Thomas Muschitz was born on August 27th, 1939 in Solymár, Hungary.
Thomas emigrated from Hungary when he was five years old and settled in Vienna, Austria where he lived until he turned 19. In 1959 his family immigrated to Chicago. Thomas’ first job in the United States was hauling boxes of screws in a factory. He carried a pocket German-English dictionary everywhere he went as he was determined to learn the language and unlock more opportunities for himself. He transitioned into sales and continued to grow his business acumen. While working in the screw industry he met Sandra Holland, who he was married to for 57 fun-filled years. They started their family in Wheeling, IL and moved to Madison, WI in 1975. Thomas was a persistent, passionate business owner who believed in treating his employees and customers well. He was an innovative, forward-thinking leader who successfully transitioned his company from selling cash registers and adding machines to computers, and later software and network solutions. He successfully grew his company and lived out the American dream.
While an ambitious entrepreneur, Thomas simultaneously invested deeply in the vocation of fatherhood. He was a Boy Scout leader, soccer coach and never missed his kids’ events, even if he had to go back to the office after they were over. His enthusiasm for parenting translated seamlessly into his passion for being a grandpa and Opa. Even a cross-country road trip could not stop him from being available to teach a grandchild how to ride a bike, downhill ski, or play a 78th game of Uno. He was present, patient and a favorite of all children.
Thomas was grateful for every meal cooked for him. He loved soccer, golf, mountains, a long drive on a beautiful day, his wife’s rhubarb cobbler, Lena’s apricot dumplings, rye bread, one singular beer an evening, the afternoon sunshine, and traveling. He had a content spirit that reminded all who encountered him that the best things in life could not be purchased.
Above all else, Thomas was an extraordinarily kind human. He never spoke poorly of others, freely offered grace, and always assumed good intent. Thomas believed in giving freely and being generous with all he had. He was known for speaking calmly and thoughtfully, with a glimmer in his eye and a smile on his face, and always offering words of support, encouragement and wisdom. No one in his life ever doubted that they were deeply loved and fully supported by him.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Sandra Muschitz, his son, Thomas L. Muschitz, his daughter, Donna (Greg) Jolly, his grandchildren Marie, Maya, Thomas E., Mason, Bela, and his great-granddaughter Amelia as well as his sister Magdalena Pisciotta and many beloved nieces, nephews and other family.
Thomas is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Barbara Muschitz, his “brother”, Uncle Stefan Muschitz and Frank (Katie) Muschitz.
Visitation will occur on Saturday, June 3rd from 10 am to 12:30 pm. A memorial service will begin at 12:30 pm followed by a burial. Please join us at Cress Funeral Home at 3610 Speedway Road in Madison. Memorial donations can be made to Easter Seals Wisconsin or a charity of your choice.