portrait picture for Herbert Tolmich

Services: Services will be held on Sunday, September 18, at 1:00 PM at Congregation Beth El, 109 East Ave., Norwalk. Burial: Burial will follow in Beth El Memorial Park, Richards Avenue, Norwalk, Ct. Donations: Contributions in his name may be made to Congregation Beth El, 109 East Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851 or Norwalk Marching Band, 23 Calvin Murphy Drive, Norwalk, CT 06851.

Herbert Tolmich


June 28, 1927 - September 15, 2011

Herbert Tolmich, 84 of Norwalk, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at Norwalk Hospital. Born June 28, 1927, he was the son of the late Yetta Lader and Philip Tolmich. Herb was predeceased by his wife of 60 years Sonia, daughter-in-law Sherry Tolmich, and brothers Larry and Harold Tolmich. He is survived by his brother Jerry Tolmich, daughter Phyllis Conklin of Norwalk, son Alan Tolmich and his wife Vivian of Shelton, and son Steven Tolmich of Norwalk. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Michael Conklin, Daniel Conklin, Andrew Tolmich, Justin Tolmich, Ryan Tolmich and Allie Tolmich. Everyone who knew him dubbed him “The Cookie Man.” He started his baking career at Nabisco in 1949 until he joined Pepperidge Farm in 1962. There he developed and produced cookies, cakes and crackers and was most known for Goldfish crackers. He has lectured throughout the country and the American Institute of Baking honored him with The Baker of the Year award. He was named the Thomas Edison of baking in Forbes magazine and written about in the New England Monthly. Since he retired from Pepperidge Farm in 1988 he has traveled the world as a consultant to the baking industry developing new products until his death. He had been an active respected member of Temple Beth El for over 40 years. Services will be held on Sunday, September 18, at 1:00 PM at Congregation Beth El, 109 East Ave., Norwalk. Burial will follow in Beth El Memorial Park, Richards Avenue, Norwalk, Ct. Contributions in his name may be made to Congregation Beth El, 109 East Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851 or Norwalk Marching Band, 23 Calvin Murphy Drive, Norwalk, CT 06851.

  1. you’ve been my best friend and I don’t know what I’ll do without you. who will I talk to, who will I sit with, what do I do with this hole in my heart? I know you’re at peace and back with mom, I’ll find comfort in that. I love you more than I can ever say. Rest poppy.

    October 4, 2011
    your loving daughter -
  • To Herbie’s kids, my deepest sympathy. I will always remember my years with Herb at Pepperidge Farm. He always had a way of adding humor to the day…and always that smile. Sincerely, Patti Pirrone

    October 4, 2011
    Patti Pirrone -
  • Herb I miss you already but I am glad you are back with your beloved wife.

    October 4, 2011
    Charlene Toelle -
  • To Steve, Alan and Phyllis, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Please find solace in knowing that he is at peace and back with your loving Mom. Much love, Janice

    October 4, 2011
    Janice Millman -
  • Herb and Phyliss were customers of mine at Norwalk Firestone.Over the years Herb exuded such humor and kindness to me and my crew.A loyal customer a great human being and we’ve lost a gem of a person.

    October 4, 2011
    Ray Gabriele -
  • TO THE WOUNDERFUL TOLMICH FAMILY.. MY NAME IS SETH CARLEY AND I AM THE LONG RETIRED FORMER MANAGER OF THE NORWAQLK FIRESTONE STORE ON WESTPORT AVE AND STRAWBERRY HILL AVE. I WANT HERBS FAMILY TO KNOW HOW MUCH HE MEANT TO ME NOT AS A CUSTOMER BUT AS A REAL FRIEND . I ALWAYS LOOKED FOR AND GOT GREAT ADVISE FROM THIS WOUNDERFUL MAN .. I WAS A YOUNG STORE MANAGER AND HE ALWAYS HAD A KIND WORD , I REMEMBER HOW MUCH HE LOVED HIS WIFE AND FAMILY AND HOW PROUD HE WAS OF DEVELOPING TYHE GOLD FISH CUTTER .. I TRUELY LOOKED FORWARD TO THAT GFLOWING SMILE COMMING INTO THAT STORE … MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES AND FIND PEACE KNOWING HE IS WITH YOUR MOM ,,, THANK YOU FOR YOUR DAD ,,, SETH CARLEY

    October 4, 2011
    SETH CARLEY -
  • We miss you both so much & hope you are with each other. You are always in our hearts…love you, Viv & Al

    October 9, 2011
    Vivian & Alan -
  • Hi Ryan, it’s been more than 4 years since you lost your grandfather. I hope you will pray for him at Church.
    Also, You do remember me since I was your classmate at Tracey School.

    December 28, 2015
    Kathryn Campbell -
  • …especially both 3 years of West Rocks Middle School and 4 years of Norwalk High School.

    December 28, 2015
    Kathryn Campbell -
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