Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 15, 2014

Thomas James Napolitano

INTERLOCHEN — Thomas “Tom” James Napolitano, 64, of Interlochen, passed away after a brief illness on June 10, 2014, at Munson Medical Center. Tom was born Oct. 17, 1949, to Nicholas and the late Marjorie (Reynolds) Napolitano in Saginaw.

Tom graduated from St. Andrews High School in 1967 and then bravely served his country in Vietnam.

Tom was employed by General Motors in Saginaw for 30 years and retired at the age of 47.

Tom met Susan (“Susie” to Tom) Jane Ireland in 1972, and they were married in 1974. In May of 2014 (with help from their friends) they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Tom and Sue lived in Saginaw, Birch Run and Frankenmuth before moving to Interlochen in 2002.

Tom had many hobbies. When he was a bit younger he played softball and bowled. He loved fishing on Green Lake, fly fishing on streams in our area and hunting. Later he took up golfing, and as he did with other interests, he excelled.

Tom was a member of Interlochen Golf Club and Grand Traverse Archers.

Tom is survived by his wife, Susan (Ireland) Napolitano; father, Nicholas Napolitano; sister, Theresa (Ralph) Furlo; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews; and many lifelong friends.

His memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at 11 a.m., at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth Street, Traverse City, with a visitation held from 10 to 11 a.m. To watch the service live online go to A luncheon will be served following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Please sign Tom’s online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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