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Thomas Adam Leihenseder

THOMAS ADAM LEIHENSEDER age 56, beloved husband for 24 years of Christina “Chris” (nee Varga); loving father of Russell Wilson and Jessica (partner Brendan King); devoted grandfather of Anthony and Tina Patterson; raised by his late grandparents Betty and Teddy; son of Thomas and the late Kathleen (nee Baker); dearest brother of Corey and brother-in-law of Scott Varga; cherished nephew, cousin, uncle and friend of many; Also survived by several of his beloved pets.

Thomas was born on October 1, 1962 in Cleveland and passed away on November 25, 2018. He was resident of Eastlake for the past 15 years and previously Euclid for 7 years with his wife Chris. Thomas graduated from St. Joseph Highschool and proudly worked at Detroit Auto Parts as a salesman. He also worked at Car Parts Warehouse as a manager and various auto stores throughout his life. Thomas greatly enjoyed working on cars since he was 15 years old. He also enjoyed watching football and never gave up hope on the Cleveland Browns. Thomas listened to all types of music but loved Led Zeppelin. He was very close with his family and cherished the time spent with his wife, daughter, and son. Thomas had the biggest, friendliest heart, and had a great sense of humor. He did not have an enemy in the world and was friends with everyone. Thomas would do anything for his family and dearly loved all his pets. He was great with cats, some might even call him a “cat whisperer.” Thomas also collected lion related items. He will be greatly missed by all.

Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Thomas at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) FRIDAY 12-2 & 5-8 PM, with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at 8PM.


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  1. My heart is broken

    • Tom and I had a great working relationship. I’m a regular customer at Detroit Auto and every single time Tom took great care of me, even when I ordered the wrong part. He always referred to me as Kevin and the Boy,( being a single dad and always having my son ) Tom always greet us both. Tom will truly be missed. Prayers goes out to his family and friends

  2. Very sorry for your loss, Deeply saddened , God Bless.

  3. Betty Ferkul Carovac

    Our Deepest condolences to you Chris, Jessica and Russell.
    Betty(Ferkul) Carovac and Moma Ferkul

  4. Chris, Russell and Jessica, I am so sorry about Tommy’s passing. I am sending prayers and love to you all. God Bless, Robin ❤

  5. Jeffrey Leihenseder

    This breaks my Heart,you know Skippy was like my brother,I am so sorry for your loss,Cris,Jessica, Russell, Tom sr.
    I don’t know if I can ever eat pasta salad again……
    It was kind of our thing.
    Love and sincerest thoughts
    Jeff Leihenseder and family

  6. To Tommy’s family, while we have not been properly introduced, I have been Tom’s co-worker over the past three month’s. He had always helped me when he knew I was clueless. He had a unique way of conveying his brand of humor ! He would speak to me , very deadpan or British, make you think , walk away, and then I would start laughing ! While many people enter and exit our lives, some quicker than others, Tommy is one man I will never forget and cherish the opportunity to have met, worked with, and shared some off-time with. Thank You ! Gene King and Pamela Rife .

  7. Lisa Schmuck and Charles P Meadows

    Chris, Russell and Jessica, Please accept our deepest condolences for your family’s loss.
    Our love and prays are with you and your family and may you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Love Lisa and Charles

  8. Rose Ferkul-Boggess

    So sorry for your loss
    Prayers sent for all

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. I am shocked by the news of his death. My prayers are with his whole family. God Bless

  10. To Tom’s family
    My deepest condolences for your loss. Tom was a very good friend whom I met at his place of employment and always stopped in to check on him and have a few laughs like only Tom does. My heart is destroyed right now because I just spoke with him and laughed earlier on Saturday and as always he said see you later bud! I’m going to miss that guy and I will keep you all in my prayers! May god be with you during this time.
    God bless!!

  11. I am so sorry, to hear about Tom, he was a pleasure to work with, and a gentle man. So sorry for your loss. Joe

  12. So Sorry Chris,,Russell,,Jessica,,My Heart Goes Out To You All & Toms Family,,,,,,,,YEAH YEAH.

  13. To Tom’s family,
    So sorry, we knew each other thru work and I had fun with him. He will be missed.

  14. Totally shocked! Loved Tom.Great guy,good employee. Turned me in to a Zepplin fan. Tom had a great arm playing quarterback , back in the day.Tears came to my eyes immediately when I got this news today.

  15. Julie Ann Klingbeil

    Very sadden to hear this untimely news about Tom. No words can make ease the pain, only time can help and alot of prayer. His memory will always stay strong in you, but the pain will lessen as the years go by. You will be able to smile when you think of him and cry alittle less each day. Keep strong Chris and Jessica and Russell. Luv Julie, Danielle and Kevin

  16. We are so sorry to hear of his passing We have dealt with him for years he was a true professional I mean professional . we will truly miss him and we give condolences to his family and friends .Bobby and Eric Reynolds from Bella Motors.

  17. This is his friend Larry I bought the regal from him many years ago and we have always remained friends I only bought car parts from him sense I wan 19 yrs old and I am now 36 years old he will be missed a great deal and never forgotten my condolences!

  18. I am so sorry for your loss..Chris, Jessica and Russell. Tommy was the kindest person I have ever met. He was a great friend. He loved music .I always told him he should have been a musician. There is one hell of a great rock and roll band in heaven Tommy. I hope you get to meet John Bonham. I will miss you dearly. You always gave me good advice and your words helped me get through the loss of my son. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you rest in peace my friend. Your friend Kimmie

  19. Michael Sebastian

    My heart is broken and still in shock tommy and I went to Highschool together and graduated the same year we stayed in touch over the years as he worked different part stores he was a great friend and went out of his way for anybody that needed help he will be truly missed my deepest sympathies to your family Rest In Peace my friend

  20. I worked with Thom in 2003.he hired me at parts pro automotive.he always treated me with kindness.i hope this scripture brings the family speaks about comfort.2co 1:3,4

  21. David, Katrine, Jonathan and Mathena

    ❤❤❤❤❤Love the Rush’s

  22. Though i didnt know Tom well I consider him a friend. Andrew and will always rememder and surely speak of fondly. Knowing Tom was a gift

  23. Chris and Family
    I was so saddened to hear the news about Tom/your dad. There are no words.
    I am keeping you all close in thought and prayer.
    Chris if there is ever anything I can do or if you just need a friend to talk to, I am just a phone call away.

    He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4 NIV

  24. Frank Ignazzitto

    To Toms family and friends,
    So sorry for your loss .
    I knew Tom from Detroit Auto . We hit it off from the moment I stepped in the store and ordered some parts for a vintage Pontiac.
    We shared many stories amd photos of cars.
    Tom was real friendly and helpful and I mever asked for anyone else when I needed something.

    Wish I knew him longer as I believe we would have had a great friendship.

    Stay strong!!’

  25. Chris,
    My deepest sympathy for your loss. I’m sure your pain cannot be lessened by mere words, but hopefully you will get some small comfort in knowing that others care. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  26. My husband sent me to Detroit Auto parts today to pick up a part for him,
    I don’t know much about car parts so I feel a little uncomfortable going alone…I was praying that Tom would wait on me. It was then I found out he passed away..
    Strange how a guy at a auto parts store could have such a impact on your life that your feeling sad
    He was so funny and so nice…I am sure many customers miss him..
    Sending my condolence to his wife and children

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