He was born July 14, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pa., the son of Frank “Frosty” and Helen (Donnelly) Orzulak. Raised in Port Vue, PA, he was a 1969 graduate of South Allegheny High School and in 1974 earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts at California State College in California, Pa. He taught metal shop at Plum High School for 5 years and was a supervisor for PennDOT, Lovedale District, for a number of years. He was a proud member of the Port Vue Volunteer Fire Company.
After a move to Lawrence, Kansas, in 1985, Tom was the director of parking services at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, before landing his dream job as Street Division Manager for the City of Lawrence for 23 years, retiring in 2013.
He married Patricia Smith on May 17, 1975 in Versailles, Pa. She survives at home.
Other survivors include his son Matthew, of Lawrence, Kansas, daughter Elizabeth “Cissy” Lenhart (Steve) of Overland Park, Kansas, and granddaughters Amelia and Claire Lenhart. His beloved family was the joy of his life.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and brother Francis M. Orzulak.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, August 10, 2018 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence, Kansas. Burial followed at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family would ask for memorial donations to Just Food here in Lawrence, Kansas, and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Originally published August 14, 2018.