Thomas Lorenc

Thomas Lorenc

Friday, January 25th, 1946 Tuesday, March 26th, 2024
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Obituary for Thomas J Lorenc

The family of Retired United States Air Force Veteran and Civil Engineer, Lt. Col. Thomas Joseph Lorenc is greatly saddened to announce that he passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at the age of 78 in Brick, New Jersey. He was born on January 25, 1946 to Casimir Lorenc and Jean Mackintosh in Paterson, New Jersey. Known as “Tom”, he grew up in Haskell, New Jersey where he spent his time playing outside with his younger brother, reading, and writing short illustrated stories. His love of learning and reading was so great that he even read the entire dictionary from beginning to end!

Tom attended Newark College of Engineering where he was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Chi Epsilon, and Tau Beta Pi national engineering honor societies and the Arnold Air Society for outstanding Air Force ROTC cadets. He was president of the college Newman Club in his junior year and graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering. It was during his time in the Newman Club that he met his future wife, Joan, at a Newman Club event at The College of Saint Elizabeth, so it was a good thing that his position as president of the club required him to attend!

Upon graduation, Tom was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force Reserves, eventually serving in Texas, Guam, and California in ever increasing management and design positions as a civil engineer and received two Air Force Commendation Medals.

Tom married, Joan, on April 19, 1969 in Saint Ann’s Roman Catholic Church. During this period of time, he was assigned to The University of Texas at Austin where he obtained a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering in 1971.

In 1973, Tom and his wife adopted their first child, Joseph. In order to attend to family and pursue a career in transportation engineering, Tom left active duty as a Captain to serve as an individual mobilization augmentee in the civil engineering squadron at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retiring due to illness. While at McGuire, he earned a second Master’s Degree, this one in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University by extension.

Family and management responsibilities continued to grow for Tom during these reserve years. He and his wife adopted their daughter, Clare, in 1976. Their daughter, Ann, was born in 1977, and they adopted their son, John, in 1980.

As his sons grew, Tom became active in Boy Scout Troop 51 as a committee member and religious awards coordinator. He served as charter committee chairman of Cub Scout Pack 51 and chartered organization representative to both units. Along with his sons, Tom also became a member of the Order of the Arrow.

With a love of trains since childhood, it was no surprise that Tom eventually worked at NJ Transit as a project manager. He traveled to Europe to study the train systems there and returned with suggestions on how to improve the Kearny Connection, one of his key projects. While he retired on disability prior to the project’s completion, he continued to follow up on it and attended the celebration afterwards. He also maintained a collection of N-gauge model trains which he would set up every year at the beginning of Advent around the Christmas tree and each year his family looked forward to going with him to the model stores to pick out new additions to the set-up.

A life-long learner, Tom enjoyed studying history, especially Ancient Rome, the American Wild West, the Civil War, and the World Wars. His favorite topic, however, was always Gettysburg and he could talk about it for hours on end. One of his favorite movies was ‘Gettysburg’ and he never tired of watching it as often as he could.

When it came to movies, Tom often had a habit of over-analyzing them and pointing out the parts that didn’t quite make sense. Some of his children would need to remind him: “Dad, you’re not supposed to be thinking about that! Just watch the movie!” Later, however, it was fun for them to start picking apart the movies with him.

Even after illness had affected his ability to continue working, Tom still remained active in the community. He served as a committee member of the EPVA-PVA and participated in the EPVA Games in Texas, Puerto Rico, and New York with his favorite event being bowling. He volunteered for over ten years with the spinal cord injury veteran’s group and often encouraged others to join in on the EPVA’s trips and events. He maintained a positive outlook that helped inspire others to also overcome their own obstacles.

Tom became involved with his local government as well. He served on the Lakewood ADA Committee where he used his degree in engineering to advocate for improvements in accessibility for people with disabilities. Anytime Tom entered a public building he would make notes about the potential issues that those in wheelchairs or with other physical limitations might face. He regularly contacted his congressmen on a number of issues and was especially passionate about the Right to Life.

A parishioner at Saint Mary of the Lake/Holy Family Parish (later Our Lady of Guadalupe), Tom was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 11527 serving as Advocate while a 3rd Degree Knight and later a member of Our Lady of Lourdes 4th Degree Knight Assembly. He regularly attended church and he helped run the group at Holy Family to have weekly Eucharistic Adoration until the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

Tom loved animals and used to always talk about his childhood dog, Pookie. He enjoyed playing with the family St. Bernard dog, Nana, and interacting with his son’s dogs when they came to visit. It always made him smile to have his granddaughter's pet gerbil, Angus, climb on his arm and shoulders. He would always include the family pets after his lists of people to bless after saying grace before meals.

Some of Tom’s daily activities included reading the newspaper, watching daily Mass, and saying the rosary and Divine Mercy chaplet. He also enjoyed watching the Yankees, Jepordy, Wheel of Fortune, and Death in Paradise along with various shows about history, nature, and engineering. 

Though he never played an instrument himself, Tom appreciated a variety of musical styles and enjoyed hearing his father, children, grandchildren, and other family members play their various instruments.

Tom loved his wife and children very much. He carefully saved all of the paper lunch bags that his children drew on and kept them safely put away where they could not be damaged. One of his habits was writing poems for all occasions and every card for his wife and children’s birthdays and special events always included a handwritten poem that he composed especially for them.

Tom is survived by his beloved wife, Joan, his children: John, Clare, and Ann, his six grandchildren, and his brother, Jim. He is predeceased by his parents: Casimir and Jean, and his son, Joe.

A viewing will be held on Friday, April 5th, from 4-7pm at O’Brien’s Funeral Home at 505 Burnt Tavern Road at Highway 70, Brick, New Jersey 08724. The funeral mass will be held at 9am on Saturday, April 6th, at The Church of Saint Martha, 3800 Herbertsville Road, Point Pleasant, New Jersey 08742 with a graveside service following at Saint Mary of the Lake Cemetery, One Honey Locust Dr., Lakewood, New Jersey 08701.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, 9th Ave & State St, PO Box 496, Skagway, AK 99840 (907) 983-2271. For information, directions, or condolence messages to the family, please visit


Joan and Tom Lorenc have been members of- St. Mary of the Lake community since 1976, when they purchased their home in Lakewood after moving from California. Tom had been offered a job with the New Jersey Department of Transportation after seven years of active- duty in the United States Air Force. He remained in the Reserve assigned to the McGuire AFB Civil Engineering Squadron.

Their family grew as the parish grew. Their oldest son, Joe, was adopted while Tom and Joan were serving on Guam. They adopted Clare and John after settling in Lakewood, and Ann was born to them as a surprise gift from God. When they first came to this community, they went to Mass either in the gym or the little white church. The red brick building was the school. A year before Joe began kindergarten, Holy Family School opened. Torn and Joan are strong supporters of Catholic education and participated in the pledge drive to build Holy Family School, Church, and Community Center. All of their children attended Holy Family School and went on to Catholic high school. Tom says, "To this day people stop to chat and recall when our children were added to our family and how they noticed us at church. We never gave it much thought, but now we see how remarkable it is that despite our different origins all our children were fully accepted into our extended family."

Today, Joe, an independent entrepreneur and Republican party Committeeman; and Ann, an artist and martial arts instructor; reside in N.J., while Clare and Brian, who is a Captain in the U S Marine Corp; have a home in North Carolina. John and Jackie have two lovely girls, ages three months, and twenty months, making Joan and Tom grandparents.

When Torn was working as a project manager at NJTransit and as a reservist, Joan was able to teach CCD and to stay home as the children grew, that is when not taking them to lessons such as, band, scouts, ballet, etc. The children loved Holy Family band. Joan became involved in Girl Scouting while Tom was involved in Boy Scouts. Both were on the Diocesan Committee on Scouting. Joan organized the first Community ·Girl Scout Mass in Lakewood and did religious awards. Tom followed her lead with similar programs for the boys.

Joan's career is her family. She is a Certified Elementary Teacher and has a Certificate  in Gerontology. Tom's career at NJTransit and with the Air Force came to an abrupt end when he was found to have a spinal cord tumor in his neck. That put him in a power wheelchair and made Joan a caregiver. This, however, did not stop either from participating in community life. Torn joined St. Mary of the Lake Council of the Knights of Columbus and Our Lady of Lourde"' Assembly of the 4 Degree. That makes Joan Lady Joan to Tom's Sir Knight. With Joan's help, Torn became a representative on several parish councils and both Joan and Tom have begun to serve on the Worship Council. Both enjoy Bible study and religious reading and are charter members of St. Mary's Divine Mercy Cenacle. They recently completed the Diocesan evangelization course, and Joan is completing the Formation Healing Ministry course. Ever the activist, Tom is a member of Lakewood's Americans with Disabilities Act Committee and communicates  with all levels of government, Diocese and parish on social issues, especially respect life.

The Lorencs realize that it is a challenge to be Catholic in 2007. People's lives are too busy with little time allotted for reflecting, listening, and meeting the great need to minister to people who are hurting. They believe that one of the biggest problems seems to be the breakup of families and not seeing God as merciful and loving, causing people to break away from the church.

Both Joan and Tom are strong believers in Eucharistic Adoration where you can spend quiet time with the Lord and listen. To them, Jesus is there if only you trust in Him and that where there is Adoration, parishes grow and are strengthened. They share devotion to the rosary, Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tom believes that out of these devotions springs a call to prayerful Catholic action in advocating Catholic positions with a community voice.

Joan believes that God has entrusted her with the talents of compassion, prayer, gentleness, listening, and being able to reach out to people. She uses these gifts when she takes the time and energy to talk and pray with people. When she was little, her mom taught her always to welcome new people, while her dad taught her always to do little things. Tom has gifts of writing and speaking, with keen interest in evangelization and apologetics.

The turning point in Joan's life was an automobile accident. She says, "My whole life was changed." The doctors said, "Here is the little girl who should not be here." She had to choose between life and death and she believes God guided her to choose life despite the struggles to come. Tom remembers kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament one day in his early teens and feeling a reassuring presence saying he will be guided in his life and not to worry.

Joan spends a lot of time on the phone reaching out to others. Tom has been in a wheelchair since 1992, and so she is sensitive to needs of people with disabilities. For over ten years, she and Tom ran "deli days" and arranged trips for Veterans at the Brick clinic who had spinal cord injuries.

Both Joan and Tom are able to say no to new tasks if, after discernment, they feel that they do not have the time and energy. Therefore you will not find Joan as a member of organizations or Tom as an officer in any organization. Participation is a team effort for Joan and Tom, rooted in trust and understanding of their 38-year marriage. - Bill Schlameuss

"There's a time and a place for everything. 11 "Waste not, want not.11 "Moderation in all things is the key."

Recently, as I sat thinking of another upcoming Mother's

Day without her, I thought of my Mom and her favorite savings.

A light bulb went off in my head! I realized the Holy

Spirit had given me another idea for a reflection.

Now that it's my turn to be the influence and role model for my family, I was thinking of what I had learned from my Mom. I may not have liked these sayings as a child, but as I've grown older, I realize there is wisdom in them.

I thought of yesterday as I was getting ready to take my 6-1/2 year old granddaughter and her 2-year old brother home to Mommy, I decided to attend 5:30 p.m. Mass after dropping them off. I ran upstairs and got changed. My granddaughter noticed and asked, "Grammy, how come you're all dressed up"? I explained I was going to Mass after I dropped them off and that I didn't feel it was right to wear jeans. I mentioned how we get dressed up when people invite us to their home, so we get dressed up to go to God's house too. (Hum!) uThere's a time and a place for everything,"

There was a news report on the footprints (meaning the impact we have on our environment) we leave behind on earth. It showed how much waste we produce in a year. When you think of the number of people on this planet and the amount of waste, it's startling. As I would throw away the soiled Pampers from my grandchildren, I realized they would be around a very long time. And what about all the junk mail we receive and just throw out-how many trees are wasted for junk mail? One of my pet peeves is the use of paper towels for every little spill. I use them as sparingly as possible, finding shop cloths can be a more conservative (and economical) way to clean my house-use them, wash them and they're ready for use again and again. (Humm!) Waste not, want not."

Another report showed portion sizes of such fast foods as French fries, soft drinks, and hamburgers, contrasting a 1970's-sized portion with the Super Sized portions of today. We've got to do something about the obesity problem in this country. It will take will power not to eat every last fry, but think of the options. . .heart attack, increased cancer risk, XXXLarge size clothes! (Hummm!) "Moderation in all things is the key."

I thank God for my mother. She was a very wise, spiritual woman. She lived through WWII, and as a teenager suffered a severe lack of food and goods. Perhaps that is why she was so moderate in all things.

God created this planet and put it into the hands of his creatures. He gave it as a gift and a responsibility. Let us all do our share to save this planet for generations to come-it's our responsibility!

- By Mary Ann Hansen



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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 5th, 2024 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Brick
    505 Burnt Tavern Road Extension
    BRICK, NJ 08724
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    Friday, April 5th, 2024
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Service

    Saturday, April 6th, 2024 | 9:00am
    St. Martha Roman Catholic Church
    3800 Herbertsville Rd
    Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
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    Saturday, April 6th, 2024
  • Interment

    St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery
    1 Honey Locust Rd.
    LAKEWOOD, NJ 08701
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Barbara Lawrence

Dear Joan and Cousins. I am so sorry for your loss and so sorry that I am unable to pay my respects in person. I have many fond childhood memories of happy times with my cousin Tommy in Haskell, NJ. May he rest in peace.
Barbara Lawrence
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Erin Adame

Uncle Tom, I will always love you. We of the Adames will continue to be inspired by everything you have succeeded in and accomplished in life. Thank you for always remembering us, even with so much to deal with yourself. Love, Erin Tekla Lorenc Adame, Jeb Adame, Evelyn Adame, Janie Adame, and Nova Adame
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Your nephew Jimmy and wife Anahis

I miss you here, Uncle Tom. A lot of fun times at the Lorenc house (World Cup, swimming and many many celebrations).Enjoy heaven!
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Your nephew Jimmy and wife Anahis planted a memorial tree for Thomas Lorenc
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A Memorial Tree was planted for Thomas Lorenc

We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at O'Brien Funeral Home - Brick
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