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Thomas S. Chirkot, Ph.D, P.E.

Wednesday, September 7, 1955Monday, June 11, 2018

Thomas S. Chirkot, Ph.D, P.E., 62, a resident of Swoyersville, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 11, 2018, at his home.

His loving wife is Wanda M. (Vnuk) Chirkot. Tom and Wanda would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on October 7th.

Born on September 07, 1955, in Kingston, Thomas was the only son of the late Thomas and Mary (Banas) Chirkot.

Raised in Plymouth, Tom was a graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School, Class of 1973. He went on to further his education at Bloomsburg University where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, and Wilkes University where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He then went on to receive his Master of Science Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Scranton; his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio; and took additional courses to attain his accreditation as a Professional Engineer of Electrical Engineering.

Tom was currently employed as a General Manager for Hebeler LLC, Tonawanda, New York, formerly Patterson-Kelley, and was recently appointed to serve on the company’s Board of Directors.

A U.S. Patent holder and published author, Tom patented an apparatus for continuous blending of pharmaceuticals, and his knowledge and expertise led him to contribute to text books and write editorials for various pharmaceutical publications.

Tom was a member of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville, and a past member of the former Holy Name/Saint Mary’s Parish Community, Swoyersville.

A longstanding member of the Y.M.C.A. in Wilkes-Barre, Tom was an avid weight lifter and runner.

One of Tom’s greatest enjoyments in life was traveling with his family. Together, they were blessed to travel to various places throughout the world. He was also a great fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Penn State Nittany Lions, and the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Although his presence will be missed beyond measure, Tom will forever be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, dad, and grandpa.

In addition to his wife, Wanda, Tom is survived by his beloved children, Thomas S. Chirkot Jr., Forty Fort; and Marisa Lewis and her husband, Steve, Pittston; his granddaughter and light of his life, Hazel Lewis; his brother-in-law, Frank Vnuk and his wife, Judi, Plymouth; his nieces, nephews, friends, and colleagues; and his faithful companion, his dog, Fergus.

Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral which will be conducted on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 9:30 AM from the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 AM in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes Street, Swoyersville, with the Reverend Joseph J. Pisaneschi, his Pastor, officiating.

Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Cemetery, Swoyersville.

Family and Friends are invited to call on Friday, June 15, 2018, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, at the funeral home.

For additional information or to send the Chirkot family a message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home’s website,, or Facebook page.


Service Date
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 10:00am

A viewing for Tom will be held on Friday, June 14, 2018, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, at the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort.

The funeral service will begin on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 9:30 AM at the funeral home. Those relatives and friends who will be joining in the funeral procession are asked to assemble at the funeral home between 8:45 and 9:00 AM on Saturday morning.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 AM at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes Street, Swoyersville. The Reverend Joseph J. Pisaneschi, Pastor, will serve as celebrant.  

Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Cemetery, Swoyersville.

Following the Service, the family would like all those in attendance to join them for a luncheon. Details will be announced at the cemetery.



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I am very sorry for the loss of Dr. Tom. I have only known him a short while since he began working with us at Hebeler, but his spirit was always so vibrant every time I had the opportunity to work with him. He was a great asset to this world, and will be greatly missed. Melissa Snyder
My deepest condolences to all in the Chirkot family and their loved ones. You are all in our prayers. Sincerely, Lisa
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We knew Dr. Tom from HARSCO Patterson-Kelley. He will always be with you and remember to celebrate his life. Debbie & Lester Miller
I met Tom in 2010 when Buflovak was considering purchasing the Patterson Kelley product line. After meeting with Tom I knew we would not be able to succeed without him. I had the pleasure of working with Tom for six years and admired his vast knowledge and commitment to his profession. He will truly be missed. Michael Bieger
Wanda, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. I know you must be devastated. I remember you speaking so lovingly of your Tom on several occasions. My prayers are with you and your family. Sue Androckitis
I have been blessed to know Dr. Tom for twenty years. We traveled together extensively for business and I loved watching the excited faces of the people meeting him for the first time. He was known throughout the industry as brilliant, creative, fun loving and always humble. Dr. Tom was one of my closest friends and I will forever cherish every moment we shared. Salute Dr. Tom! I love and miss you my friend. Sharon Sheridan
Dear Wanda and family, We just learned of Tom's untimely passing and are so, so sorry for your loss. He was such a great guy and I have great memories of our days playing baseball together. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Ray and Corinne Zavada

It was really nice to be able to handle everything in one place.