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(Update 2014-10-28)

Thomas A. VanSelus, age 58, of Shell Lake, WI passed away on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at his home.

Thomas Arthur was born February 18, 1956 in Chicago, IL the son of Thomas F. and Helen Marie (Kenosha) VanSelus. He graduated from Shell Lake High School and started working in construction remodeling houses. Thomas joined the army on June 6, 1977 and served for three years, much of it stationed in Germany. He earned the rank of master sergeant and the National Defense Service Medal. Tom was honorably discharged on March 25, 1980 and returned to Shell Lake, WI. He went to work with his Uncle in “Tom’s Masonry” where they did all kinds of masonry and he specialized in field stone work. While working as a mason, Tom met Renee Elena Warnek in Darlington, WI. Tom and Renee were married on November 22, 1988 in Sarasota, FL. Together they operated a small farm in Dewey with wonderful neighbors where they raised beef and sheep. Tom continued working as a mason and eventually began his own business, called Stone Age that he was operating until the time of his death. Tom enjoyed photography, painting in oils, gardening, hunting and cutting firewood. He loved to take trips where he could just drive and stop at local places of history, unique buildings and visit small dining cafés. He was a member of Stone Mad and Fine Art of America.

Tom is survived by his wife of 26 years, Renee; two sons, Robert of Warren, MI and Thomas J. of Shell Lake, WI; mother, Helen VanSelus of Shell Lake, WI; aunt, Carol Haseltine of Spooner, WI; brother-in-law, Steven (Mary) Warnek; two nephews, one niece and several cousins.

A memorial service will be held for Tom at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, at the Scalzo-Taylor Chapel in Spooner with Pastor John Sahlstrom officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

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