Carol Jean Wehrwein

Carol Jean Wehrwein

Female 1929 - 2017  (87 years)

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  • Name Carol Jean Wehrwein 
    Born 28 Mar 1929  Plymouth, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, U.S.A Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 25 Mar 2017  Lakeside Terrace Condominium, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I15550  Complete
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2017 

    Father Carl Frederick Wehrwein, Ph.D.,   b. 10 Feb 1893, Newton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1967, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Jennie Leona Wensink,   b. 10 Aug 1895, Batavia, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1992, Shady Grove Adventist Nursing Home, Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Married 16 Oct 1926  Batavia, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Family ID F5777  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Roy Richard Thomas,   b. 1 Dec 1926, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Carol has no brothers and sisters and her mother did not drive. Therefore, when Carol's father suffered a fatal heart attack in Dec 1967, Carol needed to be closer to northern Virginia where Jennie Wehrwein lived. In the summer of 1968, the family moved from Colorado to Maryland.

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    Thomas Family gathering honoring Roy and Carol (2006)
    Thomas Family gathering honoring Roy and Carol (2006)

    "Had a great time last weekend w/ mini family reunion. Russ was here on b'ness, and Sue decided to drive up from Tennessee to join the fun. Thus, rare opportunity for all six of us to be in one place at the same time, along w/ some of the spouses and kids. Sue, Steve, Russ, and I took advantage of the event to celebrate Dad's 80th B-day (1 Dec) and Mom and Dad's 56th wedding anniversary (9 Sept) by SURPRISING THEM w/ a written tribute thanking them for being our parents."

    Robert Carroll Thomas Fall 2006
    Roy and Carol Thomas, 56th Wedding Anniversary (2006)
    Roy and Carol Thomas, 56th Wedding Anniversary (2006)

    L to R: Steven, Carol, Susan, Roy, Robert, Russell in a Greek restaurant, Bethesda, Montgomery County, MD 20817
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    Thomas Family Meets the Howards, Cross Keys, Baltimore, MD
    Thomas Family Meets the Howards, Cross Keys, Baltimore, MD

    December 2008

    l to r: Susan Treadway - Dave Howard - Bob Thomas - Roy Richard Thomas - Susan Howard - Steven Thomas
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2008 
    Family ID F47  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Mar 1929 - Plymouth, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, U.S.A Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Mar 2017 - Lakeside Terrace Condominium, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
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    Carol Jean Wehrwein, 1948
    Carol Jean Wehrwein, 1948

    Holton-Arms Junior College, then Washington, DC (now Potomac MD to grade 12), senior photo in the 1948 yearbook, "The Scribe."

    "Carol Jean Wehrwein. Carol takes an active part in Scroll, Scribe (yearbook), and Happy's modern dance, but she devotes most of her time to music. She is one of our most accomplished pianists, and last year she was in the Glee Club as well civic singing groups. The Call of the West is strong in this transplanted Californian, despite her varied activities here. Holton will miss Carol's determination and ready energy when she leaves this year."


    MEMORIES OF CAROL JEAN WEHRWEIN THOMAS BY JOHANNA WENSINK THOMPSON (cousin)

    Carol’s mother and my father were sister and brother, and for many of our growing-up years the two families lived in the Washington area. Because of this proximity it became a tradition that we shared holiday dinners (always turkey!)

    Aside from listening to endless adult conversation and expert demonstrations of turkey carving, what made at least one of these visits memorable was a kind gesture by Carol. Although she was 8 years older than I, on this occasion she took me and my siblings, her “little” cousins, upstairs to play board games. Far superior to listening to discussions of the best way to counteract dandelions!

    Our Grandparents held large open house gatherings to celebrate their 50th and 55 wedding anniversaries. Carol’s family and mine stayed in the family home, and other relatives paid visits. One evening when I was 11 and had been put to bed, I stole a look out the window at the aunts and uncles sitting in the yard. Carol, then 19, wrapped a towel turban-style around her just-washed hair and went out to join the adults. This impressed me as being just terribly glamorous and I repeated it several times after we got home. My mother was not impressed.

    A project of Carol and other older cousins at the anniversary gathering was trying to identify all the aunts, uncles and cousins who walked through the house, and determine their relationship to each other. This shared information was then carefully added, following much discussion, to the family tree diagram they were developing.

    Carol’s interest in genealogy continued the rest of her life. She did a great deal of research on the European roots of the families and was in touch with a relataive who had compiled a book which traced family roots starting in the early 1800’s in Germany. The book represented a huge investment of time, but was merely the starting point for Carol’s own research. She generously spent quite a bit of time in 2010-2011 sharing this information with me.

    Through our parents Carol and I were kept abreast of each other’s lives. I knew that she had married in 1950 and gone to live in Colorado. When I married, in 1959, Carol’s wedding gift to me was a casserole dish with at least a dozen hand-written recipe cards inside. These presumably were fairly fool-proof recipes for the new bride. I still have a number of these cards, and every once in a while will come across one. It makes me smile.
    Carol Jean Thomas and her parents, Jennie Wensink and Carl F. Wehrwein
    Carol Jean Thomas and her parents, Jennie Wensink and Carl F. Wehrwein

    The group is standing in the observation shed atop a high hill overlooking Salida CO, elevation 7500 feet, on the Arkansas River.
    Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas (1929-2017)
    Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas (1929-2017)

    MEMORIES OF CAROL JEAN WEHRWEIN THOMAS BY SULEIMAN ALIBHAI, O.D (Low Vision Center, Bethesda MD):

    Carol was always so feisty and determined that it really upsets me to think she might have been so debilitated at the end. It is also very hard for the family to watch a loved one go through such a challenging experience and so I hope you feel reassured that at least now she is definitely in a much better place.

    I will miss her as she had been my patient for many years and she was always very motivated to try things that might help her see better. May we all have her courage and positive demeanor through our challenges in life.



    MEMORIES OF CAROL JEAN WEHRWEIN THOMAS BY JENIFER ROSENZWEIG (Speech Therapist):


    I will always remember her for her sharp sense of humor, her beautiful smile, and her love of chocolate ice cream!



    MEMORIES OF CAROL JEAN WEHRWEIN THOMAS BY SARAH KUZMACK (Physical Therapist):

    Coming into the waiting room to greet Carol for her physical therapy appointments, she never failed to start off our session with "Well there is little Miss Sunshine." She was always skeptical and sarcastic of my encouragement and acknowledgement of all the progress I watched her make our the course of our time together. The clinic assistants would comment to me at the end of our sessions on the notable improvement in her walking ability because of my efforts and patience with her, but I was always quick to attribute all of Carol's improvement and success to her highly motivated character. She will always be remembered for her determination and perseverance with all of the exercises and tasks given to her during each session. Carol is truly missed amongst the clinic staff, and certainly is a face/personality that will never be forgotten.



    MEMORIES OF CAROL JEAN WEHRWEIN THOMAS BY TSIPORA (Physical Therapy Assistant):

    Carol was an honest, loving person, who tried her best. She never missed an appointment at the clinic. Sarah, her physical therapist, was amazing working with her and, later, with Roy, so patient and professional. Sarah and I went to visit Carol at the rehab nursing home and hope she liked the white teddy bear we gave her. Sarah and I will always remember her!
    Carol J. Wehrwein & cousin Maryann Wensink
    Carol J. Wehrwein & cousin Maryann Wensink
    Susan & Carol Thomas, Pueblo CO
    Susan & Carol Thomas, Pueblo CO
    Carol J. Thomas & Susan R. Thomas, Monte Vista CO
    Carol J. Thomas & Susan R. Thomas, Monte Vista CO
    Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas, Monte Vista CO
    Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas, Monte Vista CO

    From Monte Vista, CO, Carol commuted to Adams Sate College, Alamosa, CO and received a M.S. in Secondary Education.
    Carol Jean Wehrwein, Centauri High School, La Jara, CO
    Carol Jean Wehrwein, Centauri High School, La Jara, CO

    For each of four years, she commuted to La Jara's Centauri High School and taught simultaneously: Third Year English, Journalism I & II (including producing the school newspaper and yearbook), Speech/Drama (including producing the annual senior play).


    MEMORIES OF CAROL JEAN WEHRWEIN THOMAS BY WALTER MARES (8th grader, brother of June Mares, a student in Carol's Journalism class, and for years, Managing Editor, now retired, of the award wining "Copper Era," a weekly in southeastern Arizona.)

    For what it is worth, I consider myself a living memorial to Carol. She is the root of my many accomplishments in the world of journalism. By that I mean, for one thing, never having written anything that was not true. Never have I written anything with malice. That is one of the most important things I learned from Carol. My sister, June, Class of '68, sends her condolences and is spreading word to some of her classmates.
    Four generations: great-grandmother - Jeannie W Wehrwein - Carol Jean Thomas - Susan Rebecca Thomas Treadway and Rebecca Mae Treadway 1975
    Four generations: great-grandmother - Jeannie W Wehrwein - Carol Jean Thomas - Susan Rebecca Thomas Treadway and Rebecca Mae Treadway 1975

    MEMORIES OF CAROL JEAN WEHRWEIN THOMAS BY SUSAN REBECCA TREADWAY (daughter)

    Our Mom and Dad were delighted to have their first grandchild, Rebecca. I visited when Becky was about eighteen months old. Mom rented several key items for us to have hand at their home, including a high chair, stroller, car seat, and portable crib. Very helpful!

    As a busy toddler, Grandma Carol and the new mom, Susan, were kept busy while Becky explored their Maryland home both inside and out. Such fun to share numerous activities, especially with some of the familiar toys and blocks Mom kept from our own childhood in the same blue and brown boxes. Neat indeedI

    Much later on, Mom and I ventured forth together to visit brother Bob and his wife Debbie, who were stationed in southern Germany. Packing our belongings prior to that memorable trip was nothing compared to skillfully packing afterwards to come back home safe and sound. Oh yes, we had some shaky moments: maneuvering through German train stations, managing to speak a smattering of broken German as we went sight-seeing, taking many, many photographs, exploring the countryside where Bob and Debbie lived, and tasting new items from German menus. Yet, Mom was proud to say that daughter Susan was a Master Packer, since we had numerous bulky, fragile souvenirs which needed extra care and layers of protection. It was an incredible, wonderful trip!

    Cooking and baking have grown in interest for me over the years, from when I first enjoyed Home Economic classes in middle school to marriage and having my own family. Much of the time, I don’t use a specific recipe, and yet some of the family favorites require using Mom or Grandma Wehrwein’s special take on a dish. We have quite a collection of their recipes both clipped from magazines and newspapers, but also in their own handwriting. Seeing Grandma Wehrwein’s familiar cursive writing when making Banana Bread, for instance, provides extra meaning and a unique connection across generations. Now, daughters Becky and Jennie also make this famous bread, even by adding in milk chocolate chips & omitting the walnuts in the case of Becky’s family —son Owen has tree nut allergies. Delicious all the time!

    My hot dog fell out of the bun, while I was perched in an awesome big tree in the huge front yard in La Junta, CO. While I was devastated, Mom didn’t have much sympathy, as I recall .

    I remember singing acapella in lovely harmony with Mom and Dad: “Follow Follow”

    Mom collected "Jane Ace-isms" ("Easy Aces," a radio program written by Goodman and Jane Ace), which brought chuckles to me every time, very similar to spontaneously cracking puns by Uncle Chuck and his sons, Steve, Kevin, and Keith:

    Time wounds all heels.
    He has me sitting on pins and cushions waiting.
    You could have knocked me down with a fender.
    Home wasn't built in a day.
    I look like the wrath of grapes.
    Congress is back in season.
    Up at the crank of dawn.
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    Carol and Roy Thomas, 56th Wedding anniversary (2006)
    Carol and Roy Thomas, 56th Wedding anniversary (2006)

    Carol and Roy are holding, at a Greek restaurant, Bethesda, Montgomery, MD, framed tributes written by their four children.



    MEMORIES OF CAROL JEAN WEHRWEIN THOMAS BY LISA HOLLINGSWORTH


    We have known Carol and Roy for almost twenty years and consider you extended family. Roy, you were our dedicated and devoted Realtor from 1993- 2007. You tirelessly worked with us in our many stages of transition from Harpers Ferry, WV to Gaithersburg, Derwood, back to Gaithersburg and finally Potomac, where we currently continue to reside happily. Through it all, we strived to achieve and work hard to get into the best neighborhood possible and persevered with all due thanks and credit to Roy's unwavering patience and determination to find us our happy home. We are deeply and forever grateful for all you have done for our family.

    Throughout the years, I always marveled at Roy's love and devotion to Carol and her reciprocation to him. In her final hours, I expressed to her that she had chosen the finest husband and that she was so loved by family, students and many others. I hope and pray she heard me, but I am certain she knew this regardless.
    Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas (1929-2017)
    Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas (1929-2017)

    MEMORIES OF CAROL JEAN WEHRWEIN THOMAS BY EILEEN DOWER (retired media specialist, Montgomery County Public Schools; Second Wednesday Book Club)

    Carol and I had much in common–-we both loved to read and to teach. We first met as media specialists working for MCPS in high school libraries. We were both active in our professional organization.

    Carol also worked part-time at Montgomery College, teaching foreign students the art of pronunciation. She was uniquely qualified for this position as her own speech was articulate and precise--a model to emulate!

    She discovered that my previous teaching experience included instructing ESOL students in various places--East Africa, New York city, and Montgomery County adult education system. She then introduced me to the Montgomery College administrator, who hired me to teach ESOL part-time at night and on Saturday. Thanks to Carol!

    Another fond memory of Carol occurred when we retired librarians started our "Second Wednesday Book Club." She declared at the start: “I don’t read fiction!”

    When her turn came to choose a monthly book and serve lunch, she chose "The Professor and the Madman," by Simon Winchester. A work of historical fiction!! We ALL agreed it was one of the best reads that we had ever had!!

    Carol was a valuable member of our book club and a loyal friend. I shall miss her!
    Roy Richard Thomas 81st Birthday (2007)
    Roy Richard Thomas 81st Birthday (2007)

    Roy and Carol Thomas
    Roy Richard & Carol J. Thomas & Susan R. Treadway Aug 2008
    Roy Richard & Carol J. Thomas & Susan R. Treadway Aug 2008

    We spent four days and three nights in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. We were particularly interested in the Main Street of Harrisonburg, VA, for it is likely that members of the Deal family traversed that route, the "Great Wagon Road," before the American Revolution on their way from Pennsylvania to the Catawba River area of North Carolina.

    We visited two museums on Main Street in the historical district. The Quilt Museum, located in a private home built in 1856, had an interesting examples of nineteenth century needlework. The Higgins-Hardesty House, built ca. 1850, had several displays devoted to the history of the "Great Wagon Road," which became the Valley Turnpike in the nineteenth century, and Main Street, U.S. Route 11, in the twentieth century.
    Program booklet for 'Magnificat and Masterworks,' 30 September 2007
    Program booklet for "Magnificat and Masterworks," 30 September 2007

    A concert presented by three ensembles, The Bach Sinfonia, The Washington Kantorei, and Carmina at the National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.

    "This program was made possible by a generous grant from The Roy & Carol Thomas Fund for the Arts. The Bach Sinfonia, Carmina, and The Washington Kantorei wish to acknowledge not only the significant gift received for this program, but also the many years of support from Mr. & Mrs. Thomas. This is the second of three concerts in 2007 underwritten by Mr. & Mrs. Thomas and intended to introduce eight performing ensembles to new audiences in the Baltimore and Washington areas. It is individuals like Roy & Carol Thomas who continue to sustain the arts in our communities."
    Postcard announcing the concert, 'Courtly Splender:  Music for Royal Occasions, 25 March 2007
    Postcard announcing the concert, "Courtly Splender: Music for Royal Occasions, 25 March 2007

    "Courtly Splender" presented by the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and Baltimore Baroque Band, Pro Musica Rara, and The Handel Choir of Baltimore at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, and underwritten by Roy & Carol Thomas.
    Invitation to a reception at the German Embassy, 16 May 2007
    Invitation to a reception at the German Embassy, 16 May 2007

    The Cultural Attache, who arranged musical performances at the Embassy by The Washington Kantorei, The Beethoven Society, and other organizations, was bid farewell upon her retirement and return to Germany.

    The photograph shows the Attache and her husband at ease during one of their travels in the United States.
    Handel's 'Alexander's Feast,' performed by The Bach Sinfonia of Silver spring, MD and The Handel Choir of Baltimore
    Handel's "Alexander's Feast," performed by The Bach Sinfonia of Silver spring, MD and The Handel Choir of Baltimore

    Carol and Roy Thomas introduced the directors of these two groups, who then collaborated first in a performance of "Alexander's Feast" in Washington, D.C at a national convention of musicologists and then in the recording of the CD at another venue.
    Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017), Needlework: Owls
    Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017), Needlework: Owls

    While visiting her daughter, Susan Rebecca (Thomas) Treadway in Germany, Carol saw this needlework kit and bought it, at Susan's suggestion, because of her interest in collecting memorabilia related to owls.
    Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) Needlework #1
    Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) Needlework #1
    Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) Needlework #2
    Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) Needlework #2

    MEMORIES OF CAROL JEAN WEHRWEIN THOMAS BY REBECCA MAE TREADWAY PRZYLUCKI (granddaughter)

    There are many things I think about when I think of my Grandma Thomas. I remember the clippings she liked to send, the banana bread recipe passed down through generations, the cross stitches she made for us over the years celebrating our marriage and the birth of our kids, the brightly colored furniture in her house when we would visit, the plants that were always around, and many other tidbits that make me smile. I love that we shared a love of history and politics, even though we were often on opposite sides of issues. I could see in myself the passion that she had for these things, so even when we disagreed I still felt close to her in just the fact that we both cared so much about it. What I hold so dear in the last few years of her life though, was the way she reacted to Owen's hugs. Owen loves to give hugs and I'll never forget the broad smiles on Grandma's face those last several visits as she embraced Owen. I could tell it was special to her, and that made it special to me.

    Grandma has left quite a legacy in her children, grandchildren, and students that she has influenced over the years with her dedication and passion to education, music and current events!
    Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) Needlework #4
    Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) Needlework #4

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    Carol and Roy Thomas have enjoyed attending chamber music performances since Carol retired in 1999. They have made generous gifts in support of the continuation of such programs as well as specific performances.

    (Note by Dave Howard Jul 2008)
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