Thomas  H. Westhoff

 December 18, 1941 - December 11, 2010 

Thomas H. Westhoff, age 68, of Millcreek, died on Saturday, December 11, 2010, at the Manchester Presbyterian Lodge. Tom was born in Dyersville, Iowa, on December 18, 1941, a son of the late Edmund and Freda Engleken Westhoff. Tom graduated from Xavier High School in Dyersville, where he met his future wife, Peggy Showalter, and from Iowa State University in 1964. He went on to become a chemical engineer with Calsicat Chemical for 38 years. Tom was active in the Erie County Emergency Management Team for many years and was instrumental in the development of the HAZMAT Response Team.

After retirement he enjoyed his time with the Gannon Small Business Development Center's SCORE, which provides advice to small businesses in the community. He also loved to read and do crossword puzzles in his spare time, and he was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs. However, most of all, he cherished any time that he could spend with his family, especially cheering for his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lavon, and two brothers, Jim and Ralph.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary "Peggy" Showalter Westhoff; his children, Thomas Jeffrey Westhoff (Jeanette) of Palatine, Ill., Ellen Murphey (Curtis) of Fairview, Amy Sokol (Eric) of Lower Burrell, Pa., and Kathryn Sementelli (Glendon) of Houston, Texas; and his grandchildren: Cassandra and Eric Sokol Jr. of Lower Burrell, Pa., Aidan, Corban, and Ned Murphey of Fairview, and Henry Sementelli of Houston, Texas.
Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.



Prayer of St. Francis Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.



I had the pleasure of knowing Tom through SCORE. He was a good friend and a valued member of the team. My prayers go out to his family and its an honor to have him here at Life Ever After.
Margaret Harrison

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December 2014
Wishing Tom a Happy Birthday on the 18th of  this month, and remembering the 11th as the day of his leaving this Earth. 

Feb. 14, 2014




December 18, 2013
Stopping by to wish Tom a

from all of us. 


December 11, 2013
Stopping by on this chilly cold morning to recognize that today marks the third anniversary of Tom's passing. Be with the family today as I know they are remembering this day with pain. But remind them that they will see him again when the time is right.


June 16th


Wishing you a

from all of us

June 17th 2012




April 8, 2012
Happy Easter



Stopping by to wish a
 Remember our loved ones this year.


Nov. 27, 2011
Tom Westhoff was my father.  I sincerely thank you for this website. I just found it. 
Being able to access the memories of him is a blessing. As the one year anniversary of his passing approaches,  I found comfort in reading these posts. 
He was a wonderful father and mentor to me.   I am so proud to read these remembrances. 
I never knew the side of him that he gave to the community;  in my eyes, he was a devoted father and never truly knew his impact on the community.

Katy Westhoff Sememtelli

October 28, 2011
Attended a Score Appreciation Luncheon at the Lake Shore Country Club. Tony Ciampa addressed the volunteers and thanked them for all their hard work.
He continued to say that the Executive Committee has agreed to award a volunteer or local person that has gone above and beyond helping SCORE with the Tom Westhoff Award. This award will be given yearly with the first award in 2012.
Miss you Tom

Jan 11, 2011
One month has passed since Tom left us. Be with his family as they go though this tough time. Know in your heart, that you will see him again.

December 16, 2010
On behalf of the OLCS family, I'd like to offer our prayers to your family - it's been some time but I fondly recall the years the Westhoffs were at OLC.
Mark Eisert,

December 15, 2010
We are so sorry for your loss. Katy, you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Just remember all the great memories and hope the memories bring you comfort.
Stephanie Welker (Morrow) and boys
Indian Trail, North Carolina

December 14, 2010
Dear Peggy,
Our thoughts and prayers are with at this time.
We have such fond memories of our years at St. Julia.
You and Tom did so much for everyone in the parish and we are so thankful for having known both of you.
Dee and Mike Andrae
Sebring, Florida

December 14, 2010
Dear Peggy & Family, It is with great sadness that we lose your beloved Toby. He was often on the altar and a mentor to our church congregation. I ask God to lift and ease your pain. Even though I didn't know Tom really well, I do know you and what a wonderful family you all are. My Dad, Jim Popeski, sends his condolences as well. With much love, Peggy, to you and your's. Fran M. Brougham
Fran Brougham,
Erie, Pennsylvania


December 13, 2010
We were blessed to have Uncle Tom in our lives. Though he is no longer here he still holds a special place in my heart. 
My heartfelt love goes out to his family. I am sorry you have to experience this loss.

Diane Friedlein,
Manchester, Iowa 

December 13, 2010
Peggy, Jeff, Ellen, Amy & Katy - my heart is sad I cannot be there to say good-bye to a very remarkable man and just hug each of you. Please know my childhood is filled with warmth holding onto so many fun memories of Erie, PA.
When I was little, coming to PA was a very happy time. Toby made my homesick days go away. He was a comfort to just stand by and smell his pipe.
My love for all of you is incredibly strong.
Molly Evers,
Dyersville, Iowa 

December 13, 2010
Words cannot explain my sadness for you loss. I love you all. I am blessed to have you all in my life and I will NEVER forget your dad.
One of the best things our dads did for us all was moving us to Chelsea Avenue. He was truly a man to admire.
Stacy Abate and family
Erie, Pennsylvania

December 13, 2010
To Ellen, Curt, and family....
The Fox family would like to extend our deepest condolences to you all on the loss of a a much-loved and cherished man who we're sure will be missed dearly by all who knew him. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you. Becky, Brad, Tyler, and Adam Fox, Fairview, Pennsylvania


December 13, 2010
Tom's leadership of the local SCORE program was been self-evident. He was responsible for leading a team of about 50 volunteers that assisted small businesses as far away as Venango, Mercer, Warren and Crawford Counties.
I feel saddened by his passing but also feel blessed that I knew such a man that was able to touch so many families. Weather it was a small farmer or a local emerging business group, Tom was there to offer a helping hand. He will be dearly missed by so many.
 My prayers go out to Tom's Family.
Ray Andel,
Meadville, Pennsylvania

December 13, 2010
Tom was a great mentor to me when becoming the Athena Powerlink recipient in 2008. After getting to know him and his dedication to helping small business owners like myself, I was honored when he asked me to become part of the S.C.O.R.E. family.
Although I knew him a couple short years, the admiration I have for him is worth a lifetime! Tom will be sadly missed.
Donna Reese
Erie, Pennsylvania

December 13, 2010
Ellen, Curt & boys,
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Ellen, you said that if we knew him, he made us laugh. We did not know him, but YOU surely do make us laugh. You obviously inherited that from him!
With our sympathy,
Scott & Lisa Haney & kids

December 13, 2010
Tom was a valued customer of Zeyon, Inc for a very long time. We are very sorry for your loss and for the loss to the Erie Community.
Tom was an honest businessman and a great asset to the community. He will be remembered.
John A. Yonko, Dianne Porter, Steve Zaun, and the employees of Zeyon, Inc.

December 13, 2010
ACES extends our condolences to Tom's family. We were fortunate to have him volunteer as a Business Advisor during Fort LeBoeuf HS's PA Business Week program.  

 December 13, 2010
Peggy and family, We are truly sorry for your loss. Tom was such a wonderful person and an inspiration to all who knew him. 
You and your family will be in our thoughts and our prayers.
Thom, Patty and Tricia Theiss 
Erie, Pennsylvania


December 13, 2010
This was a grand, good man. He will be missed by his extended family. He will be loved forever. 
Betty Anne Scherrman, 
Dyersville, Iowa 

December 13, 2010
My condolences to the Westoff family. The county has lost a true leader and someone who cared about their safety. Please know know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Paul Tate,
Augusta, Georgia


December 13, 2010
He sounds like he was an amazing man. I never knew him personally but through Amy I got a sense of him. I'm so sorry for your loss, but as I told Amy, he now knows all the beautiful secrets of heaven and is blessed to be dancing at the feet of Jesus. You've all been in my prayers and I'll continue to pray for peace, closure and a sense of comfort for each of you. I love you all!
Lisa Gifford
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin


December 13, 2010 
The world is a little less special today now that Tom Westhoff is gone. He was a man who believed and lived that kind words, a gentle heart and integrity are the best guides a man can have. The love in the home of Tom and Peggy is shown by the three wonderful children they raised.
My Uncle Tom was an extraordinary man, a person I am lucky to have known, but sad that I was not able to know better.
Rest well, Uncle Tom. Please say hi to my Dad.
Jim Westhoff, 
Greenwood, Delaware

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