Thomas J. “Tom” Schiesl

Thomas James Schiesl, 60, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 following a brief battle with cancer. In honor of Tom’s wishes, there will be no public wake or funeral service.

Tom was born on August 7, 1959, in Dubuque, IA, to his parents, James and Mary Jo (Melloy) Schiesl.  Tom recently retired from Bimbo Bakeries, formerly Trausch/Metz Baking Company. Following his retirement, Tom worked for the City of Dubuque as a Jule Bus Driver.

Tom is survived by three sons and three grandchildren; Nick Schiesl and his daughter Lucy; Eric (fiancée Malorie Steffen) Schiesl and his daughter Maggi; Curt (Tiina) Schiesl and their newborn son Alexander.

Also cherishing his memory are his siblings, Joseph (Debra) Schiesl of Prior Lake, MN; Cynthia (Robert) Wagner of Dubuque; Mary Ann (Jeff) Griesinger of Prior Lake, MN; Patricia (Thomas) Schumacher, Robert (Kelley) Schiesl and his sister-in-law, Patti Schiesl, all of Dubuque, including 16 nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, James & Mary Jo Schiesl and his brother William Schiesl.

The family would like to acknowledge the incredible love and compassion offered by Tom’s son, Nick, for welcoming his Dad into his home during the final months. This provided great comfort and peace to Tom while being cared for by his sons, his sister Pat and his entire family.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their sincere and professional care, along with Tri-State Cremation Center for their heartfelt support and service.

Online condolences may be shared with Tom’s family at

“Adiós, See You Later, Too-Da-Loo” – Tom

In honor of Tom’s wishes, there will be no public wake or funeral service.

9 comments on “Thomas J. “Tom” Schiesl
  1. Jerry and Cathy Grutz and family says:

    Bob, Kelley, Patti and all of Tom’s family, you have our condolences.

  2. Rick Strueber says:

    I remember Tom as a very genuine and funny guy. Tom always seemed able to make the best out of a bad situation and was able to put anyone at ease. I will miss Tom’s quick wit and humor. I’m very proud to have called Tom my friend! My deepest sympathy’s for Tom and his family.

  3. Mona Sweeney Gude says:

    I am so sad that we can not gather together to honor Tom. I have so many memories of stopping at the Schiesl house on 3rd Street.
    The smell of a pipe, family pictures on the wall over the buffet and going in the cave-cooled backyard that ran right into the 4th Street Elevator!

    Sending prayers and sympathy to all the Schiesl clan–
    may Tom and Bill have a good time together in heaven!

  4. Mary Feipel Winders says:

    My sympathy to your family. I’m sure Bill was there to meet Tom.

  5. Pat Mills says:

    So many good memories of Tom, he’ll be so missed. My condolences to his family.

  6. Casey & Ellen Carr says:

    Nick and Lucy,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. We wish you peace during this challenging time.
    All our love,
    Casey, Ellen, Fallon, and Crosby Carr

  7. Jennifer Kratz Walker says:

    So sorry to hear of Tom’s death. It’s been a very long time since I saw him, but I still vividly remember Tom and Curt in our backyard practicing their karate moves. Hope those 2 find each other again. My best to his boys and all the family.

  8. Marilyn Kratz says:

    Was surprised and saddened to see Tom’s obituary. I was so grateful to him when Curt was sick cause he spent some ‘good’ time with him. Was so sorry to never get to see or talk to him. My condolences to Nick, Eric and Curt (who was named after my son). Also, my sympathy to his brothers and sisters who also, sometimes, had another brother as Curt spent a lot of time with Tom at his house. I’m sure all of you will miss him. I will be sending an offering to Divine Word for a Mass for Tom. Love, Marilyn

  9. Dan Mills says:

    So sad to hear this news. It is a great loss for everyone when someone leaves us too soon. God bless the entire family.

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