Thomas E. Songer

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Full Name
Thomas E. Songer

Date of Birth
Thursday, April 4th, 1935

Date of Death
Thursday, October 24th, 2019


Thomas E. Songer, age 84, of Erie, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 24, 2019.

He was born in Sharpsville, PA on April 4, 1935 a son of the late Albert and Naomi (nee McCoy) Songer.  He was a graduate of Sharpsville High School in 1953 and Youngstown State University in 1957.

 Tom was a mechanical engineer by education, and used those skills in many segments of the manufacturing industry in several parts of the country.  His career involved work in the optics, steel, automobiles, machinery, and paper industries.  He eventually led Murray Machinery Inc. in Wausau, WI, a paper machinery company, for several years as President.  Upon the successful transition of that company, Tom was a highly sought-after consultant for the machinery industry.

 Tom was a kind gentleman who enjoyed the simple aspects of life; good conversation, good food, history, grandchildren, and helping the birds through the Erie winter.  In his later years he re-energized his golf game, and enjoyed going to lectures at the Jefferson Educational Society.

 In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by three brothers: Albert, John, and Calvin Songer; a sister: Alice Maloney; and a brother in law: Dr. William Garvey.

  Tom is survived by his wife of 58 years Mary Kay Songer; three sons: Thomas (Nancy), Patrick (Gail), and Michael (Bernadette); a sister: Rosemary Piccirilli; four grandchildren: Stephen, Nicholas, Mary Grace, Patricia Claire; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, November 10 at 1-4pm at the Jefferson Educational Society. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jefferson Educational Society, 3207 State St., Erie, PA 16508 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

 Arrangements entrusted to the Burton Westlake Funeral Home, 3801 West 26th St. Erie. 

Calling Hours

Sunday, November 10th, 2019 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Jefferson Educational Society - 3207 State St Erie, PA 16508

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