Thomas Neil “Tom” Blonk, 60, of Raleigh, died peacefully, Friday, May 17, 2013. Tom was born to the late Jean and Cornelius Blonk in Ridgewood, NJ. He was raised in Wyckoff, NJ by his mother and step father, the late John Woudenberg, after Cornelius’s passing in 1960. In 1993, after spending 18 years in Ringwood, NJ, Tom and his family moved to Wake Forest, NC.
Tom was the owner of Blonk Custom Carpentry for over 30 years as a custom interior trim contractor. For 13 years, he was an active member of Wake-Forest Rolesville High School Band Booster’s program, supporting all five of his children. Tom’s contagious and unique sense of humor always kept family, friends and neighbors laughing. He enjoyed spending time on his Ski Nautique and with his four legged best friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, May 22, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home.
Tom is survived by his wife, Andrea Babcook Blonk; his children, Christopher John Blonk and wife Mandy, of Raleigh (grandson, Caleb Christopher Blonk), Michelle Blonk Graglia and husband, Nathanael, of Houston, Texas, Brian Thomas Blonk of Wake Forest, Andrew Neil Blonk of Wake Forest, and Matthew Aaron Blonk, serving in the US Air Force, Dyess AFB, Abilene, Texas; his sister, Barbara Blonk Venema and husband, Gregory, of Ormond Beach, Fla.; his brother, John Woudenberg and wife, Jodie, of Whitinsville, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058-5216 (www.heart.org)