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Thomas Wald

November 30, 1950 - July 02, 2012


9-10:00 A.M. Friday, July 6, 2012 at Hope Lutheran Church North Campus, Fargo.

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Memorial Service: 10:00 A.M. Friday, July 6, 2012 at Hope Lutheran Church North Campus, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Thomas Wald

November 30, 1950 - July 02, 2012


Tom passed away, unexpectedly, on July 2nd, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes, MN at the age of 61.

Tom was born November 30th, 1950, in Bismarck, ND, to Frank and Rose Wald. Originally from Napoleon, ND, Tom received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Mayville State University.  Tom was a music teacher in North Dakota for thirty-seven years, teaching in Rock Lake, Linton, Central Cass and Fargo Public Schools.   He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.  His charismatic personality, humor and love for life touched and inspired the lives of all who were fortunate enough to know him.   

Tom is survived by his wife, Deb Wald, his son and daughter-in-law Brady and Andrea Wald and their sons Vincent and Carson, his daughter and son-in-law Kara and Brian Jorvig and their daughter Kiah and expected Baby J, his daughter Adrienn Halland and his daughter and son-in-law Samantha and Chris Bachmeier.  He is also survived by his siblings Duane, Carol, Allyn and Darlene.

Contributions for the Tom Wald Music Scholarship may be sent to the Creative Arts Studio at 1430 S. 7th St., Fargo, ND 58103. Make checks payable to the Creative Arts Studio.


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191 responses to “Thomas Wald”

  1. Zach Holman says:

    Mr. Wald helped lead me towards music while at Discovery more than a decade ago. Music lead to best friends and amazing experiences at Fargo South, and, in part, the life I lead today, so many years later.

    Thank you so much for that. You’ve made an impact, Mr. Wald.

  2. Michael Burgad says:

    Michele and my thoughts and prayers go out to Tom’s family. Unfortunately and regretfully, we had not seen Tom in many years. Our very best wishes and prayers.
    Cousin Michael Burgad

  3. Barbara Wilson-DeLange says:

    Dear Deb and Family,
    God takes the ones we love, but the ones he needs. May Tom looke down and protect you all and keep guiding the voices in heaven.
    My prayers are with you.
    Barbara Wilson-DeLange
    Ellendale, ND

  4. Michelle (Antoine) Grawe says:

    Lakota ND
    Deb- I am so glad to see all the wonderful stories being shared on this forum and words to offer you encouragement in the months ahead. I want to encourage you as well. Please stay in touch and contact me anytime. After losing my husband in the same manner last year, it was nice to have others that understood only a phone call away. God has blessed you and will continue to bless you. 701-793-7933

  5. Larry and Corinne Nelson says:

    Salem WisconsinDear Deb and family,
    Larry and I were devastated to hear about Tom’s death. I taught with Tom at Central Cass and thought he was a fabulous teacher and person. Larry and I wanted you to know our prayers are with your entire family at this time.

  6. Mike Seil says:

    Bismarck ND
    I’m so sorry to learn of your loss. Deb, you and your family are in our prayers.

  7. Barbara Nagle says:

    Moorhead MN
    To Deb and Family- I just returned to town to hear the shocking news about Tom. I worked with him at Carl Ben Eielson. Even though he was a high-energy guy, he always stopped in the hallway and took the time to ask how things were going. He was genuinely interested in people- colleagues, students, family. His eyes showed it. He always had something upbeat to say to others. He was a gem of a guy and he will be missed. May God bless your family with great memories of a dynamic man- someone with passion for music and everything life had to offer. He will be rockin’ the heavens and just waiting for you to someday join his celebration.

  8. David & Patsy Madsen says:

    Hunter ND
    Deb and families,
    We were so sorry to hear about Tom. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we extend our sincere sympathy to all of you.

  9. Mary Pat Archuleta says:

    Bismarck ND
    Good Morning Deb and family!

    I am so very saddened to hear that you lost your husband, Tom. I heard from Rebecca Raber that he passed away suddenly and remembered that you said that your family was looking forward to time together and that retirement wasn’t too far off. Oh, how life throws us these curves!

    Please know that I am thinking of you at this very difficult and trying time, Deb and that I offer up my prayers for strength to understand it all. Most of us don’t know the depth of this kind of grief. I want to let you and your kids know that the family and friends in your life love you and are praying. What I do know is that you are one strong woman–one I truly admire. I know your children and grandchildren will be a wonderful source of comfort. Be well and know that we have you in our hearts!
    Best wishes~
    Mary Pat Archuleta and family

  10. Marv and Babe Mortenson says:

    Bagley MN
    Deb, We would like to express our deepest sympathy. The loss of Tom will surely be felt by many but not more than by you and your family. He was a great guy — talented, sincere, kind and with a wonderful sense of humor. Mort and I remember the day he hired the two of you. He said we hit a bonus, getting both a great choir director and a band instructor. You were a musically talented team and the Fargo District benefitted greatly. May the wonderful memories you have of Tom be a comfort to you now and in the upcoming months. We wish we could have been with you Friday but we had a houseful of Iowa relatives visiting and couldn’t get away. However, our thoughts were definitely with you.

  11. David and Kandy Hartson says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    Deb, Adrienn, and Samantha and Family,

    We are so sorry to have read of Tom’s passing in The Fargo Forum. Please know that our thoughts and concerns are with you during this difficult time.

  12. Dawn Chisholm (Lambert) says:

    Hawley MN
    Deb and family, So sorry to hear about Tom’s death. My heart aches for you all. I pray for peace and hope for an eternal life reunion. God Bless.

  13. Karla (Miller) McDougal says:

    Hilliard OHI am so sorry for you and your families loss! My prayers are with you. Mr. Wald was an inspiring teacher and mentor to me at CCHS! His passion for music was contagious! My best high school memories were given to me by Mr. Wald. I remeber when he started our Folk Group, we all sang and he played acoustic guitar. I loved watching the smile on his face singing and strumming away! He could so easily make people happy with his music! This world is a better place because of Mr. Wald. He brought so much joy to many in a short life time. God Bless!

  14. Jackie Mitzel says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Mrs. Wald,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband. He was such a joyful and loving man. What a great musician and talented teacher he was! I know he is and will be greatly missed by thousands of people whose lives he positively influenced!

    Please know that you and all of his loved ones have been and continue to be in my prayers. I cannot begin to imagine the pain of the grieving process you all are in the midst of. May God comfort you and show you His presence with you during this difficult time.

    Jackie Mitzel

  15. Kirsten Johnson says:

    Park River ND
    Deb Wald, Tom was such a great man. He was always happy! I had Tom as my judge for the past 3 years at music contest and he was so joyful. My prayers go out to you and your family.

  16. Jamie (Eck) Bruns says:

    Will never forget his smiling face. My heart goes out to the family at this time. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Mr. Wald.

  17. Peggy Bartunek says:

    Grafton ND
    Dear Deb and family,

    I’m so sorry to learn of Tom’s death. I knew Tom as an adjudicator for my small vocal ensembles. My Grafton High School students and I were always thrilled to have him as our adjudicator because he was so POSITIVE, ENERGETIC, WELCOMING, WARM and INSPIRING. He will be missed by so many.

    My deepest sympathies.

    Peggy Bartunek

  18. Lorrie Hylden says:

    Park River ND
    Hi Deb and family,

    I was so sad to hear of Tom’s passing. My own children have been judged by him at contests and loved him and you as well. I have enjoyed watching you both work with all of our students from Park River. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Lorrie Hylden
    Park River School

  19. Jeannine Johnson says:

    St. Louis Park MN
    I was deeply saddened to hear of Tom’s passing, but the first thing that came to mind was” music and laughter” as I thought back to Central Cass High School. Tom was one of those people in my life that was a teacher, a mentor, a friend. His expectation of “excellence” in music education fostered many to blossom their talent and continue to touch lives for generations in the same way.

    His song will always be sung in my heart.
    Thank you Tom for your life, fully lived, fully loved.

  20. Sue Peterson says:

    Fargo ND
    So sorry to learn of the loss of your father. May the wonderful memories of him be a source of comfort to you and your family during this difficult time and in the years to come. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Retired M-State instructor

  21. Barb kjono says:

    fargo ndDeb and family

    So sorry to hear about your loss, you and your family will be im our prayers

    Barbara Kjono

  22. David Hoffman says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    Dear Deb , I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Wald was a great muscian and friend. He was a great teacher and friend for me at Central Cass HIgh School . He will be deeply missed, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  23. Trudy Fraase Wolf says:

    Zeeland ND
    I was very shocked to hear of Tom’s passing…..so sudden. I think of the last time I saw him, at the region VI small group festival in Edgeley. My students always enjoyed having him for a judge. He was so personable and supportive. My deepest sympathies to the family.

  24. Darlene (Wald) Eldred says:

    My heart is so sad….I will miss you and love you forever, dear brother!

  25. Alan Young says:

    Ypsilanti MichiganDear Deb,

    I am very saddend to hear of your loss.
    May you receive Peace.

  26. Ona Bures says:

    Flasher ND
    Deb–I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  27. nealul andrew says:

    fargo ndDear Mrs. Wald, I’m so sorry about your loss. i know how much Mr. Wald meant to you. He was your best friend and you always had sparkles in your eye as you talked about him. We will miss him dearly and your former choir students as well as your current students are always here for you. we love you and know you are strong.

  28. Katie Rodacker says:

    Moorhead MN
    My deepest sympathy. Mr. Wald was a wonderful man. His family will be in my prayers.
    With Love,

  29. Lowell and LaVerne Niklaus says:

    Detroit Lakes MnDeb, Brady, Kara, Adriene, Samantha and families. Allyn and Anne and family,

    Our heartfelt and sincere sympathy to you all! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We go way back to Linton when the guys taught together and oh the fun we had! Aye, aye, aye Tom would say!! He always greeted me with the same German phase ” vee gades”
    (how’s it going)..then he would laugh! We usually had to talk a little German! It was always nice to see you guys in DL also! Call sometime Deb!
    May the many memories bring you comfort and a smile in the days ahead!
    Rest in Peace Old Friend!

  30. Ryan Bohnsack says:

    Fargo I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Tom, he was a great guy. I am glad I got to know him through Deb during our time in Hillsboro.

    My deepest sympathies to the entire family.

  31. Stephanie David Baasch says:

    Buffalo ND
    Death leaves a heart ache no one can heal,
    Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Deb, you and Tom had that love–God bless you and your family.

  32. JoLynn Keller says:

    Bismarck ND
    You probably don’t remember me, but I teach vocal music at Shiloh School in Bismarck, ND
    . I just read an email about the unexpected passing of your husband. I cannot say I know what you are feeling yet I will remember your family in my prayers as you walk through the weeks and months ahead adjusting to the loss of a husband, father, brother, grandpa, and friend. God is in control even though it doesn’t seem like it. He will carry you and your family through this difficult time.

  33. Craig Olson says:

    West Fargo ND
    Deb & family,
    My sympathy goes out to you and family. What a shocker to hear of Tom’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss and I sure wished that I would have been able to be at the memorial service.

    God Bless you in your tough time ahead.

  34. Brian Paul says:

    Flower Mound TXOur deepest sympathy to the entire Thomas Wald Family, your in our prayers!

  35. Sara Hagen says:

    Dear Deb and family,

    I was so saddened to hear of your sudden loss. Please know that my heart and prayers are with you.

    Sara Hagen

  36. Kari (Klingenstein) Barlund says:

    Frazee MN
    I was very saddened to hear of the passing of such a wonderful person. My high school daugher recently asked me who my favorite teacher was and my reply was “Mr. Wald”. He made learning so enjoyable, was always upbeat, kind, and there for you. My deepest sympathy to the family.

  37. Rick Johnson says:

    Moorhead MN
    Deb…This is Rick from The Harley Shop..I am so sorry for your loss.I feel fortunate to have known Tom and to consider him and you friends..Here is my phone number if you ever need anything or just to talk…(218) 443-4960

  38. Wyatt & Rachel Heyerman says:

    Harwood ND
    Deb and family, We are so saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. We can still hear Tom’s tremendous laugh coming from the halls of the CCHS music room. Tom and his family will be in our prayers.

  39. Mike Rockne says:

    Wahpeton My thoughts and prayers are with you Deb. I loved the times we would spend together at contests. Tom will be greatly missed. He has touched the lives of so many people in a positive way.

  40. Celia Schmaltz says:

    Bismarck Deb, I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know that I will be keeping your family in my prayers.

  41. Mary Wieers says:

    Deb and family
    So sorry for your loss, Mr.Wald was a great man and loved by main. He brought a lot to CCHS. your are in my prayers.

  42. David A. Sola says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    My sympathy to you and all your families.
    May God’s strength guide through this difficult time.


  43. Beryl Kirschner says:

    So very sorry for the family’s loss. You are in our thoughts.

  44. Ed Stahl says:

    Chandler AZ
    Golly, what a shock, Brady & Andrea! I saw you recently as I was in process of returning my wife’s cremains to ND
    for burial. Now, you are presented with a similar challenge. My condolences to you two and your two children, for losing your dad and grandpa at such a young age. I’m so sorry for your loss!

  45. Lacey Hanson says:

    Center ND

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Tom. Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


  46. Alan, Melinda & Jameson Schadler says:

    So sorry to hear of Tom’s unexpected passing. He was a great man who inspired many students to excel. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Deb and family.

  47. Susan Brudvik says:

    Dear Sam and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I know that Tom was very special to you! Please know that I am thinking of you and your family and hoping that you are comforted by many happy memories! God bless.

  48. Julie Burgum says:

    Casselton ND
    Deb and family,
    Some of the most memorable concerts I enjoyed were at the Casselton school gym with Mr. Wald as director. My sons were fortunate to appreciate music and performance through Tom. He had a passion for music the enlightened his students. Deb, I know the difficulty of losing a spouse so suddenly. May God grant you strength and peace and joyful memories of Tom’s legacy.

  49. Tom Porter says:

    Bismarck ND
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of mourning and farewell. May God comfort you in the shadow of his wings.

  50. Robin Allebach says:

    Moorhead MN
    Dear Deb & Family,

    I was so saddened to hear of your loss. Although no words can truly help to ease the loss you bear, know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. You have my sincere condolences.

    Robin Allebach

  51. Wendel & Ruth VanWechel says:

    Mayville North Dakota
    Deb and family, our condolences to you on your loss. Ruth and I became good friends of Tom when he came to Mayville State and always enjoyed catching up on things when you came to Mayville to judge at the Music contest. We will miss Tom. Take care and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you-all.

  52. Monica Nielson says:

    Fargo ND
    I was shocked to hear of Tom’s passing. Tom was a coworker at both Agassiz and Carl Ben and a very special band teacher to 2 of my boys. I remember in 6th grade
    Campbell was trying all different instruments to play and Tom suggested the Tuba just by watching how Campbell tried to play other instruments. Campbell continued his school years playing the Tuba and will be playing next year in the Bison Gold Star Marching Band. Tom’s zest of life and bright smile will be missed by all that new him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tom’s family. God Bless!

    Loren,Monica,Campbell&Cody Nielson

  53. Robin Allebach says:

    Moorhead MN
    Dear Deb & Family,

    I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Although no words can truly help to ease the loss you bear, know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. You have my sincere condolences.

    Robin Allebach

  54. Duane & Geri Voit says:

    Dilworth MN
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  55. Jerry Fletschock says:

    Tom was a wonderful person and touched so many hearts in many ways! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you!

  56. Charlette Moe says:

    Dear Deb and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers, sympathies, and thoughts are with you!


  57. Julie (Madsen) Aas says:

    Deb, and family~ I hope you are able to find comfort in some way during this difficult time. Please know you have an army of people praying for you. Tom was an inspirational person and will be missed by many.

  58. Verna Lindvall says:

    McVille ND
    Deb and Family,

    Several of my students over the years have had the opportunity to have Tom adjudicate their performances at Regional and State festivals. I always appreciated how positive and encouraging he was with them. I could tell that that’s the kind of person he was….patient, upbeat, and caring about students and their education. I can only imagine how shocking and painful this loss is for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Verna Lindvall

  59. Jane and Ross Sivertson says:

    St. John ND
    Both shocked and saddened by the loss of Tom. Ross really enjoyed golfing with him and he always made us feel so welcome with his warm friendly smile. We feel privileged to have known him and for us,
    Little Toad won’t ever be quite the same. Our prayers are with you both, Deb.

    Jane and Ross Sivertson

  60. Mike Bartle says:

    Edgeley ND
    I volunteered for the priviledge of keeping Tom on schedule during music competitions. If he gave half as much to life as he gave to the kids in the few minutes he had with each group, wow. There was much to learn by listening to him talk to the kids, and some of it was about music.
    I wish you well, he will be missed.

  61. Sarah Hochhalter Reese says:

    Bakersfield CaSome of us have known Tom, though years ago, and have lost connection because of distance and “life”.. just amazing to read about the touch he had in so many lives…not a surprise. May God be with you Deb, the children and Tom’s sister and brothers. Our prayers will be with you tomorrow and as the days go on. Sarah and Aaron Reese

  62. Marty, Barb & Cydney Berlinger says:

    Deb & Wald Family — We were so very sad to hear of Tom’s passing. He was such a big influence on Cydney and helped her find her love for playing Jazz. She was so fortunate to have had such a wonderful teacher and mentor during her middle school years. He truly let the kids shine and you could tell he loved every minute teaching and sharing his music by his actions and the ever present smile on his face. Marty & I will always remember dropping Cydney off at school early in the morning for Jazz band practice — he would be at the door waiting for the kids to arrive with his coffee cup in hand and waving as the parents dropped the kids off — again always with a smile. He even joked about it at one concert when he said he hoped parents were just waving back and not with one finger. Please know his music will live on in every student he touched — and as parents we couldn’t have asked for a better teacher then Mr. Wald! Deb — Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you! Barb, Marty & Cydney Berlinger

  63. Rachel Aho says:

    Chicago, IL I will always remember Mr. Wald’s energy and passion for music and how he never gave up on us as students. Whether playing in the musical pit band, in sectionals, or during guitar lessons, Mr. Wald always was there cheering us on along the way. It’s because of people like him that I pursued my music degree and continue to be involved in music. He continues to be an inspiration.

  64. Greg and Rae Moan says:

    Deb and family,
    We were shocked and saddened to hear about Tom’s passing. His love of life and warm personality were evident everytime we saw him. He will be missed at LTLC. Our prayers are with you during this unbelievably sad time.

  65. Al & Dianne Meader says:

    Moorhead Minnesota
    Deb and Family
    We are so sorry to hear of Toms passing. We have so many wonderful memories from LTLC. Tom alwasys had a smile wheather he was mowing the campground or helping out in the Lodge, every one loved you Tom. We will keep your family in our prayers
    Al & Dianne Meader

  66. John & Sharon Matejcek says:

    Fargo It was a shock to hear about Tom but we remember the times at Little Toad Lake sitting around outside talking and the entertaining times with Tom & Deb singing. The party for his retirement was well attended and I never saw him on his motorcycle but I know he rode off in style like he had planned. Tom will be missed and he made a difference in many lives-always a big smile and the world is a better place because of him.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Tom’s very large family.

  67. Olive & Richard Jacobson says:

    Fargo ND
    Our sincere sympathy to Tom’s family. Siblings will remember me as Olive Nelson.

  68. Donald Carter Kress says:

    Williston ND

    You may remember me as the theater technical director at Discovery in the late 1990’s.

    After leaving FPS in 2004 and spending several years in California, I now live in Williston and am involved in the oil boom here.

    I just happened to read the online Forum today.

    I remember doing a number of concerts with Tom, which were always marked by his musical talents and his enthusiasm for working with the students.

    I know the Discovery staff is very supportive and will help you through this.

    Please feel free to contact me if I can do anything for you.

    Donald Carter Kress

  69. Ken Klingenstein says:

    Casselton, ND
    Sorry for your loss Deb. You have my sympathy Deb and family.

  70. Shari Erickson says:

    Deb and family, Was so shocked to receive the news about Tom’s death. Losing a family member in anyway is hard, but when it is so sudden, it is so shocking. I loved working with Tom and providing the goodies he liked so much to eat was always fun because he would always tell me how much he enjoyed them. I am honored to call Tom and friend and also a very special teacher to my children, who were so blessed to have him as a music teacher. He was a very special person, who touched countless young musicians. Now through all to those lives, his children and grandchildren he will be always remembered and because of him “What a Wonderful World” we have.

    Shari, Dave, Ben, Jake and Emily Erickson

  71. Jasmine (L'Ecuyer) Stefanik says:

    Fort Hood TXMrs. Wald and Family, I was so very sorry to hear of your loss. Though I did not know Mr. Wald personally, I was in 8th and 9th grade Choir at Discovery and, Mrs. Wald, though you don’t remember me, I remember you and how you always motivated me to try harder in everything I did. I will be unable to be there however, I will be praying for all of you tomorrow.


  72. Alan and Bev Plummer says:

    Moorhead Minnesota
    Your love of life made it very easy to be a friend of yours.
    We will miss you so much.
    Love you,
    Alan and Bev

  73. Patty Cummings says:

    West Fargo ND
    Dear Deb and Family,
    I was truly lucky to have worked with Tom at Agassiz and Carl Ben Eielson. I would walk by the band room each morning and could always tell before I got to the room that it was Tom who was conducting because he always had the students rocking out! I think he was one of the nicest human beings. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  74. Mary (Altendorf) Mattson says:

    Deb and Family,
    While I was a student of yours in Hillsboro, I actually remember when you began dating and later married Tom. What I remember the most was how happy you seemed to be. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

  75. Maryjane Martens says:

    West Fargo Deb and the Wald Family,

    I’m sorry I will not be able to join you for Tom’s memorial, but want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. As difficult as it is, there is much to be celebrated about Tom’s life and the moments we were able to share with him.

    I taught with Tom at both Agassiz and CBE middle schools and found him an enlightened and supportive colleague. When I think of Tom, the word contagious bests suits his humor, zest for life, love of family, passion for music and genuine concern for his students. Whether in passing at our mailboxes, or a discussion in the lounge, Tom always added positively to a person’s day. He will be missed.


  76. Colleen Baumgarten says:

    How ironic that I have been trying to go thru “stuff” and have made piles of –yes, school stuff–of our 3 kyds and of course there are pictures, programs, etc…from CCHS and we had just been talking about their music days and then Jen saw on FB that you, Tom had made your way to join the heavenly angels. My own father died at age 56 from massive heart attack and I still remember the day he died–51 yrs. ago yesterday!! Sincere sympathy to Deb and the Wald family!!!! Hang on to the many wonderful memories!!!

  77. Sarah Schlotterback says:

    West Fargo ND

    How sad I was to receive the news of Tom’s death via e-mail from Denese. I just wanted you to know I am thinking of you at this very difficult time. I will be praying for peace and comfort for you and your family.

    Sarah Schlotterback

  78. Pam (Graffis) Priem says:

    Glyndon MN
    I give you this one thought to keep –
    I am with you still – I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the sweet uplifting rush,
    of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft starts that shine at night.
    Do not think of me as gone –
    I am with you still in each new dawn.

    Tom, you were the nicest man anyone could meet. Always happy, smiling, and had a positive energy. God speed Tom. Prayers and Love to the entire Wald Family.

  79. Janessa (Gohdes) Smith says:

    MapletonI am so sorry for this loss. Mr. Wald was the one reason that I ever sang in front of people and he encouraged me to believe in myself. He was also a great role model for me as a trumpet player. I was so saddened to hear of his passing. My prayers are with your family!

  80. Shelley (Anderson) Jilek says:

    Marion IADeb – my sympathies to you and your family.. just reading through the messages here makes me realize I missed the opportunity to know a great man… My heart goes out to you Deb, as I know how the suddenness of this feels. I hope for you the strength of your family and friends as they surround you now.. Lean on them, rely on the hopeful message of your faith, and know that my prayers are for your comfort.

  81. Sue (Renschler) Kruckenberg says:

    Mandan ND
    My sympathies to the Wald family. “Mr. Wald” was our band director in Linton 30+ years ago. He made band fun! Thank you “Mr. Wald”. RIP.

  82. Vince & Mabel Dalke says:

    West Fargo North Dakota
    We would like to share our sympathy with Tom’s family. He was our neighbor at Linton, ND
    . We moved to West Fargo and met again as we had some quick visits when he shopped at Sam’s Club. (Mabel was one of the demonstrators). We cherish our memories.

  83. John & Judy Syverson says:

    Fargo ND
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    John & Judy

  84. Dale Bachmeier says:

    St. Paul MN
    Deb and all,
    I want to express my deepest sympathies to you about Tom’s death. I remember fondly many days of music classes in Casselton. He was a good man and I know he will be missed. I will keep him and you all in my prayers.

  85. Jenny (Ewertz) Silbernagel says:

    So sorry to hear about Tom…know you’re in our prayers.


  86. Victoria Simonsen says:

    Lyons COAdrienn and Family,

    Our thoughts go out to you and your family during this very difficult time. Please know that we are thinking of you and hope you can find comfort in the wonderful memories that you have of Tom.

  87. Jerry and Jane Feigum says:

    Barnesville MN
    Deb, Brady, Kara, Adrienn, Samantha and all family members,
    I am reliving so many memories of Tom going back to when we were in high school together. Even then, Tom was a born leader, a larger-than-life personality, full of energy and fun, talented at anything he wanted to do!! We shared so much, and it is so gratifying to read all the tributes from some of the lives he has touched! Teaching music is a passion, and Tom was so good because he was always passionate! Tom was a true best friend, best man at our wedding, and a friend for life! Our sincere condolences to all of you – so glad you were blessed to have Tom in your lives! To us who knew him he will always be alive in our memories and smiling that big smile! Love, Jane and Jerry Feigum

  88. Nemer Family says:

    Deb and Family,

    We were so heartbroken to hear about Tom. We will remember him fondly holding his guitar with that big smile at choir concerts. He was such an inspiration to us…especially Karly and Sara…as were you, Deb. What a wonderful addition to heaven’s chorus he will be. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all. With love….

  89. Kathy and Terry Suedel says:

    Fargo ND
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  90. Teri Smith says:

    My condolences to your family. He was a good man.

  91. Rick & Brenda Backlund says:

    Moorhead MnDeb & Family
    Our Deepest Sympathy for you & your Family. Tom’s welcoming & friendly smile will be greatly missed at LTLC.
    Our Thoughts & Prayers will be with you.

  92. Shannon Monroe says:

    Moorhead MN
    See you again someday. Thanks for the friendship. God bless.

  93. Brian Bubach says:

    Dear Deb and Family,

    God’s peace to you during this time. We have lost a tremendous leader, teacher, musician and friend.

    In reading through this guestbook, numbers have touched on how Tom cultivated music and education. May you find comfort and strength in knowing that so many respect and loved Tom because he brought the best out of us.


  94. Katie Wangstad says:

    Fargo, ND
    I am shocked and mourning your loss. Tom was a wonderful colleague and a teacher who really cared about and listened to kids. Tom’s enthusiasm for music, teaching, and life was evident in the classroom every day. I know, because my daughter was blessed to have him for band. He inspired and encouraged her to believe in herself. When you saw Tom, he would have a spring in his step and he reminded me of the energizer bunny. It was no secret how much he loved his beautiful wife, Deb. Family was truly important to him. When I walked around the block tonight and heard the fireworks, I couldn’t help but think that maybe Tom had switched from playing guitar for show choir to drums for the evening of the 4th! His smile, tunes, and passion for education will be missed. He made a difference in so many lives.

  95. Dan Kathy Sarah & Josh Schlicht says:

    fargo ndDear Deb and family,
    So very sorry to hear about Tom, he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

  96. Dan, Lori Jo, John, Jesse & Stephanie Plambeck says:

    Mr. Wald’s Family,
    We were blessed to have Mr. Wald as a teacher for all 3 of our children. He was an awesome teacher and an even better person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  97. Jon Starkey says:

    Napoleon ND
    To the Wald Family:
    Jerry. Jane, and I extend our deepest sympathy. We are all deeply saddend with the loss of a great and dear friend. The memories of Tom will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Bless you all!

  98. Loree and Dale Halverson says:

    Casselton ND
    Today we watched the tape of First Impression playing at LTCG on 7-4-92. What memories of than and all through the years when we got to know him at Central Cass. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  99. Joel and Karly Hubbard says:

    Mrs. Wald and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Mr. Wald was a wonderful man and he will be greatly missed.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Karly Nemer-Hubbard and Joel Hubbard

  100. Debbie Sorrells says:

    Fargo ND
    I am so sorry for your loss, Mrs. Wald. I will always remember your husband for his enthusiasm when he taught my son Cameron Sorrells in band at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School. I remember that was the year Cameron was first chair clarinet at All-State Band. I attribute Cameron’s success in his clarinet playing to Mr. Wald’s teaching. He was a phenominal band teacher. Thank you, Mr. Wald. You will be missed…

  101. Tim & Tami Mehl says:

    Fargo ND
    He really did have a charismatic personality. Also a kind man who would befriend and help others. He was an inspiration in many ways and we both were very fortunate to have had him touch our lives. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

  102. Tiffany (Heyerman) Robbins says:

    Kodiak AKDeb & Wald Family
    My sincere sympathy to you a great man, teacher of music & life taken way to soon. Mr Wald will always be remembered I feel blessed to have been taught by such an inspiring teacher! I will never forget the beautiful music you both shared with so many! May God hold you in the palm of his hand!

  103. Ken & Patty Bernier says:

    Horace ND
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wald family. Tom’s smile and wave will be missed at LTLC. May God bless you all.

  104. JUNE CALDERWOOD says:

    Casselton ND
    So sorry to hear about Tom..Our heart and prayers go out to all the family..

    Dave and June Calderwood

  105. Keih and Sandra Kiser says:

    Fargo ND
    Our sympathy & prayers go out to you Deb and your family.
    We really enjoyed the misic you & Tom provided for both of our children’s weddings & the Christmas parties for LTLC.
    We will miss Tom very much. We enjoyed his enthusiam & friendlyness and his last concert at the Lake.
    God Bless.

  106. Neil and Lindsey Tafelmeyer says:

    Deb and family, we are so blessed that we got to know Tom. He will be very much missed!!! Please know that we love you and we’re praying for you. Hugs and prayers from Bismarck!
    ~Neil and Lindsey

  107. Lynell Wagenman says:

    New York NYDeb and family – I’m shocked and saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a truly great man and remarkable educator. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  108. Craig and Julie Dallmann says:

    Argusville ND
    Deb and family. We are sorry to hear of your loss. Tom will be missed, and we were fortunate to know him.

  109. Elizabeth (Pfingsten) Evenson says:

    Shoreview, MN
    Tom was always an upbeat, smiley, positive person. I remember having the opportunity to play with the Casselton band at a tournament one year. I also remember practicing piano at the school one time and he was sitting outside the door. When I finished, he was so positive and complimentary. Such a friendly, kind man. Many memories of him at the lake when I would visit my aunt. I am so very sorry for your loss, Wald family. May the memories of Tom lift you and comfort you in the weeks to come.

  110. DUANE WALD says:


  111. Kathy Fisher says:

    Deb,, Samantha, and all of Tom’s family–You are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray you find strength and comfort from your faith, friends, and family. You shared a special bond and a special love–many wonderful memories to treasure. Tom’s life was too short but it was a great life that impacted many. I do not have adequate words but I want you to know how much I care and that my heart is full of sympathy.

  112. Jean & Kevin Syverson says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Deb & Family,
    We were so shocked and saddened to hear the news of Tom’s death. We wanted you to know what a wonderful person – and couple we have always known you to be. We camped at LTC 14 summers, and have such wonderful memories of being there with you. You have been in our prayers since we heard, and will continue to be. Carol & Cam, our hearts go out to you, too. Love, Kevin, Jean, Brady & Carly Syverson

  113. Carmen (Greff) Augustin says:

    Crystal ND
    I have wonderful memories of Tom teaching music in Linton ND
    years ago. He was so patient & kind. Favorite music teacher of all times. I had no musical talents but he created some for me.

  114. Mark Kolstad says:

    Fargo I am deeply sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. At Agassiz, then at Carl Ben Eielson, he spread light to every corner of the building. Tom was smart, he was fun, and he sincerely cared about everyone he knew. He will be missed but never forgotten.

  115. Gloria and Harlan Nundahl says:

    Fargo ND
    We are going to miss you Tom. You always had a smile and friendly hello all the years we have known you. Cody and Jacob will miss you to, as you always stopped to talk to them and ask how they were doing. Jacob especially enjoyed your music and the other night during a thunder storm he told me, that was Tom and his band up in heaven playing. Goodby Tom we will always remember you. See you in heaven.
    Harlan and Gloria

  116. Jennifer (Bugge) Fleis says:

    Holmen WIDeb and family,
    So sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. Sending prayers to you all!

  117. Vic Youngs says:

    Fargo ND
    Deb, Samantha and the rest of Tom’s Family, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Tom always had time to visit with me a bit in the teacher’s lounge at SC II when he was subbing or visiting Deb. Even though our kids didn’t have the chance to have Tom as a teacher, he had a strong impact on our son David. Tom suggested that the trombone would be a good fit for David, and he was right!
    Tom was a fine educator, musician, and an excellent role model for all on how to be a well rounded individual.
    Tom will be missed by all.
    -Vic and Missy Youngs

  118. Stacey (Ertelt) Lentz says:

    Fargo ND
    I will always remember the annual Talent Shows at CCHS…Mr. Wald always a key player in their success!! Swing Choir was a wonderful group to be a part of, too!
    Haven’t seen him in years but remember him fondly! Blessings to the family he left behind too soon.

  119. Pam & Jerry Ross says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Tom’s death. Our hearts go out to his family and to Carol and Cam. We used to camp at Little Toad Tom had his music playing and we would dance in the yard, we think of Tom when we hear some of those songs now. When we would see him years later he would remember our kids and ask about them.
    Tom was a very nice man.
    Jerry and Pam Ross

  120. Carol Geritz (Wald) says:

    You will always be in my heart. I will always hear you singing and calling me “Sweet Caroline”. You could always make me laugh when I was having a down day. I loved watching movies with you and going to the movies with you. Will miss that. You were there for me in thick and thin. Cam and I will miss you.

    Love you forever. Your sister, Carol

  121. Kaitlyn Nolte says:

    Mrs.Wald and Family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. The three years i spent with Mr. Wald as my band teacher were life changing. He not only helped me become a better musician, but encouraged me to do my best. He is missed and loved.

  122. Sue Bugge says:

    Tama IADeb and family,
    So very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing.
    Our hearts go out to you. Love you!!!

  123. Sherry Warner Seefeld says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Deb and Sam,
    My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with you as you grieve the lose of such and wonderful, kind and beautiful person whom you loved so very much.

    I am so sorry I am unable to attend services since I am out of state but know you are held close in my prayers.

  124. Andrea Severson says:

    Olympia WADeb and family, I am so sad to hear of your loss. I remember meeting Tom for the first time and how much energy and happiness he brought to those around him. It was amazing to see your joy, Deb, in having Tom in your life. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers…

  125. Don and Sue Olson says:

    West Fargo ND
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you right now.

  126. Michael & Rebecca Raber says:

    Fargo ND
    Our deep condolences to you, Deb, and your family in this difficult time. May you find comfort in your wonderful family and great support in the many colleagues and students who knew and loved Tom. If you need anything, let us know.

    Michael & Rebecca

  127. Teresa Tester says:

    Deb and Family,
    I am shocked to hear of your loss.
    Tom was an amazing man. He always had a smile on his face and a skip in his step. I will miss seeing his smiling face walking into the salon. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  128. Mark Stack says:

    Moorhead MN
    My condolences to Deb and the family of Tom. I taught with Tom at Agassiz, and Carl Ben Eielson. I loved visiting with Tom at school because he was friendly, his quick wit, and most of all his up beat attitude. I always came away from our visits with a smile on my face. That is how Tom will forever be remembered in my heart.

  129. Tom Young says:

    Grand Forks ND
    Deb and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I pray that you’ll experience God’s strong comfort coming to you through your friends and those who love you.

  130. Sheila Zinke says:

    Valley City ND
    Dear Deb and family,
    I just read the paper a few minutes ago and I am in such complete and utter shock.
    Tom was such a gifted musician and inspirational teacher. My heartfelt condolences to you all.
    Sheila Zinke

  131. Gayle Hyde says:

    Fargo ND
    Deb — I was shocked and saddened to hear about Tom. I am out of town in NC, but my thoughts and prayers are with you, Samantha, and the rest of your family. Tom, as you know, was an amazing man. He made a difference in the lives of many children including my own. I spent many mornings having a cup of coffee with Tom in the Agassiz lounge before going in to teach for the day. He made every day better.

  132. Jeff, Pam, Jacob and Cody Triebold says:

    Tom will be greatly missed by everyone because he had a special way of touching eveyone’s heart. We will miss his smile and his greetings at Little Toad Lake.

  133. Elroy and Jean Ackerman says:

    West Fargo ndWe feel for your loss, Deb and family. The band that played at the Christmas Parties of LTLC was one the best we have had the pleasure to listen and dance to. Tom’s voice was such an addition to your voice, Deb. He will be missed at the campground. When he walked into a room, one could feel the electicity that he emitted. May God be with you and yours.

  134. Erlys Paul says:

    Dear Debbie and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy. God bless and comfort you during this difficult time and in the days ahead. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

  135. Lucia Jacobson says:

    Leeds ND
    This is such a shock, Deb. He was always such a nice, fun guy and full of life. I can’t imagine how hard this is for you! My thoughts and prayers are with you. He will truly be missed.

  136. Stacie & Garth, Garret, and Paige Heiden says:

    Besides his love for music excellence, Tom had a huge love for his life at the lake. His smiling face and upbeat attitude reached us all at Little Toad Lake Campground for many years. He added fun and laughter to all the events. We feel blessed to call him friend and feel fortunate to have had one more visit with him before he left this world too soon. The one comfort is knowing how happy he was in his last couple of years being ‘retired at the lake’ and able to travel to see family and surprise Deb with an anniversary trip to Cancun! He even gave us a one man concert at the lake recently with his new music technology he was so excited to share. We will miss him very much and our hearts are with Deb and all of his family at this time. “The Heidens”

  137. Julie Seely says:

    Tom was such an inspiration to so many. He will never be forgotten. Rest in peace my friend.

  138. Gregg Lura says:

    Reiles Acres ND
    Wald family, My deepest deepest sympathy goes out to you. Nothing I can say will take away the sting you all must be feeling from the loss of Tom. He was an amazing man.

  139. Jessica (Smith) Hubbard says:

    I am so thankful for Mr. Wald’s influence in my life. He encouraged my love for music and taught me to work hard and take pride in what I am passionate about. I can now appreciate this influence even more watching my 2 older children develop their talent and passion in music, with my oldest daughter going into the music education/ministry and my son playing in his high school marching band. I am so honored to have been a part of passing down this music influence from Mr. Wald to my children. Thank you Mr. Wald and to his family for your support and love to him.

  140. BOB & TERRY PAEPER says:


  141. Allan and Marlys Oak says:

    Fargo, ND
    Deb and Family: How sorry we were to hear about Tom. We enjoyed listening to him sing and play the weekend before at the lake. We always enjoyed listening to the two of you – you harmonized so well together. Your whole family will be in our thought and prayers in the days ahead.

  142. mike & julie falk says:

    minnetonka mnWe are all so sorry to hear of your unexpected loss. May the Lord comfort you during these trying times and surround you with great peace and understanding. All our best to you and your family.

  143. Alyssa Jackson says:

    Fargo ND
    Mrs. Wald there is not enough words I could say to emphasis how sorry I am for your loss. I was shocked when I heard the news. I really could not believe it. Your husband was a great and talented man. He will be missed by many. I am greatful that I got the chance to see him perform throughout our choir concerts over the years. He always added fun and excitement to our concerts when he would perform with us. Those were always my favorite concerts! I hope you and your family are doing ok My prayers and love go to you and your family

  144. Tim Rude says:

    Fargo ND
    With a heavy heart I give my sincere condolences to the Wald family. I’ll never forget the countless hours spent in the classroom with Mr. Wald as he passed on his music abilities to us students. Without Mr. Wald, I probably wouldn’t have made it passed the initial mouthpiece buzzing stage :). His smile and upbeat personality will truly be missed…thank you for the memories, Tom!

  145. Jim, Laurie, Rachael, Alex Loomis says:

    Fargo ND
    Our heartfelt wishes for Mr.Wald’s family to experience Peace knowing that Mr. Wald’s touched countless hearts with his genuine friendliness and caring attitude.

    He was an inspiration to many and we feel privileged to have known him.

    To Mrs. Wald’s, we are deeply sorry for you loss.

    May God comfort you in knowing that Tom is always with you.

    God”s Grace

  146. Sheldon Weltz says:

    Deb and family,
    Can’t believe I’m writing this. Both Mary and I are remembering you in our prayers. Tom was truly a good, good man. I so enjoyed getting to know him better these last years. I can’t count high enough the amount of people that will miss him. God’s love to you always.

    Sheldon & Mary

  147. Karis & Kelly Walstad says:

    Moorhead MN
    We were so sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. His upbeat attitude and infectious smile will definitely be missed. Your family is in our hearts and prayers.

  148. Lisa Wang Roesler says:

    Durbin ND
    Deb and family:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you! I have great memories of band, swing choir and choir at CCHS. He made you love music by his enthusiasm and passion! Our music department was well known and loved because of his talent! It’s just so sad that he was taken so soon!

  149. Mike Buckhouse says:

    Lawrence KSBrady & Kara — I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad!!! My heart goes out to you guys. My prayers and condolences to you and your family.

  150. Beth Haseltine says:

    Deb – We were so sad when we heard of Tom’s death. Every time we saw you both you always had such big smiles. The world has lost an amazing person but we are all better for having known him. You both touched so many lives with your love of music. I remember fondly all the Show Choir and Con Brio Concerts with Tom and the band playing. God Bless you and your family. Beth and Bailey

  151. Ben, Michelle and Taryn Herrly says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mrs. Wald and your family during this difficult time. Tom will be missed by all of those he inspired through his love of music. Our deepest sympathies for your sudden loss.

  152. Brady Wald says:

    Tempe AZ
    To my best friend, my dad, my inspiration. You will always be in my heart. You have been an amazing father to Kara, Adrien, and Samantha and grandpa (“Papa”) to Carson & Kiah.

    As I read through the guest book, it is no surprise that you have inspired students, friends, and family. You have a way of lighting up a room with your smile, laughter, sense of humor, and love!

    I love you Dad!

  153. Bobbi (Brown) Rudenko says:

    Moorhead MN
    Words don’t come easily at the shock of this loss. My heart aches for your family and for all of those who knew and loved him. I was a student of his at Central Cass from grade 7-12. The things I will remember most are his passion for music, his ability to inspire his students to excellence, his constant energy and his off the wall sense of humor. Every time he saw me in the halls, he’d always give me a booming, “B-b-b Bobbi Sue!” I’m going to miss that guy.

  154. Anita Aasness says:

    Dalton MN
    Deb and family- my heart breaks for you- we are praying for strength for all of you! keep all the memories in your heart! Blessings- we love you!!!
    Deb a special prayer for you that God gives you strength in the coming days!!!
    I wish I could take your hurt away.. I hurt with you.

  155. John Pederson says:

    Fargo ND
    Dearest Deb and family,
    I was totally “numb” when I heard the recent news of Tom’s recent passing! He was “so full of life and joy and made everyone around him feel good!!”
    He could walk into a room and the whole mood would change and for the better……. He had the knack of reading people and helping students succeed at whatever they did, be it music or life skills. The world will be a less joyous place without my friend “Tommy Boy”….but heaven is in good hands with Tom leading them in good humor and a caring heart!!!!
    I will really miss you Tommy!!! You meant a lot to a LOT of people……..
    God needed you and we will never forget you………..Prayers and Blessings Friend!

  156. Tammy Burley says:

    Tom inspired so many people in his lifetime. God must have taken you early for a good reason, your love of music… My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to your family as they go thru this time of grieving. You will be greatly missed by all!!

  157. Denise (Menise) says:

    Uncle Tom was such a big part of our lives. I can’t believe I won’t see his smiling face everyday! He had the best smile and you could always see it in his eyes. No fake smiles from Uncle Tom.

  158. Renae Kvamme Laugen says:

    Elk River MN
    My fondest memories of H.S. were as a student of Mr. Wald. His love and passion for music were so inspiring that I decided to major in Music Education. I still love teaching elementary music as much as when I started fifteen years ago. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family! He will be missed!

  159. Joan, Harold Strandlien says:

    Moorhead MnWe were sadden to hear of Tom’s passing, Deb you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! So sorry!

  160. Rondi Helland says:

    Moorhead Prayers going out to Tom’s family, friends, and all who were touched by his wonderful spirit. I was also a student at CCHS, who had the honor of having Tom as my teacher. His love of music was so infectious, he made you want to be better! He touched many peoples lives and will never be forgotten. I pray that God provides peace in your hearts.

  161. Carol Argall says:

    Lake Park MN
    Can’t come up with the words to express my sorrow and sympathy for your family. Tom was such a living force and created so much energy.

    He left a wonderful legacy in hundreds of young lives that were impacted by his teaching, support and wisdom.

    Both my kids are part of that legacy and I know they continued to be mentored by him in their adult lives and musical teaching and efforts.

    His passing leaves a huge, huge hole in our hearts.

    If we can be of service musically or any other way, please let us know.

    God Bless Deb and the kids.

  162. Josh Argall and Family says:

    Fargo ND
    Deb and family, you are in our hearts and prayers! I am so blessed to have had him as my music teacher and as a mentor/sounding board as I started my Music Teaching career! I will never forget playing a few gigs with him and Deb on bass of all things. There was never a dull moment! I would not be where I am today without his love and guidance. Godspeed to you Mr. Wald on your next Grand Journey!

  163. Laura McCroskey Griffin says:

    West Fargo ND
    Death always gets to me on a personal level having my own parents pass so early So when I see another pass too soon, it tears at my heart as I relive all those questions, emotions and anger I had when my parents passed. One thing that brings peace is that he lived his life to the fullest. He was at a job he was passionate about, he took pride in and was able to touch so many people that he probably didn’t even realize. Going to choir and listening to the band play was a highlight in my high school career. My passion for all kinds of music goes back to those days. Deepest prayers are with you all.

  164. Joy Hanson says:

    Bridgeport CTI was fortunate enough to have Mr. Wald as my teacher in jr high and choir. My love of music grew as a result and is still an important part of my life 25 years later. Best wishes to his family and friends.

  165. Don Langlie says:

    Mayville ND
    There are only a few, true gentlemen that one meets in a lifetime…Tom was certainly one of them in mine. Always a firm handshake and good laugh…the music & education community will miss Tom for a long time.

  166. tom and avis dolan says:

    Fargo ND
    Our prayers and sympathy for the family and friends of Tom. We are stunned by the news of his sudden passing. He will be missed and remembered by many.

  167. Rhett and Stacie Garland says:

    Mr. Wald’s gift of music was contagious. Many fond memories of our years at CCHS music department. His gift will live on in Heaven and always in the memories. Prayers to the his family.

    Fond memories,

    Rhett and Stacie Garland

  168. Jaime Jonas Nannenga says:

    Wyndmere ND
    Extremely saddened by Tom’s passing. He was a wonderful teacher and man that always had a smile on his face. He gave me confidence when I doubted myself. I can’t express enough how sorry I am for your loss. He is already missed by so many of us that truly appreciated him.

  169. Jenna Prien says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    Mr. Wald improved the lives of everyone he came in contact with! He had such a positive impact on all of the students that were blessed to either have him as an instructor, experienced his gift in show choir, etc. Most importantly he was an important half of an amazing couple! Not only were they an example to students of a happy marriage, they were a team in all aspects of life. My heart goes out to the Wald family! Mr. Wald will truly be missed by so many people! I feel blessed to have known him!

  170. Bill Lucas says:

    Fargo ND
    Deb, there are no words to express my sadness for you and your family. All I can say is my love goes to all of you.

  171. Lindsay Seelig says:

    Fargo ND
    “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” ~Anonymous My thoughts and prayers.

  172. Cheri Wehrmann says:

    Saint Cloud MN
    Sorry For Your Loss…To The Family Of Tom Wald..I was a Student of His In CHoir at CCHS..I am sad and shocked at this time…But Time Will Heal..He Inspired Me During My High School Years And I will Miss Him Dearly!

  173. John Pederson says:

    Fargo ND
    Dearest Deb and family,
    It is with the “greatest sympathy and compassion” that I just heard of the tragic passing of loved friend and commrade in music, Tom. He was always so “full of life” and made everyone feel a little better whenever he was around. The world will miss his humor, love and compassion for life and his students and anyone who got to know him. I will miss him deeply and wish you all the best as you put your lives back together. Not an “easy task” without our “Tommy Boy!!” Lots of love to you all, John Pederson

  174. Gress Family says:

    Fargo ND
    We are saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. Deb, you and Tom are such inspiration’s to many people, and also to our family. You have given so much to this community. We continue to keep you and your family in our prayers.

  175. Casey Bresnahan says:

    Nashville TNSo sorry to hear the bad news. He was such a passionate man it was a privilege to have him as my band director! May the Lord grant you every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus!

  176. John Monilaws says:

    Deb and Wald Family,
    I was very saddened to hear of Mr. Wald’s passing. He was a dear friend and mentor and always “Mr. Wald” to me. I would not have gone into the field of Music Education without his support, leadership- and guidance. I hope that we can all remember the good memories we have of Mr. Wald and that they help us through this difficult time. There is sweet music being playing in heaven!

  177. Sarah (Erdmann) Walberg says:

    Leonard ND
    A sad day indeed. In the year after I graduated high school from CCHS, my own father died of a heart attack. As Mr. Wald was a true teacher and wanted to see his students take what they learned out into the world, he joined again with me and another student to help me prepare quickly to sing for my father’s funeral. He didn’t have to, but he did. It meant so much to me. That was over 15 years ago. What an inspiration to so many, every day. RIP, Mr. Wald.

  178. Cindy Falk says:

    Maple Grove MN
    My heart goes out to you Deb, to Adrienn and family. You have many years of wonderful memories to draw on for comfort. My hope is that Tom enjoyed his short time of retirement. I guess he is riding a motorcycle in heaven now!

  179. Jonathan and Amy Warrey says:

    Casselton ND
    “Music is what feeling sounds like.” Prayers to you Deb and family…Mr. Wald was an inspiring teacher and we were lucky to learn from him…

    Jonathan and Amy

  180. Michael Ellison says:

    fargo ND
    I very much was fond of all the work he did back in the years he tought back at central cass in casselton. He did a very good job when dealing with the variety shows and with the fall…christmas and spring concerts back in them days. I will miss him with all my heart and hope god will take good care of him. May god bless his soul.

  181. Mary Kensok says:

    Casselton ND
    How very sad I am to learn of Tom’s passing! I taught at Central Cass Elementary when Tom was the high school music instructor. He was a vibrant person who lit up any room he was in. His musical talent inspired all in his presence. My sincere sympathy to Tom’s family! May you embrace the wonderful memories during the precious years spent with him.

  182. Catherine Orvik says:

    Fargo ND
    First of all.. my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. I was a student of Mr. Wald all throughout my HS years. We didn’t always see eye to eye, but he was one of the best teachers I ever had. I will never forget when we did “God Bless the USA” with the band and choir. He was amazing. He made everyone of us in band and choir be the best we could be and he made us believe that we could be great at what we were doing. I will always remember him with nothing but good thoughts. I am truly saddened.

  183. John Selly says:

    Casselton N.D
    You will be missed, Thank you, my heartfelt sympathy to the Family.

  184. Wanda (Loegering) Mangin says:

    Thank you for sharing the music straight from your soul. Your energy & passion inspired so many! You are missed, & will be remembered well.


  185. Gina says:

    You were a gifted musician and teacher who touched so many lives. You will be greatly missed.

  186. Tricia Wagner Roesler says:

    Leonard ND
    Mr. Wald’s love for music was contagious. He made it fun and it still is a big part of my life. Thank you Mr. Wald for this wonderful gift and for your leadership and enthusiasm!

  187. Tim Burley says:

    Hutchinson MN
    Tom was a wonderful music teacher who inspires me still today in my pursuit of working with bands and presenting music. His love for music was contagious. He will be missed by the many student’s who’s lives he affected. Mine and my families condolences to Tom’s family.

  188. Pamela Burns says:

    Fargo ND
    I am deeply saddened by the news of Tom’s passing and my thoughts and prayers are with you, Deb and family! Tom was an amazing man who will be sorely missed.

  189. Angi Moore says:

    Hugo MN
    Deb and Family – I’m so sorry for your loss. The world lost an amazing talent and man way too soon. *HUGS*

  190. Courtnie Roesler says:

    Fargo ND
    As a former music student of Mr.Wald at Carl Ben Eielson I remember him as being the happiest person around, always having a smile on his face and a postitive attitude. He’d always put a smile on my face with his great sense of humor! He will be greatly missed by me and many others!

  191. Mary Lou Gunderson says:

    Casselton ND
    Heavens choir just got bigger and better.So sorry to hear of Toms passing.

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