Thomas John Brossart was born January 25, 1943 in Rugby, N.D. to Nick and Magdalena (Voeller) Brossart. He grew up on his family’s farm in Pierce County. He was baptized and confirmed at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby.
He graduated from Rugby High School in 1961 and enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Washington, Okinawa and Thailand during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in July, 1965. He attended North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND, graduating in May, 1968.
Tom and Marsha Costello were married in Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby on Oct. 7, 1967. They made their first home in Cedar Rapids, IA and moved to Bottineau, ND in Sept 1968 when Tom began his 30-year career with NW Bell Telephone, US West & Qwest. Their two children, Christopher Jay and Carrie Ann, were born during their 17-year stay in Bottineau. Tom retired from Qwest in 1998 in Grand Forks, ND.
Tom served on the Board of Directors for both the Boy Scouts and Bottineau Winter Park Ski Area, and was a member of St. Mark’s Parish Church Council while living in Bottineau. He was also a former member of the Knights of Columbus and Eagles.
Tom instilled his love of the outdoors in his children. Together they enjoyed skiing, biking, hunting and spending time in nature. Tom’s passions were many, and whether he was enjoying the ski slopes in February or watching his garden grow in July, he did it with conviction and pride.
He was very proud of his three grandsons, Matthew, Nicholas and Luke, and enjoyed spending time with them in the garden, on the bike trails, and ski slopes.
Tom is survived by his wife, Marsha; his children, Chris of Sawyer, ND; Carrie (Paul Tobkin) of Detroit Lakes, MN; grandsons: Matthew, Nicholas and Luke Tobkin; his brothers Edward, Al and Nick, all of Rugby; his sisters: Lucille Massine and Ann Brossart, Minot; Viola Collins, Rugby, Betty Brossart, Devils Lake, and Marcelle Brossart, San Leandro, CA; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Tony, Daniel and Raymond, and sister Monica Levine.
Memorials in Tom’s memory can be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 3001 Metro Drive, Suite 100, Bloomington, MN 55425 or online at www.JDRF.org. Phone: 952-851-0770
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