Thomas L. Norkooli, age 64, of Rock, passed away at home unexpectedly Saturday, October 12, 2019.
Tom was born December 31, 1954, in Escanaba, MI, the son of Arne and Veronica “Honey” (Huff) Norkooli.
A 1973 graduate of Rock High School, Tom continued his education first at Bay de Noc Community College and received his Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude from Northern Michigan University in 1977. In 1993, not only did he earn his Master of Arts degree but was also awarded The Outstanding Graduate Award in the college of Arts and Sciences from Northern Michigan University.
Tom started his 41-year long career in insurance working for several companies as an insurance adjuster and claims manager before venturing out on his own to form his own company and become and independent adjuster. He was a hard-working man, and far exceeded a 40-hour work week his entire career.
In his spare time, Tom could be found working and enjoying his land in Rock which was originally his childhood home. He always enjoyed a hot sauna or a having a quick cup of coffee with one of the local townspeople; but first and most importantly he was dedicated to his daughters and grandchildren.
Tom would say, “he was the jack of all trades, master of none,” but that did not stop people from picking his brain or seeking his advice. He helped many people in his lifetime and will be greatly missed.
Tom is survived by:
3 Daughters: Jennifer (Shawn) Norkooli-Starnes of Gladstone, MI
Janell Ansell of Escanaba,MI
Lauren Norkooli of Green Bay, WI
1 Sister: Bonnie Norkooli of Gladstone, MI 2 half sisters Linda Maki of Rock, MI and Judy Koski of Gwinn, MI and 1 half brother Michael (Gus) Mattila of Rock
3 Grandchildren: MacKenzie, Rianna, and Xavier.
Tom was preceded in death by his Parents and Brother, Jerry Norkooli and half-brother Jim Minor
Family will receive friends Friday, October 18, 2019 from 4:00 until 6:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the family to establish a scholarship fund in memory of Tom. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Norkooli Family.