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Emil James Tomanek

Emil J. Tomanek Jr., age 93, of Glenn, MI. died on March 29, 2020 at MediLodge of Holland. Emil was born in Cicero, IL on October 15, 1926 to Emil and Mary Tomanek. Emil served in the United States Navy during WWII. He graduated from Western Michigan University receiving both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He taught and coached in the Allegan Public Schools for 32 years. Emil established the wrestling program at Allegan High School. He touched so many students' lives having taught and/or coached them during their Junior High and Senior High school years. Emil was a member of the United Methodist Church in Allegan, MI. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Nan; and daughters Susan (Jeff Smith) Anderson and Sandra Holmes. While at Emil's webpage at www.avinkcremation.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Allegan Public Schools Athletic Dept. 550 5th St. Allegan, MI 49010. The family wishes to thank the staff, nurses and physicians at MediLodge of Holland and Hospice of Holland for the exceptional care given to Emil. The family is being assisted by the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand, Schoolcraft, MI 49087 269-679-5622.

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Dear Nan, Sue and Sandy, Thinking of you and memories of long ago. Love to you and the girls. Don & Helen Remington

Don Remington May 4 2020 2:39 PM

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Mark Birkam Apr 9 2020 12:01 PM

I was fortunate enough to join Emil's coaching circle shortly after arriving in Allegan in 1970. His coaching philosophy had a profound effect on me. Wins and losses were far less important to Emil than the personal growth and development of a team spirit with the young men. During games, Emil's clipboard was used solely to keep track of how many youngsters he was able to get into the game that day. His goal was to give everyone playing time. Everyone wanted to be on Coach Tomanek's team, so some years he had 50 boys to work in. I always valued Emil's opinion and friendship, and think of him often. Mark Birkam

Mark Birkam Apr 9 2020 11:42 AM

Dear Nan, Susan, and Sandra, We were sorry to learn of the Emils passing. Sharman and I want to share our sincerest sympathy. As I reflect on my life as a professional educator, I have been blessed to have a number of individuals who have had a profound impact on me professionally. Emil Tomanek was one of those special professionals who provided me with an exceptional model of professionalism, dedication to his craft, superior organizational skills, and a sincere interest in treating every student with empathy, fairness, and dignity. Emil and I shared the tiny office in the boys locker room at L. E. Junior High School from 2:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the winter sports seasons with three other coaches for 10 years. His wrestling teams (JV and Varsity) practiced in the balcony of the middle school gym and utilized the lockers and shower room. The boys of the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade basketball teams shared the same space. On some nights, this number of boys in the locker room could exceed 75 boys from 12 to 18 years old. Emils high expectations for behavior and conduct while in that crowded space were well engrained and easy for his fellow coaches to help manage. I worked with Emil as a member of the football coaching staff for 11 years. In my final year of coaching football, Emil was my assistant coach. I could not have been more blessed. My assistant was an expert on every technique, skill, and strategy (offensive and defensive). He had already retired, but came back to help with the football program for a number of years. Even though he had transitioned to his home in Glenn, he was always available well before practices began and always stayed after to reflect on the day, plan for the next practice, or plan strategies for the upcoming game. He was an expert in helping to treat injuries and taping ankles, etc. Although this is a very sad time, Emils exemplary work ethic and positive attitude will remain with me forever. I was very appreciative of the times we worked together. I only hope that enough of his positivity rubbed off on me and that I have been a reflection of what he taught me though his example. George Mohr

George Mohr Apr 6 2020 10:56 AM

Dear Nan, Susan and Sandra, Sue & I extend our deepest sympathy to you at Emil's passing. Emil and Nan were highly respected teachers at L.E. White Middle School when I was Allegan's high school principal 1968-78. We lived in the same neighborhood . . we on Brookside Dlr. and your family on Ely St. next to the Westside Pool. Susan & Sandy baby sat for our two young children then. Many fond memories. Again, our condolences. Bruce and Sue Rank in Kalamazoo, MI rankb@comcast.net

Robert Bruce Rank Apr 5 2020 10:38 AM

Dear Nan...we read with sadness of Emils passing. You and he are part of our best memories of the time we spent as neighbors in Glenn. Emil was always on tap for a good story, some great advice, or happenings in the neighborhood. Know that he and you and your family are in our prayers! Ed and Emily Zabrocki

Emily Zabrocki Apr 3 2020 4:36 PM

What a big loss for his family and the Allegan community. He was a great teacher, someone you wanted to respect and Could look up to.

John Tange Apr 1 2020 10:48 PM

So sorry for your loss, so glad you had him in your life for all these years... and now he will live in your hearts:heart:

Peg Curtis Apr 1 2020 10:39 PM

So very sorry for your loss, Mrs Tomanek, Sue and Sandy! Prayers for you all, Diane Keedle

Diane Keedle Apr 1 2020 10:25 PM

One of the most favorite teacher and coach for so many. Glenn had so much respect for him as a teacher, coach and person. Great memories. Please know (Mrs. Tomanek, Sandy & Sue) that you are all in our thoughts & prayers. Glenn and Sharon (Conley) Peters

Sharon Peters Apr 1 2020 8:40 PM

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