Thomas John Breeggemann. Submitted photo
Thomas John Breeggemann. Submitted photo

On June 6, 2017, Thomas John Breeggemann, age 79, of Elmwood, WI, formerly of Marystown, joined his wife, Patricia Jean Breeggemann (nee Williams) in their eternal dance.

Tom's life was honored with a visitation on June 11at The Parish of Saints Joachim and Anne (Marystown). A visitation was held on June 13, from 4-8 p.m. and on June 14 one hour prior to a Mass of Christian Burial, at 11 a.m., all at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Elmwood, WI. Tom will be laid to rest at Farm Hill Cemetery, Elmwood WI. Pall bearers were sons, Ken, Luke, and Joe and grandsons Patrick, Collin, Mason, Logan, and Dodge. 

On September 28, 1937, Tom was welcomed by his parents Frank (Fritz) and Dorothy (Toots) at the Breeggemann homestead farm in Marystown MN. Tom was the second of nine children and grew up working on the farm with his family. He attended St Mary's Catholic school and earned his 8th grade diploma.

Tom's faith was a constant in his life as he learned from his parents and passed it down to his children and grandchildren. Tom used the opportunity of field work to find time in prayer and would pray the rosary as he planted. 

Tom continued to farm with his family and enjoyed three great loves in his life: his wife, his cows, and his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. 

Tom's passion from an early age and throughout his life was farming, specifically Registered Holsteins. Tom believed in the importance of choosing strong genetic lines and established Mellow-Brook Registered Holsteins in 1957 at the age of 20 to pursue those goals. Tom was very proud that his son Matthew and daughter Amy continue this quest and that his daughter Heather pursues this same goal with her Alpine Dairy Goats.

Tom's passion for farming included working to improve farming and he was active in NFO, MN Power, and Groundswell. Tom also proudly sponsored the Little Dairyman program at the Pierce County fair the last ten years in his effort to encourage the love of dairy farming in children.  

Tom's legacy on earth continues through his children: Amy (Dave) Bechel; Rebecca (Jude) Weix; Heather (Brian) Berg; Ken (Sara) Breeggemann; Connie (Jerid) Krueger; Paula Speith; Luke (Julie) Breeggemann; Matt (Tia Sampair) Breeggemann; Joe (Annette Kessler) Breeggemann; 34 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 7 siblings; 1 sister-in-law and many relatives and friends. 

He is joined in heaven by his wife Pat; grandson, Liam; parents; a brother and many friends and family. 

Ballard-Sunder Funeral Homes proud served and cared for the Breeggemann family. www.ballardsunderfuneral.com