Thomas William Henninger
Age 80 of Howell Michigan, passed away peacefully at home on August 24, 2019. Son of Thomas J. Henninger and Margaret (Peg) Cashman Henninger. Sister Patricia (Joseph) Nevis of Mt. Carmel, PA and Sister Sally (Jack) Arnoldine of Kingman, AZ. Tom was preceded in death by his Sister Margaret Mary Mimi (David) Noll.
Tom is survived by his seven children: Mike of Howell, MI; Tom (Terry) of Sault Ste Marie, MI; Carolyn Bourns (Darren) of Howell, MI; Colleen Kade (Don) of Howell, MI; Kristin Walz (John) of El Segundo, CA; David (Connie) of Hernando, MS and James (Julia)of White Lake, MI., including 16 Grandchildren and 17 Great Grandchildren!
Born 12/27/1938 in Shamokin, Pennsylvania, Tom attended Lourdes High School and married his high school sweetheart, Catherine Marie Yost also from Shamokin, PA (Father: Robert John Yost, Mother: Catherine Marie (Negherbon) Yost)
After serving In the United States Air Force from 1956-1960 he obtained his MBA from the University of Louisville. His civilian career started as an accountant for the Greyhound Bus Co. and later with General Electric Corp. His title changed to entrepreneur after establishing Custom Car Installation Corporation where hehad all seven children working for him in one of the very first mobile cellular phone installation businesses with stores in Redford, MI; Boston, MA; Indianapolis, IN;Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA.
He later owned a Big Apple Bagel franchise with his wife and daughter and ended his career developing real estate. Tom was even able to have a street named after his beloved wife called “Catherine’s Way” in Howell Michigan at which his wife, daughter and oldest son still live.
Tom and his wife Catherine, married 63 years, traveled the globe together to destinations such as: China, Cuba, Guadalajara, Australia, Casablanca and all of Europe. He also had a very favorite spot in the Islamorada Keys that he enjoyed with his friends and family.
Tom was very proud of his Irish heritage and so for his and Catherine’s 50th wedding anniversary, he took all seven children and their spouses to Ireland.They were blessed at a mass at the St Mary’s Castlegory Church in Kerry County and afterward enjoyed a reception at Ballyseede Castle. On that same trip Tom left a handwritten note at the Cashman Bar to let the owners know (Great Aunt) he and his family had stopped by. J
At Tom’s request his body was donated to the University of Michigan Medical Center.