Thomas Edward Ohnesorge passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, after suffering from Alzheimer’s. He was born the youngest son of Walter and Irene Virginia (Galligan) Ohnesorge, on November 21, 1937 in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Tom graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1959 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. That year he began his 49 year long career with the Space Program in Langley, Virginia. Shortly thereafter he was transferred and moved to Houston, Texas, to work for what eventually became the Johnson Space Center. It was there that he met Barbara Ann Shepard and they were married September 20, 1969. Their first son, Gary Walter was born in 1973, followed by another son, Michael Louis in 1979 and a daughter, Virginia Lee in 1980. After his retirement, Tom developed a love for travel and made several trips with his wife Barbara, which included New York City, Santa Fe, New Mexico and a weeks-long trek to Europe that included a trip on the Queen Mary 2 Cruise Ship. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Robert. He will be missed by his wife of 47 years, Barbara; his son Gary and his wife Kristine; his son Michael; his daughter Virginia and her husband John Passineau; nieces, Cathy Weiss and Sally Postmus nephews, Dan Ohnesorge and Steven Ohnesorge.
A viewing will be held on Monday, March 6th, 2017, from 6 – 8 pm with a vigil at 7 pm at the Crowder Funeral Home. The funeral will be 10:30am, Tuesday, March 7th at the St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 15500 El Camino Real, Houston, 77062. Thomas will be laid to rest in the Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Dickinson.