Thomas Siemietkowski, 79, of Boise, passed away on October 5, 2021, at St. Luke’s Meridian
Hospital due to Covid (he was fully vaccinated). He was born in Staten Island, New York
to Victor and Sophie Siemietkowski. Tom served in the Air Force for 4 years, which took
him to Texas, Biloxi and eventually settled in Battle Creek, MI. He worked at Ralston Purina
for 32 years as a mechanic and electrician. Here he served as a Union Steward and
Treasurer. Afterwards, he worked at Lifesavers in Holland, MI and then Sorrento Lactalis
in Nampa, after his daughter dragged him to Idaho.
Tom was a lifetime student and completed multiple Associates degrees and numerous
Tom was an avid photographer, a decent golfer, a lover of music, a jack-of-all-trades
and master tinkerer, an excellent roller skater (back in the day), and a self-proclaimed
Craps expert. He was not a man who was able to sit still and was always on the go,
even when his body argued with him about it.
Tom never met a stranger. His gregarious personality and quick wit charmed everyone
he encountered. His sense of humor, which he graciously bestowed upon his daughter,
was smart, sharp, and silly. One of his greatest joys was making someone laugh.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and two younger brothers, Edward
and Paul. He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 50
years, Nancy, sons Cliff and Karl “Kevin” Vaden and their families, daughter and son-in-law
Valerie and Nate Gatfield, best friends Mike and Isaac, and devoted dog Luna.
A special thank you to the 5th floor staff of St. Luke’s Meridian Hospital for the amazing care
they provided during his last few weeks.
Thank you to Bowman Funeral Parlor. Per his wishes, there will be no service. He was a
lifelong supporter of St. Jude Children’s Hospital and would appreciate a donation in lieu of flowers or gifts.