Thomas Cevelius Bylander, age 40 of Brainerd MN, passed away at his home Thursday March 4, 2021.
Tom was born February 7, 1981 in Perham, MN to Mark Bylander and Betty (Mattfeld) Opelia. He graduated high school in Perham. After graduation he went on to study art at St. Cloud State University.
After college, Tom met Candice Lemke. They were united in marriage and he became a stepfather to Isabella Villette.
Tom later met and married Amanda Rose Culbert. Together they had two daughters, Olivia Rose and Annabelle Lynn.
The last several years of his life were spent with his special friend, Risa Luna and her three children, Jadon, Jera, and Hailey. They enjoyed spending time as a blended family with Olivia and Annabelle doing crafts, spending time outdoors, having dance parties and movie nights.
For years Tom was recognized by his handlebar mustache. His ability as DJ Tomcat to read a crowd and play the right music made many weddings and special events memorable. In addition to music, Tom's other passions were drawing, painting, hunting, and spending time outdoors (especially back home in Vergas on Sybil Lake).
He was a sensitive soul, with a huge heart. He loved his daughters, his family and his friends and brought much sunshine and joy into their lives.
He is survived by his parents Mark Bylander and Betty (Steve Sneer) Opelia; stepfather Jeff Opelia; stepmother Shelly Bylander; daughters Olivia Rose and Annabelle Lynn; one sister Teri Bylander-Pinke; two brothers Tony Bylander and Jacob Opelia; and stepbrothers Troy Henry and Donny Henry. He was preceded in death by his infant sister Rebecca Lynn and his grandparents C.T. and Dorothy Bylander and Lester and Harriet Mattfeld.
A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Schoeneberger Funeral & Cremation Service in Perham. Visitation will be from 12:00-2:00 p.m. followed by a time for sharing memories and stories at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Sybil Lake Cemetery near Vergas.
**Masks are required during Tom's services on Saturday**
Schoeneberger Funeral & Cremation Service, Perham, MN (218) 346-5175 www.schoenebergerfh.com
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