Thomas W. Hines, 80, of North Hudson passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 13.
He was born on May 12, 1927, in San Francisco, Calif., to Thomas and Grace (Carroll) Hines. He was raised in Madison, Wis., and attended catholic and public schools there and the University of Wisconsin.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from May 25, 1945 to June 3, 1946.
Tom and Irene Sapetta were united in marriage in Madison on July 1, 1950. He worked for the government as a U.S. Treasury agent for 21 years, six of which were spent in Washington, D.C. Tom and Irene moved 18 times in 20 years, arriving in Hudson in 1972 when he was transferred by the department to work in St. Paul as the district special agent in charge. He retired on Jan. 1, 1978.
After his final assignment in Washington, D.C., he and Irene decided to return to Hudson; they signed up for a weaving class directed by Walter Nottingham at UW-River Falls -- a hobby they enjoyed together for many years. In college, Tom was the Intercollegiate 3-rail billiards champion for two years; he remained active in that sport and pool throughout his life, most recently playing on a local team and at the Minneapolis Athletic Club.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Irene; niece, Phyllis Biedess (William Carter) of Phoenix, Ariz.; extended family and countless friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson.
Visitation was one hour prior to the church service and also Tuesday, March 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson, (715) 386-3725.
Tom will be privately interred next to Irene's parents in St. Hedwig's Cemetery in Thorp. Online condolences may be left at www.oconnellfuneralhomes. com.