On Saturday Jan. 23, 2021, Joseph (Joe) Christopher Tomei of Taylor, beloved husband, son, brother, father and grandfather, passed away after a long battle with cancer at the age of 57.
Joe was born Oct. 3, 1963 to Lester and Elizabeth (Hankerd) Tomei in Flint, Michigan. He grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico and graduated from Mayfield High School in 1981. He was an apprentice in his father’s tile business and then opened his own company – Tomei Tile.
Joe met the love of his life Cindy Kruse in Austin. They were married Sept. 6, 1986, and they settled in Taylor, where they raised their two children Ryan Joseph Tomei and Erin Ashley Tomei.
At his core Joe was a happy, easy-going, generous and hard-working person. He was a man’s man who took pride in his work and who knew how to use all the tools in his impressive shop to build, fix or fiddle with something. He eagerly volunteered to help anyone with any project.
In his free time Joe enjoyed the great outdoors especially hunting, fishing, camping, grilling and blowing stuff up.
Joe cherished the time he spent with his three granddaughters, creating long running inside jokes and taking them exploring outside anytime they were together. He was nurturing and deeply connected to his family that he loved so much – including his three fur babies Chloe, Copper and Harley.
Joe will be deeply missed by family and friends.
Joe was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Edmardo and Velma Tomei; maternal, grandparents Leo and Ann Hankerd; father, Lester Tomei; and brother, David Tomei.
Joe is survived by his wife of 34 years, Cindy Tomei; son, Ryan and his wife Alexandra and granddaughters Kenna, Riley and Grace of Colorado Springs, Colorado; daughter, Erin of Taylor; mother, Elizabeth Tomei of Las Cruces, New Mexico; sister, Patty Wendt and her husband Rick of Temple; sister, Carol Salopek and her husband James of Las Cruces, New Mexico; sister, Jan Mueller and her husband John of McKinney; his extended Kruse family; his brother-in-law, Mark Kruse and his wife Remona; sister-in-law, Pam David and her husband Mike; and brother-in-law, Brian Kruse and his wife Shannon; and lastly numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Franklin Chang, Dr. James Trotter, Dr. Sandy Anne, and the staff of the Baylor Scott and White hospital, and Cancer Center in Round Rock.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Providence Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor. A private burial will take place later at the Taylor City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice in Joe’s name.