Thomas W. Kraus

Thomas W. Kraus, 75, Lifelong resident of Norwood, entered into eternal life on Thursday, December 31, 2020. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 49 years, Marcella (nee Student). Cherished father of Thomas, Jr. (Jennifer), Jennifer Rossi (Glenn), Michael (Amanda) and Janet Gaskill (Christopher). Proud and loving Pop to Kirstie, Courtney (Matt), Nicole (Bryson), Thomas III, Adeline, Henry, Maria, Christopher and Anna Rose. He is predeceased by his parents Joseph and Mildred, and his brother Joseph. Cherished by many nieces, nephews, and other family members.  Tom leaves behind a lifelong list of heartbroken friends.

Tom was an active parishioner and trustee of Immaculate Conception Church, Norwood. He served his beloved community as a member of the Norwood Police Department for 34 years, retiring a Lieutenant and enjoying life since 2000. A true blessing from above, he gave his all to all. Tom was a kind and gentle man, never looking for anything in return.

A celebration of his life and internment at Tappan Cemetery, Tappan, NY, under the direction of Pizzi Funeral Home, will be held at a future date. With a heartfelt thank you to all who have supported my family and I through this heartbreaking tragedy, until we meet again, be kind and be safe.

Donations in his memory would be appreciated to Hugs for Brady Foundation (childhood cancer), 4 Quentin Road, Kendall Park, NJ 08824 or Covenant House, 550 10th Avenue, NY, NY 10018.


  1. Rest easy …
    your family has truly lost a kind man.
    Condolences and love,
    Sarah,Faith and Lucas Hoffmann

  2. To the neighbor who always made me feel welcome, I’ll miss you.

  3. Linda and Bob Brenzel

    We were saddened to hear of Toms passing. He was great friend when we lived in Norwood. We send our condolances to his wife and all his children and grandchildren

  4. I am truly Heartbroken. Tom did something for me that turned my life around for the better many years ago. I donot think i ever thanked him . I don’t think he knew his actions and words that day were the spark of change for me. THANK YOU ! Tom.
    Tom always had a wave, a smile, always came over to talk, always asking about the well being of My parents and family and my parents and family always asked about his well being. He was part of our lives and always will be remembered. A GREAT GUY.

  5. I am shocked & very sad to hear about Tom’s passing. He loved his family & gave so much to so many. He will be greatly missed.

    • Vincent St Angelo

      Tom was a class act, had the privilege of knowing since 1983. Always had your back. Good memories of getting together for coffee on the midnight shifts. My prayers and condolences to his wife and family. Rest In Peace, Lt.

  6. Tommy was just a great guy. He saved me on an ambulance call once when things went bad. Always had a smile. Norwood is a better place because he was here.

  7. RIP my good friend.. We will meet again with John, Mike, Todd and Ellen.. I’ll bring a cold one….

  8. Perry Buongiorno

    Sorry about Tom’s passing. Working with him for 16 years he remained consistent. You always knew what to expect. I’ll never forget his lesson on how to make a perfect hot chocolate. Always helpful and a pleasure to work with. Will miss seeing him around. Thoughts and prayers to Marci, all the children and grandchildren.

  9. The Mrnarevic Family

    We are incredibly saddened and heartbroken to hear about the passing of our long time neighbor and friend. We send our deepest condolences to his wife, children and grandchildren. Norwood has lost a truly great man. Mills Ave will NEVER be the same. Rest In Peace, Tom
    Nicholas, Joseph, Pavo and Elvira

  10. Marcy, ❤️
    Jerry & I are very sad to hear of the passing of your husband, he was a good man,very kind and loving to all he met, We are very happy to be part of the Kraus family, again we are saddened
    God bless your entire family ,
    Jerry & Sheila Ferguson

  11. Cathy Lewis-Coniglio

    Dear, Marci and family,
    I am deeply saddened and heartbroken for all. Sending prayers for comfort and strength. ❤️

    Cathy Lewis-Coniglio

  12. christian stenerson

    Tom was a great Man, he mentored many youth from Norwood. He will be missed by so many. God bless

  13. Cynthia McSweeney

    Tom was a great man and always served our community. Thank you for all your years of service. You will be missed. Our condolences to all his family.
    Tom and Cindi McSweeney

  14. I am so very saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. The friendship we all shared when we lived in Norwood has never been forgotten. Marci, I pray that the God’s loving arms will hold you close in the difficult days ahead and His grace and mercy will comfort you and give you peace. A tearful goodbye to Tom here on earth but a joyful welcome for him in Heaven. My deepest sympathy.

  15. God bless the Kraus family during the loss of such a wonderful man. Such a gentle and kind person that gave so much to so many. Rest In Peace. Definitely an angel watching over his family from heaven.

  16. Lynn Contant Fass

    To Tommy’s family,
    with fond memories of days past, may your loved one rest now.

  17. To Tom’s family-very very sorry to hear of his passing. What a thoroughly decent, helpful person-which was very apparent from the first meeting. It was an honor to spend time with a person who was obviously so helpfully dedicated to his family and community. It was wonderful to be exposed to his insight and perception of what is truly important in life-love and dedication to helping others. He will be missed terribly.

    With love and respect Joe Fitzgerald

  18. Julie Gallaghet

    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Tom Kraus. He was one of the best police office in Norwood. He was also a very nice person. I will miss seeing him around town. God Bless The Kraus Family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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