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Official Obituary of

Thomas John Bystrek, Sr.

June 20, 1947 ~ March 31, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old

Thomas Bystrek, Sr. Obituary

Thomas John Bystrek, Sr., 75, of Chester, Vermont, passed away on March 31, 2023 at Middlesex Hospital.  Born in Middletown, he was the son of the late John and Katherine (DeGraff) Bystrek.

Thomas had lived in East Berlin, Berlin, and Chester, VT.  He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the American Legion Post #67 in Chester, VT.  Thomas worked for Mobil Corp for ten years and Balf Savin Company as an operating engineer for many years until he retired.  He enjoyed big game hunting, trapping, fishing, and bird watching in his later years.

Thomas is survived by his son, Thomas J. Bystrek, Jr. and his wife Denise of Cromwell; his daughter Cheryl L. Bystrek of St. Cloud, FL; two brothers Joseph Bystrek of Hillsborough, NH and Richard Bystrek of Brooksville, FL; two sisters Katherine Sleming of Brodnax, VA and Pauline Phillips of Brooksville, FL; three grandchildren Christian Bystrek, Ryan Ogden and Nicholas Matias; two step grandchildren Stephen Hennessey, Jr. and Kaitlyn Tobias; ten great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Middlesex Comfort Care Unit and Foxtrot Unit @ Sgt. John L. Levitow Veterans Health Center for their comforting and compassionate care.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 6th at 10:00 am at the Cromwell Funeral Home, 506 Main Street, Cromwell.  Burial will follow in Saint Mary Cemetery in Portland where full military honors will be accorded.  Family and friends may call on Wednesday evening for 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers donations in Thomas’s memory may be made to Middlesex Comfort Care Unit, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457 or Sgt. John L. Levitow Veterans Health Center, 287 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.  To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit

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April 5, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cromwell Funeral Home
506 Main Street
Cromwell, CT 06416

Funeral Service
April 6, 2023

10:00 AM
Cromwell Funeral Home
506 Main Street
Cromwell, CT 06416


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