Obituary: Thomas Scott Bronsky

June 22, 1942 ~ December 11, 2022

Thomas Scott Bronsky, of Baileys Harbor born June 22, 1942 died on December 11th surrounded by family and friends. 

Tom was born in Chicago, IL and was a graduate of Senn High School where he was a member of the Senn High School Symphony Orchestra.   During that time, he attended 8-week sessions in violin and drama from 1957 through 1958 at the National Music Summer Camp, now known as the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

While pursuing his undergraduate degree at the University of IL- Champaign/Urbana he was a violinist and violaist with the University of IL orchestra.  This orchestra was selected for an extended cultural exchange tour of South America on behalf of the State Department.

Tom received a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He then spent thirty-one years as an administrative social worker in the Department of Veteran Affairs-initially as the Chief of the Day Treatment Center at the Clement Zablocki Veterans Administration Medical Center in Milwaukee for nearly sixteen years and as the Chief of Social Work at the Long Beach Veteran’s Administration Center in Long Beach, CA for fifteen years. Additionally, Tom was co-creator of Caring Together, a couple’s communication course designed for couples living with chronic illness.  It was through that program he met Michele his beloved spouse of nearly 38 years

Following his retirement from the VA and relocation to Door County, Tom served as the Director of Community Programs at The Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay.  He was an instrumental force in the development of the Fall Program and integrating the recruitment and expansion of volunteer opportunities. During his tenure at the Clearing Tom became known and often revered for his penchant for being a master of puns and bringing a large group to a groan.

Tom was an alumnus of Leadership Door County, was a frequent volunteer and served in leadership capacities in multiple non-profit organizations within the county. He also was the co-founder of the Door County Scottie Rally and was a recipient of the Scottish Terrier Club of America’s The Antonella Visconti di Modrone Health Advocate Award in 2018.

Tom is survived by the love of his life, Michele Geiger-Bronsky; and their Scottish Terriers- Sparky, Katie and Violet, brother, Eric (Michele) Bronsky, daughters, Robin (Bronsky) Skibicki, Julie (Bronsky) Newman and granddaughter, Annabelle Skibicki and many friends who shall miss him dearly. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Sol Bronsky and Mother, Eleanor (Lipman) Bronsky.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held June 24th , 2023 at the Bronsky home with details to be announced at a future  date. Memorial donations may be made to either the Door County Scottie Rally, Inc, The Clearing Folk School, or Wisconsin Public Radio.

Casperson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Sign online guestbook and offer condolences at