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Obituary for Thomas ‘Moto’ Stanley Kwas

May 26, 1946 – Mar 24, 2023

Thomas Stanley Kwas, age 76, affectionately known to many as “Moto,” passed away surrounded by love, after a brief illness, at Ascension All Saints Hospital on Friday, March 24, 2023.

Thomas Stanley Kwas
Thomas Stanley Kwas

Tom was born in Racine, Wis., on May 26, 1946, to the late Theophile and Mary (nee: Rorek) Kwas. After high school, he faithfully served our country with the United States Army Reserves. In earlier years, he loved racing cars, was an avid skier, and also owned and managed the ‘Handlebar’ on Douglas Avenue. Tom was a very talented man. He was an accomplished carpenter and cabinet builder, with his handy work still in many homes and businesses throughout Racine County. He worked for Derse Exhibits, building and setting up trade show exhibits nationwide. After retirement, he continued using his skills with CCI part-time and enjoyed helping with whatever projects they needed him to do.

Tom was a passionate bowler! He bowled in several local leagues and many state and national tournaments, celebrating a few 300 games along the way. He also served on the board of directors for the Greater Racine Bowling Association from 2009-2016. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, working in his yard, many memorable bonfires, loved his music collection (also his newfound friend Alexa), and made the best pierogi! He was a lifelong Packers fan and cheered on the Brewers and Badgers too. Tom enjoyed binge-watching CSI, NCIS, and all the crime shows and was never without the love of a dog.

Surviving are his daughter, Roxanne (Nicholas) Flores; special companion and best friend of 19 years, Julie Adamski, and her children Stephanie (Troy) Engstrom, and Tony Adamski, and grandkids, Nick, Lukas, and Evelyn; brother, Ted Kwas; sister, Toni Schmidt; niece and nephews, Debbie Mills, Michael Kwas, and Damion Schmidt; many cousins and many, many dear friends.

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Brigitte Kwas; and brother-in-law, George Schmidt.

“Say not in grief, he is no more, but live in thankfulness that he was.”


A celebration of Moto’s life will be held at The Lanes on 20 bowling center (6501 Washington Ave. in Racine) on Saturday, April 15, 2023, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home.

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