Tommy R. Sursa, 74, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed away at 8:24 am April 17, 2022 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon.
He was born July 31, 1947 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to the late Edward L. and Edith (Culli) Sursa. Tommy married Mary Jane (Baltzell) Sursa on June 17, 1967.In addition to his loving wife of fifty-four years, Tommy is survived by his children, Stephanie Meyer and husband, Shane of Redmond, Washington, Mary Dawn Schantz and husband, Timothy of Newalla, Oklahoma, Wade Tomlin Sursa and wife, Katy of Mabelvale, Arkansas; grandchildren, Brooke Stock and husband, Joel, Britta Meyer, Bradley Schantz, Paxton Schantz, Christian Schantz, Emma Kate Sursa; brothers, Eddie W. (Sheila) Sursa of Corbin, Kentucky, Don Neal Sursa of East Peoria, Illinois; sister, Debbie Moser of Mount Vernon, Illinois; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.Tommy proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was an active member of Crossroads Church in Mount Vernon where he served in many capacities. Tommy had worked as a clerk for Illinois Central Railroad Car Shops in Centralia for many years. He loved to sing, read, and spend time with his family and friends. Tommy loved meeting new people and he never met a stranger. He will be greatly missed.
A Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 20, 2022 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Newell Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 11:00 am at Newell Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois with Dr. Andries van Schalkwyk officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois. Memorials may be made in Tommy’s honor to Crossroads Church or Down Syndrome Advancement Coalition.Call Newell Funeral Home at 618-246-0100 or visit newellfuneralhome.com for further information.