Thomas R. Kalinowski, 90, of Steubenville, Ohio, died Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Life Line Hospital.
He was born August 1, 1924, in Wheeling, WV, a son of the late Anthony and Kazmiera Zwierzchowski Kalinowski.
He was a retired business man, postal worker and a longtime supporter of the Special Olympics and other area charities. He was a member of the Veteran Knights of Columbus and past Grand Knight of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Council 472.
The Father Bigelow Assembly 4th degree was a familiar figure outside area stores, as he raised funds for the Jefferson County Special Olympics. He also helped with K of C charity tickets and their Measure Up programs for the mentally handicapped. Thomas was the chairman for many years of the Knight's charity efforts and served on the Jefferson County Special Olympics Board of Directors. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and their Men's Club.
Thomas served in the Air Force during World War II and was a member of American Legion Argonne Post 33. He was the owner of several area bars including Miller's Bar for 26 years and Terrace Lanes Bowling Alley in Chester, WV. He was a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in industrial management and worked in that field for the Ford Motor Company plants in Cleveland and Cincinnati before returning to Steubenville. Thomas worked as a Postal Clerk at the Steubenville Post Office for 20 years before his retirement.
Preceding Thomas in death was his wife Clara S. Kalinowski on August 14, 2011.
Surviving are two sons, Anthony Kalinowski of Toronto, OH, and Thomas (Dorothy) Kalinowski of Seaville, NJ; five grandchildren, Trevor (Danielle) Kalinowski, Michelle (Brian) Timmons, Kristen Kalinowski, Corey Kalinowski and Christian Kalinowski; two great-grandchildren Ty and Vinny Kalinowski and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Home, Wintersville on Sunday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated Monday 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with Msgr. Kurt Kemo officiating. Burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Vigil service Sunday 3:45 p.m.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Carriage House for special care and love Thomas received.
Offer condolences at www.shorac.com