencing and the road ahead. May God wrap His arms tightly around all of you and keep you close during this time. Keep moving forward….baby steps. Hugs, Lynn

  • Such a special man; blessed and loved deeply by his family and others. ♥️ May Jesus walk closely with you Beth, Jacob, and Grace.

  • Such a beautiful tribute to your husband, Your family was truly blessed and loved by him. Prayers for you and your two lovely children during this time of grieving, that the Lord will be your comfort!

  • Dear Beth,
    I have just read all about your husband and am touched by a life well lived with his Savior. We have no concerns for him anymore as his future is clear in Scripture, but those left behind are challenged. May all the challenges be faced with hope. Grieve fully but not without hope. I miss you and love you.

  • Much love and prayers for you all A wonderful life well lived and a loving family at grace fellowship church what a loving testimony for us all and i bet i know a super loving woman right there to meet him. love from my family to yours.

  • Psalm 116:15 reminds us that “precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints,” and though we are sad because Tom is not with us physically, our hearts are rejoicing because his pain is gone, he is whole and present with the LORD. A life well lived, a legacy of faith that lives on through you, Beth, Jacob and Grace, and we are blessed to have know such a man of faith. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, his family.
    Jerry and Linda Mathias

  • Beth, Tom brought light into a room. He laughed and he chided and he argued for his faith. He was a good man, a strong example, especially when manhood is being so challenged. May your memories give you strength.

  • Beth, I pray for you, Tom was has a powerful testimony, My prayer is for God’s richest blessing for you & your family.

  • Beth and family,
    God’s strength be mightily at this time. Tom’s legacy will exhault the name of the Lord for a very long time. Beautiful words and honor him as he lived his life for Jesus, family and friends. Prayers offered up for you all. Good memories 💜💜☦☦☦
    Beth Nunn and family

  • Beth, Jacob and Grace
    May you be comforted with wonderful memories and knowing that Tom has received his crown and lives in eternity.
    Love Steve and Shirley

  • Beth and family,
    We are sadden to hear of Tom’s death but are confident of his entering into his future with Christ. He waits for us now without pain and suffering.
    May God give you strength and peace as you go forward.
    Buddy and Judy Luster
    Athens, Tennessee

  • We will certainly miss Tom at 9:30 Mass. It was such a pleasure hearing him sing. He did us such an honor singing at our daughter’s funeral. They are both now singing with the Angels. May God be with you at this difficult time, as He was with us.

  • I am grateful for having known Tom over these past years and have been encouraged by his love and trust in Jesus. May God give you and your family His strength, grace, comfort and peace.

  • Hi Beth, I recently heard of Tom’s battle with cancer and the suffering that accompanies it. We are so incredibly sorry for your loss and for your kids’ loss of their Dad. I will always remember Tom’s joy, incredibly contagious laughter and his love for Christ. May God’s peace, presence and provision be near to you in this difficult time.
    In Him,
    Chris and Karin Ederer

  • Dear loved ones, in our weakness, He is strong. I pray the Father shows Himself strong to you and for you right now. Even in our pain, God is good. With much love, Andy and Marie Heininger family

  • Dear Beth,
    What a beautiful tribute written here. We’re grateful to have known Tom and to celebrate now the gift that he was. We appreciate the integrity with which Tom walked out his life with God, his passion to grapple with deep mysteries, his natural ability to tell a great joke with spot-on timing, and his readiness to laugh heartily. Probably the first words I ever heard Tom speak was at your wedding, where he shared your wedding-verse that, “the boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places” (Ps. 16:6). In Tom I saw a man that made choices to serve his family, in good times and dark times, with all that he was. But he also managed to find those things that gave him life within the “boundary lines” God set for him. He found a way to cultivate his talents and gifts (of which he had many) as well as a grateful spirit. Tom’s life speaks to me of God’s goodness, grace and glory. Mine and Jay’s hearts are breaking with yours. We are praying for you, Jacob and Grace in the journey that begins now. Our hearts are with you.
    With all our love in Jesus, Heather and Jay Shifley

  • Beth, our hearts are breaking for your loss in the amazing many Tom was. He will live on in the hearts of many for a very long time! You have been in my thoughts and prayers in the past month and now I know why. I will call you soon. So sorry I will not be able to make it for the funeral this Friday, but we will be with you in Spirit! Much love to you and your family.

  • To Toms family and friends. We have gotten to know him well over the years and his smile, laugh and the genuine man he was we will miss seeing twice a week. Our deepest sympathies to all who loved him. From all of us at Buffalo Wild Wings. 💜