Thomas J. Kalman, beloved husband, father, grandfather, military hero, accom-plished businessman p u b l i c servant and philan-thropist, passed away peacefully into the arms of our Lord on Saturday, June 9, 2012 in Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, Pa.
Born December 21, 1917 in Perryopolis, Pa., Thomas was the son of Joseph A. Kalman and Susan (Danko) Kalman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Clare (Reagan) Kalman; and his brother, Albert Joseph Kalman
Thomas is survived by his loving and devoted wife Donna (Forrai) Kalman; his cherished daughters: Mary Ann Kalman of Uniontown, Maureen Volker and her husband Michael of Collegeville, Pa.; his sister, Mary Catherine 'Cay' Griglak and her husband Laddie; his stepsons: James Forrai and his wife Kristy, Edward Forrai and wife Sonya, Steven Forrai and wife Julie; his grand daughter, Alexandra his great grandson, Rylan Thomas; his grandchildren: Travis, Jake, Steven, Michael, Paige, Cole, Maya; his nieces and nephews: Deborah, Marsha, Jeffrey, Betsy, Thomasine, Joe, Mike, Marianne, Kathy and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Thomas was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (with honors), Class of 1939, the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, the Officers War College in Norfolk, Va., and the Naval War College in Rhode Island.
Thomas served his country proudly as a Navy officer in World War II, participating in the invasions of Sicily and Northern Africa and also serving in the Western Sea Frontier. He retired as a Senior Captain and remained active in military affairs as a member of the Retired Officers Association, The Knights of Columbus, The A m e r i c a n L e g i o n, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and The Catholic War Veterans.
Mr. Kalman established a law firm in Uniontown, Pa., and was a practicing attorney and member of the PA State Bar Associations for more than 60 years. He established and s u p p o r t e d n u m e r o u s successful businesses
He served in the PA State Legislature as Senator from 1957-1970 and as Chief Clerk of the Senate from 1971-1980.
He was appointed by Presidents Ford and Carter to s e r v e on Presidential Advisory Commissions.
The Catholic Church played a central role in Mr. Kalman's life. He sought to uphold Catholic t e a c h i n g s and traditions by serving as a B o a r d M e m b e r at the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.
In 2007, he received the distinguished honor of being inducted as a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, the only lay institution of the Vatican State charged with the task of providing for the needs of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and for all the activities and initiatives which are necessary to support the Christian presence in the Holy Land.
Thomas Kalman spent his last years surrounded by those he loved and those who loved him, enjoying a Notre Dame football game on an autumn afternoon, a good meal with beloved friends and joyful family gatherings. His life will be celebrated and he will be sadly missed.
Friends will be received in the SKIRPAN FUNERAL HOME, 680 CHERRY TREE LANE, UNIONTOWN, Pa., on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. where a Prayer Service will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.
A Funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. in Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Uniontown, Pa., with the Rev. Father James D. Tringhese and Monsignor J. Edward McCullough as Co-Celebrants.
Interment will follow in Sylvan Heights Cemetery with Full Military Rites accorded by American Legion Post 51 and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Donation may be made to the Uniontown Public Library, 24 J e f f e r s o n S t r e e t, Uniontown, PA 15401. www.skirpanfuneralhome.com