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Thomas Caflisch 09/19/2023

Thomas Edward Caflisch
Tom met Jesus, his Savior, on September 19, 2023. Born on August 4, 1938, to Glenn and Vi Caflisch in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Tom graduated from Baraboo High School in 1956 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 – 1961. He married Judith Schaefer on August 6, 1960. Tom graduated from Wisconsin State University – River Falls (now UWRF) in 1965.
Tom was a member of many civic organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, River Falls City Council, St. Croix County Board, Pierce County Board and the American Legion Post 121.
After retirement, Tom delighted in being a volunteer coach for the UWRF football team for 21 years. His hobby, in retirement, was making wooden cremation urns, many of which were rosemaled by his friend, Audrey Iverson.
Tom was a faithful member of Ezekiel Lutheran Church for 56 years and Luther Memorial Church for the past 2 years.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Vi Caflisch, and sister, Mary Adams.
Tom is survived by his wife of 63 years, Judie Caflisch; daughters, Jill (Pete) McCarthy, Jodie (Mike VanderZanden) Henning; and son, Andy (Shannon) Caflisch. He is also survived by grandchildren, Chad (Courtney) Henning, Sam Henning, Josh Henning, Jaime (Nate) Kleppe, Jordan Lammer, Jenna (Jake) Knotek, Trevor Caflisch, Natalie Caflisch; great-grandson, Cohen Kleppe, bonus grandchildren, Sarah Feuchtenberger, Alex McCarthy; bonus great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Norah and Isla Feuchtenberger; plus, many other family and friends.
A private Christian/Military service was held on Sunday, September 24, 2023, at Greenwood Cemetery. Those wishing to honor Tom joined the family at the American Legion Hall, 701 N Main Street, River Falls, WI between 5:00 – 8:00 pm for Tom’s requested celebration of life, meal and entertainment.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Legion Post 121 Scholarship Fund or Luther Memorial Church Families in Need Fund.
Thank you and God Bless you!!


  • Dina Moos, RN Posted September 19, 2023 6:23 pm

    I wish I knew the perfect thing to say to make it all better, but those words don’t exist, so instead: My heart is with you at this time as are my thoughts and prayers.

  • 5 Posted September 19, 2023 6:23 pm

    Thanks for your visits to kinni health and rehab

  • Carole Mottaz Posted September 20, 2023 7:21 am

    Tom was such an interesting man. He knew a little something about a lot of things and always had time for a chat. It was fun having you as our neighbors. I know you have many wonderful memories and they will sustain you during this sad time.

  • Kaari Naughton Posted September 20, 2023 8:58 am

    Loved talking to Tom and I’m grateful for his beautiful woodworking skills. He was a great member of our community.

  • Candace Bettendorf Posted September 20, 2023 10:16 am

    Loved visiting and laughing with Tom. He will be missed.

  • Sue Hodgson Posted September 20, 2023 1:57 pm

    Tom was a truly special (& fun) man – who gave SO much to the community & others. He will be missed.

  • Lisa Tessmann Posted September 20, 2023 6:54 pm

    Hoping the knowledge that he now walks with Jesus will bring you comfort and peace. Cherish your memories and bring them out often, especially when your heart is hurting. Hugs!!

  • Faye Perkins Posted September 21, 2023 12:12 pm

    I was saddened to read in the Falcon Daily that Tom had passed away. Tom was a true servant leader, always looking how he could help others. Tom will be missed by everyone who knew him but memories of Tom will stay with us forever. Sending hugs to Judy and the entire family. A special hug for Jill.

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