Thomas J. ‘Mac’ McHale

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Thomas 'Mac' J.

Thomas J. ‘Mac’ McHale

September 17, 1931 to April 23, 2022

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” –A.A. Milne

Died surrounded by family on April 23, 2022 at the age of 90. Preceded in death by father Walter J. McHale, mother Mary ‘May’ McHale, and sisters Mary (Chipman) and Kathleen (McAdams). Survived by lifelong friend and former spouse, Julie McHale. Dear father of Peggy, Michael (Ana), Daniel (Kathleen), Kelly (Norman) Rivedal, and Mickey (Glen) Taylor.

Loving grandfather of Conner, Parker, and Ryan McHale; Sean Walker, Christine Burglin and Kyle McHale; Trisha McGregor, Shawna, Taylor, and Andrew Rivedal; Jack, Sophie and Samantha Taylor. Great-grandfather to Noah, Tobin and Sylvee McGregor and Kai Thomas Burglin.

Survived by special family friends Tammy Evelons and Rachel Gamez. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many good friends. Ever thankful for devoted caregivers, Jackie Tetting, Karen Castro, and Lynn Jach.

Your smile, wit, thoughtfulness, generosity and humility will be missed. Your love of family, music, sports, numbers and learning lives on in us all.

Family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Life on Saturday, August 13, 2022 with visitation beginning at 1PM followed by a memorial service at 2PM at HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME 16880 W. National Ave, New Berlin, WI. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the American Stroke Association. (


  1. jim July 16, 2022 at 8:37 am - Reply

    TOM — Was one of my best friends. RIP A wonderful human being!!!!!

  2. Mary Anne Doyle July 17, 2022 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Mac was the brother Jim never had I am sure they are together again in heaven. There are not too many people who were blessed with such a long and happy friendship. I will always cherish all my fond memories of our times together.

  3. Gil Gadzikowski July 22, 2022 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Tom was my friend for 78 years. That is a privilege I treasure. I hope I was never unworthy of his friendship. To Tom I offer a Polish goodbye: “Itze Bogerm.,” “Go with God.”

  4. Beth August 13, 2022 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    I remember fondly my Uncle Mac. And it was a joy to see his smile and the whole family in this beautiful slide show. His celebration was today and I needed to be there in spirit, which I did by watching this lovely span of his life.I remember good talks and fun laughs with him at family events and sleepovers through the years. We shared recovery, and he had a stroke with similar timing to my husbands and then died a month before that husband died. Some interesting and touching similarities. I am sending love and hugs to the extended McHale family. with my sympathy and my heartfelt prayers to you all. Love, your niece and cousin, Beth

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