Thomas Chervanick obituary (2021) – Shamokin, Pennsylvania


LEESPORT – Throughout literature, the most famous hero in all history is the common man. They can’t jump the tallest building or run faster than a ball at full speed, but instead they are marked by an endearing altruism, a strong moral compass, and an unspoken familiarity that brings people together.

Thomas Michael “Cubbie” Chervanick, 68, of Leesport, was the common man in the Chervanick family. On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, Cubbie passed away suddenly while doing what he did best: helping a friend.

Cubbie’s story began in Shamokin on January 3, 1953, a son of the late Michael and Tessie (Wisloski) Chervanick. After a childhood filled with fun and mischief, he became the man of the house at the age of 15 after the death of his father. Without hesitation, he understood and accepted his new responsibility.

Cubbie graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School in 1970 and quickly continued his education with advanced courses at Williamsport Area Community College and Penn State University. In no time he became a Master Electrician for Local 607 IBEW and an apprentice instructor. It was during this time that he developed his very in-depth work ethic and thought process that became his calling card.

Early in his professional career, he also served honorably in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard with the 2nd Battalion, 109th Infantry, achieving the rank of Master Sgt and receiving the Pennsylvania Service Ribbon and Medal of General Thomas J. Steward.

The most crucial life event that happened during this period of his life was marrying his beautiful high school girlfriend, Cathy (Bach) Chervanick. Behind every hero, even the common man, hides a strong woman. There is no doubt that Cubbie would proudly proclaim that Cathy helped him become the best version of himself. Shortly after high school, the two lovebirds got married and began what would be forty-eight years of a beautiful marriage.

Shortly after his marriage, Cubbie realized what was expected of him as he was on the verge of starting a family and supporting three legendary children and a wife. He took his previous experience and wisely moved into the field of electrical engineering. He spent 24 years of his career working for STV Construction Inc. as Vice President of Construction Management. He was then appointed Vice President at Horst Construction, then Director of Operations at Blatt and Myers Inc. He then became Director of Construction Services for Borton-Lawson Engineering and Architecture. His long career ended at Blatt and Myers before retiring three years ago. His electrical and construction management skills have taken him on impressive projects all over the world, from Africa to Europe and the United States.

After Tom married Cathy, he was welcomed into the Bach family with open arms, and he quickly became the go-to person for any advice, whether it was a simple housekeeping item or housekeeping item. ” be a consultant in electrical distribution engineering at the Philadelphia Mint. He was always ready to help and everyone knew that if you asked him a question he would lecture you on the how and why. As he came from the school of hard knocks, he firmly believed in teaching someone how to fish rather than just giving them the fish.

Across all the jobs, the titles that mattered the most to him were Faithful Husband, Dad, Boyfriend, and lastly, Grandpa Head Coach. Cubbie liked to tell stories with just a subtle exaggeration. Often his stories were about his children and grandchildren. When he spoke of them, his eyes twinkled and he spoke with pride when he shared their academic, athletic and professional achievements.

His weekends were packed during the kids’ college years watching Mike on Pitt’s football team, Dan on the Notre Dame football team, and Marie play Lehigh and Notre Dame. He was always there to lend a hand, an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on, and a spine to lean on for strength. He was the ordinary hero the Chervanick family needed and who will be missed forever.

He was a long-time member of the St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church.

Cubbie is survived by his beloved wife, Cathy (Bach) Chervanick; his sons, Michael James, husband of Terri (Leofsky) Chervanick, of Reading, and Daniel Thomas, husband of Juliana (Fisher) Chervanick, of Houston, Texas; his daughter, Marie Christine Chervanick Flatley, wife of Keith Flatley, of Seattle; her nine beloved grandchildren, Cassidy, Cole, Colton, Mason, Penelope, Nora, Tessa, Taggart and Rose; and his sister, Lucille Mattison, widow of John Mattison, of West Brookfield, Massachusetts.

CHERVANICK – Thomas Michael “Cubbie” Chervanick, 68, from Leesport. A Christian burial mass will be celebrated at 11 am Friday at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 2600 St. Albans Drive, Reading. A visit will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Interment will be private at All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Sacred Heart School, 701 Franklin St, West Reading 19611. Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home Inc, West Reading, is honored to help the Chervanick family. Condolences can be expressed to

Posted by The News Item on October 26, 2021.

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