Thomas “Tom” Lee Hayenga
Thomas “Tom” Lee Hayenga, 58, of Loves Park, IL, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, in his home. He was born April 14, 1964, in Rockford, IL, the son of John “Jack” G. and Margaret “Pat” P. (Newell) Hayenga. He came from a family of six with two brothers and a sister. Graduated from Boylan High School, Class of 1982, and from Northern Illinois University in 1988 with a BS in Elementary Education and Teaching. He took the technical route when he served in the U.S. Navy as a Data Systems Technician from 1989 to 1995 serving two tours in Desert Storm and joined the corporate world in 1995. Employed by Northern Trust Bank as vice president of information services for 25 years. Member of St. Bridget Catholic Church. Tom enjoyed model planes, golfing, traveling, painting, and watching his great-niece and great-nephews sporting events. He was a great friend and colleague to many at Northern Trust Bank. Many people at Northern Trust can share great stories of Tom’s perseverance, determination, and he was never shy to offer an opinion. Beyond his role at Northern Trust – on a personal level, Tom was a friend and mentor to so many of us in Information Technology and around Northern Trust. Tom joined the Quarter Century Club with 25 years of service in August. After joining Northern Trust in 1997 as LAN administrator, Tom was promoted to Manager in Infrastructure Services in 2001. He then evolved to the PC/LAN space from 2007 to 2015 and moved to Manager, Infrastructure Windows in 2015 to 2020. In 2020, Tom took on the VDI space as Director managing the Engineering and Operations of more than 18K VDIs for partners and contractors. Aside from being an outstanding leader and friend at Northern Trust, Tom was close to his siblings, nieces, and nephews. He came from a family of artists, including a grandmother who mastered oil paintings and father who created masterful wood carvings and mother who detail painted the wood carvings, and followed in their steps, creating his own paintings. Tom loved golf, although his niece, Allison mentioned she outplayed him in their last couple of meets. He frequently took two-three mile or more brisk walks every day to “Zen” himself and enjoy nature. During the pandemic, Tom took up the building and painting model airplanes. His work was not only meticulous but depicted great beauty and craftsmanship. We will immensely miss Tom Hayenga, but we also want to take the time to celebrate his life. Many of us had the privilege to have a deep professional and personal friendship with Tom, and even those that had few interactions will understand Tom’s great story and contributions. Survivors include his brother, Raymond (Louisa) Hayenga of Carmel, IN; sister, Gail Hayenga of DeKalb, IL; nephews, Andrew Hayenga and Glenn (Mary) Stratton; niece, Allison (Patrick) Roe; great-niece, Tessa; and great-nephews, Joseph and Simon. Predeceased by his parents; and brother, Phillip Hayenga.
Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 600 Clifford Ave., Loves Park, IL, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. to service time. Burial in Roscoe Township Cemetery. Arrangements by Delehanty Funeral Home, 401 River Lane, Loves Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to Wounded Warrior Project.