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Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas (1929-2017)
Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas (1929-2017)


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.


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


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.


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!  
  19 Jun 2017
Jeffrey Daniel Thomas (2006)
Jeffrey Daniel Thomas (2006)


Grandma always made time for the things that were important to us. She wanted to know about what we studied in school, what we wanted to do with our careers, and everything in-between. Growing up, I remember our Elementary/Middle School held a Grandparent's Day every December. The entire student body performed for their grandparents, and afterwards took them to see their teachers and show them what they'd been learning. She and Grandpa came ever year. No matter what, missing Grandparent's Day was simply out of the question.

And Grandma never stopped caring for us. As I took the - admittedly scary! - step towards making a career out of game development, she wanted to know all about it. Truth be told, I don't know if Grandma ever played a video game in her life, but she wanted to know everything I could tell her. And always, she encouraged me to stick with it. When I looked to the future, and I didn't know where it would take me, she would tell me how much she was looking forward to seeing my first game released. How excited she was to see me following my dreams.

No matter where life takes me, I will always keep her caring spirit and encouragement in my heart.  
  19 Jun 2017

  29 May 2017
L to R:  Russell, Carol, & Robert Thomas, Monte Vista CO
L to R: Russell, Carol, & Robert Thomas, Monte Vista CO


I have many, many fond memories of my Mom. The earliest were from Monte Vista, Colorado - which was a great place to be a little kid! Lots and lots of wide open spaces surrounded by breathtaking mountains. The Thomas kids would spend hours and hours outdoors - exploring the small town on bikes, playing sports in the yard, playing in the snow (lots and lots of snow!), etc. And when it was dinner time, Mom would stand on the back porch and blow a whistle, which meant we'd better stop whatever we were doing and head home. I also remember getting "the eye" from Mom in church when she would give us that "you'd better straighten up" look from the choir loft as we were fidgeting or talking in the pews - or worse yet, rolling pencils on the wooden floor under the pews during the service.

Our move from the idyllic, Mayberry-type environment of Monte Vista to the hustle and bustle of Lanham MD was a big change for the entire family. While I did not personally witness this specific event, I heard about Mom driving several times through the clover leaf-style entrance/exit ramps near our apartment onto the highway, unsure of when and/or how to proceed to her desired destination. Her directional strategy seemed to be: "When in doubt, just keep driving forward and eventually you'll figure it out". But despite moving to such a large, chaotic and at times overwhelming new city, and working full time, Mom still worked tirelessly to ensure we had a nice meal on the table every night, clean clothes and sheets, and a clean home to enjoy. That's just what you did - you show up every day, do your job(s) to the best of your ability, and you never give up. Ever.

Fast forward to our next move to Rockville MD. I was in the fifth grade, and joined the neighborhood tackle football team which practiced at the elementary school field across the street from our townhouse. After one of the early practices during which I failed to perform to the coach's high standards and he informed me of this fact in a very loud voice (ie, yell), I went home and announced to Mom that I was quitting the team. She would have none of it. I forget her exact words, but she informed me that I was showing up the next day at practice and would perform to the best of my ability, because you should never give up. Ever.

And so I did show up the next day at practice. And the day after. And the day after. And I did my best and gradually improved to the point that I progressed from last to first string. But during the process, I learned a very important life lesson - you show up every day, you do your best at whatever the task(s), and you never give up. Ever.

Mom exemplified this principle throughout her life, and I'm forever grateful for her example. Her life was not easy, and she overcame many, many challenges because of her determination. I think her strategy for driving actually works in all areas of life - "When in doubt, just keep driving forward and eventually you'll figure it out."


It was almost a year ago that I met Carol for the first time. We met at one of her favorite restaurants. During dinner, Carol showed me family pictures and told me stories about the different family members. She was very proud of her family.
A few weeks later I met Carol for the second time. Bob and I had been at a golf tournament in Maryland. After being in the hot sun all day, we needed to freshen up before we met one of Bob’s friends for dinner. Roy and Carol opened up their home to us so we could freshen up and relax before we met John. Carol was very generous and made sure that we had everything that we needed to get ready.
I am so thankful that I got to see Carol during this last year. She was always kind to me and welcomed me into the Thomas family 
  7 May 2017
Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas and daughter, Susan Rebecca Thomas in 1954
Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas and daughter, Susan Rebecca Thomas in 1954

As the eldest of four children and the only daughter of Roy & Carol, one might conclude that I was highly favored and most blessed. However, I recall wishing at times that I had at least one older brother who could forge a sure path ahead of me, especially in what must be wildly uncertain teenage years. Unlike Mom who did not have an athletic bent or have siblings, I loved playing outside to explore on foot or on my bicycle, definitely preferred climbing trees, played sports, and pretended to ride horses rather than having dolls or frilly clothes. Driving along country roads on a Sunday afternoon was the best fun because we could stop at any time discovering the beautiful mountainous areas of southern Colorado. My vast rock collection was indeed special, an avid past time no matter where we lived or where I “ended up” as the years progressed. Nose to the ground, that was me! In addition, piano lessons included much dreary practice, and yet being able to read lovely notes on a diverse set of pages was an advantage I enjoyed much later just like our Mom and Dad, but while playing the flute and piccolo beyond college. Our family certainly has a long history of incorporating music into our lives, both choral and instrumental.
Once adult with my own two daughters to raise (no sons, but now four Grandboys!) while moving from Army post to post, my Mom and I began to share more similar experiences than ever before. Husband Jay served as an Army Facility Engineer so that my connections, interests, and literal adjustments managing a growing family took shape just as our mother had to find ways to run a family of six while working full time. Once our daughters reached middle and high school age, I finished my Bachelor's degree, we moved to Jay's last duty station near Atlanta before he retired, and my full time professional career launched. Guess what else? Just like our parents, our family continued moving from place to place for years as Jay's company transferred him to new positions. Thus, my own career took several twists and unexpected turns much more than for Mom.
Here's what's most fascinating: I wanted to be a teacher as a young gal, but actually first spent ten years as a Children's Librarian at a branch library in Chattanooga, TN before obtaining my M.Ed in Elementary Education years later. Our mother began working full time by teaching a variety of English, Drama, and Journalism classes in a small southern Colorado high school in La Jara before spending several decades as a Media Specialist at Rockville High School in Montgomery County, MD. Talk about having much in common as we were both hip-deep into full-time pursuits of family and career!
And yet, our rather diverse hobbies also brought us together even more with hand work like sewing and needlecrafts, customized projects, and homemade gifts. Strange in a way to think about the legacy of Mom's mother and grandmother who focused on delicate filet crochet generations earlier, the very craft I discovered while living in Bavaria, Germany in 1986-89. So delightful and very lovely. For me, it was extremely addictive as I gathered German patterns no matter where we traveled, regardless if magazines and books were in English or German. One of our genealogy trips took us to Rothenberg, Germany to visit a distant cousin. Mom was thrilled to discuss family history printed on a long sheet which they pored over with great detail. This type of dedication and determination to learn through new ventures and to nurture talents is now evident in the next generation. Our daughter Becky's love of quilting no doubt comes from several family members, and more recently knitting just like Grandma Thomas who made some of her own sweaters. Daughter Jennie extends our family's legacy of beautiful photography as well as being an educator and writer. Dare I say that both daughters Becky and Jennie have athletic ambitions unlike their grandmother such as for triathlons, marathons, biking, yoga, and more? No sweat. Mom's not at all jealous, but quite proud of their achievements.
To top it off, Mom always had words and their origins running through her mind so that she would be prepared for tutoring multi-cultural students learning to improve their English speaking skills as a second language. She developed her own course materials and unique approach: created original word games, made numerous lists of word forms, and devised corresponding meanings with appropriate examples taken from real life, of course. No fiction! For nearly ten years I was able to utilize learning American Sign Language in the 1980’s in two different jobs. Thus, another legacy of our mother's was a love of language, good books, great writers, and excellent speaking voices, all of which she could recite at a moment's notice to illustrate a specific point exactly. As Winnie the Pooh would say, “ It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'What about lunch?'” Or perhaps, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” That's our Mom! 
  7 May 2017
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  7 May 2017
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  6 May 2017
Roy and Carol Thomas Family, Christmas in La Junta, Otero, CO
Roy and Carol Thomas Family, Christmas in La Junta, Otero, CO

L to R: Susan, Russell, Steven, and in Carol's arms, Robert.

Susan had been born in Washington, DC in 1952, just before the family moved to Colorado. Steven was born in Salida, CO. Russell and Robert were born across the street from this house at the Mennonite Hospital.


My Mother had a strong personality and she focused her energy and attention on immediate family and a few co-workers. I can see her influence in me -- intellectual interests, discernment, high standards, speaking patterns, sense of humor, and social/political values. But she was also different from me and my brothers and sister in many ways, which made for difficulties and life-long struggles for all of us. One thing for sure: nobody in the family was neutral about or indifferent to Mom/Grandmother/Carol.

As an adult I had many opportunities to ask her about her life. One broad theme, especially in parenting and family life: "I have tried so hard. I was so unprepared. I had to do it myself, figure out things myself...All I had was Dr. Spock books [on babies and children]."

Here are a few vignettes that, together, paint a vivid portrait:

- Summers in Colorado, lunch was ALWAYS the same 3-day rotating menu: baloney sandwich, cheese sandwich, followed by peanut butter sandwich (our favorite). Plus canned Campbell Soup, whole milk with graham crackers, and fruit.

- She had a huge recipe collection which she clipped or wrote on cards and then cataloged. Once in the early `80s she said, "Why would I ever want to use a computer? Maybe if it helped me with organize my recipes..." Later, she learned how to use an Apple ][ computer, and even helped other teachers at at Rockville High learn how to use computers for teaching and tutoring. "If I can do it, then anyone can."

- She never cooked with garlic, which was probably a cultural inheritance from her German parents and grand parents. "I don't want to taste my food the next day."

- In 1980, she gave me serious Mother-to-Son advice just before I moved to California after college: "Don't join any cults". She was earnest and serious, even though I laughed it off (because I believed I was the LEAST likely cult-joiner in the family).

- Christmas morning had to be a certain way: No opening gifts until everyone was up and had finished breakfast. Then, gifts had to be opened one person at a time, one gift at a time, with ritual appreciating for the wrapping, the gift, and the giver.

- She had some favorite TV shows, including the "Carol Burnette Show". I can remember her crying with laughter so many times while watching the skits.

- She always liked Baroque classical music, especially Bach. "I like what I like." Throughout my youth I hated it. Then, in college, I found my way into it as study music for my Electrical Engineering homework. Thereafter, we always had that in common and she delighted in my knowledge and appreciation of the fine points of composition and performance.

- She always had many questions. This is how she encountered life and relationships -- intense need to know what is going on and why. "I have another question..." was something she said many times in our conversations, and the questions might keep coming for an hour or more. (My late Sister-in-Law Debbie nicknamed my parent's house: "The House of the Third Degree" because of the intense questioning.)

- Just as we were finishing a family dinner (circa 2000), she announced "And now is the time for scintillating conversation!" My brother Robert and I immediately responded in unison: "Scintillate scintillate scintillate scintillate scintillate scintillate ..." to much laughter. (Words like "scintillate" and "chortle" were normal family conversation words, even when we were little kids.)  
  4 May 2017
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.


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.  
  3 May 2017
Dolores Valdez de Pong, student of Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas
Dolores Valdez de Pong, student of Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas

Dolores retired at the end of the school year, May 2012. Dolores was a student of Carol Jean (Wehrwein) Thomas during her Junior and Senior Years (1966-1968) at Centauri High School, La Jara, Colorado. In her long teaching career, Dolores received many awards, including "New Mexico Teacher of the Year." On that particular occasion, when asked to name the teacher most influential in her preparation to teach, Delores responded, "Carol Jean (Wehwein) Thomas."

"The New Mexican," Santa Fe, NM, 30 Apr 2012, p. 1:

"Final curtain: Dolores Valdez de Pong plans to end 37-year teaching career at Carlos Gilbert Elementary School

By Robert Nott, The New Mexican.

'Raindrops' fell on stage in the auditorium of Carlos Gilbert Elementary School on Friday afternoon, but Dolores Valdez de Pong did not shed the expected teardrops at the same time--even though she was watching as her final school theater production, 'Spring Has Sprung,' came to an end.

Valdez de Pong is retiring this May after nearly 37 years of teaching at Carlos Gilbert. She taught third grade for 14 years, second grade for 21 years and first grade for the last two years.

Since day one, she's involved art, theater and music in her curriculum, often accompanying her original productions by playing the piano -- the same piano she discovered in the corner of the Carlos Gilbert gym back in December 1975, when it all started.

She recalled standing in the back corner of that gym, when the district first hired her, watching as students performed the school's holiday play.

'I thought to myself,' "Gosh, I'm going to be part of this school?" I never dreamed it would turn into a 37-year career.'

The Colorado native still remembers being inspired by the actions of one of her high school teachers, Carol Jean (Wehrwein) Thomas, who included theater in all of her lesson plans.

'What I like about drama is it develops an esprit de corps in the classroom, where every student works together,' Valdez de Pong said Friday, after the final curtain had come down on her last show. 'With a play, you can integrate a lot of different curriculum topics into the classroom. It's a fun way to get concepts across.' . . .

The 'farmer' introduced the show, and the 'rainbow' and the 'flowers' and the 'ants' and the 'worms' and the 'clouds' and the 'raindrops' all played their parts to perfection, engaging in song, dance and comedy. The cast presented Valdez de Pong with a bouquet of flowers at the end. She fought giving in to the tears. . . ."  
  3 May 2017
Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas (1929-2017) Monte Vista CO on a Sunday, 1967
Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas (1929-2017) Monte Vista CO on a Sunday, 1967


Mrs. Carol Thomas was the educator who prepared me the most for my future career as a teacher, though at the time I had no idea that was my calling. She was a perfect example of a passionate teacher who worked energetically to bring out the best in her students. Even as a high school student, I was impressed that she taught five different classes, all with different preparations necessary. I was fortunate to have her as my teacher for English, speech, drama and journalism. I learned to be comfortable speaking in public (and of course with good enunciation) and to not be afraid of the microphone. I learned how to perform in theatrical productions and also how to direct them. This is something I later came to do a lot during my teaching career, as I became a children’s playwright. I wrote and directed my own original musical productions over many years. I also learned in her English class about important events that contributed to our history in the United States, as she used these topics as a springboard for various assignments in her class. I learned her lessons well, and my own students benefited from my having had her for a teacher at such an important time in my life. Something remarkable about Mrs. Thomas, is that she did not quit being my teacher when our ways parted in Colorado. She continued to keep in touch with me, and sometimes over many years, would send me clippings and articles of interest to me. She never quit being my teacher. Whenever asked, who was my favorite teacher, I always say with ease, “Carol Thomas.” Her mark is upon me. 
  3 May 2017
Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas, 1954
Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas, 1954
  3 May 2017
Carol Jean Wehrwein 1948
Carol Jean Wehrwein 1948

Holton-Arms Junior College, photo in the 1948 yearbook, "The Scribe."  
  3 May 2017
Carol Jean Wehrwein 1946
Carol Jean Wehrwein 1946

George Washington High School, Alexandria, VA, senior photo in the 1946 yearbook, "The Compass"


It was early in 1942; our country had just become deeply involved in World War II; one last street was added to the Beverley Hills Community of Alexandria, Virginia and filled with lovely two-story brick colonial homes. Marge Lyman and her family moved into 708 North Overlook Drive and Carol Wehrwein and her family moved into a house across the street. Little did we realize that the friendship forged between those two young teenage girls would thrive and be so meaningful for over 70 wonderful years. Carol and I would meet each school day and walk five blocks to catch the school bus together; we walked home every day after school together; we shared homework in each other’s homes, and we confided teenage secrets with each other.

A major part of our lives was the youth group at Beverley Hills Community Church, where Rev. Bill Basom was our spiritual anchor during those wartime years of fear, anxiety, rationing, and concern for my father, who as a career naval officer, was on board ship fighting in the Pacific. Weekly meetings at the church, confirmation classes, sledding and field trips forged a close bond for our group of about a dozen teenagers that all of us remember to this day.

George Washington High School was our only high school in Alexandria, Virginia and we were diligent students and strong supporters of our teams and our friends. Carol was a member of the Girl’s Glee Club, along with Jane Reynolds (Hayum), Agnes Feild (Burke), and Mary Jane Abdill (Hunt), all members of our Youth Group. On the other hand, I was involved with the Girl’s Athletic Association and played volleyball, basketball, and softball. The statement alongside Carol’s senior picture in The Compass (our high school yearbook) for our 1946 class read: “Carol Jean Wehrwein – rated A by students and teachers alike” to which we all agreed. These were good growing years for both of us, and then we were all off to college – Carol and Mary Jane Abdill to Florida Southern; Marge and Jane Reynolds to Albright College – but even as our paths diverged, we stayed in touch with Christmas and summer visits and letters to each other and by 1950, it seemed those college years had gone by very fast!

And then came the news that Carol was in love and getting married September 9, 1950 – and Carol asked me to be one of her bridesmaids at her wedding where we met Roy Thomas. I remember flying to Detroit, Michigan for several days of wedding preparation and making our own bridesmaid dresses, which were all in lovely pastel colors. An added surprise was that my Dad happened to be on a business trip and arrived by train for the wedding of his neighbor’s daughter and to see his own daughter walk down the aisle as a bridesmaid.

And then on April 16, 1955, Carol was among my bridesmaids when Art Miller and I were married in Beverley Hills Church with Rev. Bill Basom officiating and Mary Jane Abdill as our soloist. Among those attending were Mr. & Mrs.Wehrwein, Roy Thomas, and three-year old Susan who was adorable in a pretty white dress. I still use and cherish the silver tray that Mr. & Mrs. Wehrwein gave us a wedding gift. Carol & Roy’s gift was typical “Carol”, and one of the most valued, appreciated, and ever so practical – ten kitchen utensils in a large waste basket

The years that followed were busy and family-filled as both Carol and I filled our homes with four children each – Carol & Roy in Colorado and Maryland; Art and Marge in Northern Virginia, then Potomac, Maryland and finally in 1974 to Pennsylvania. Thanks to Carol’s genius for clever Christmas cards and an eagerness to stay in touch, our friendship flourished over the years as we watched our sons and daughters mature and grow, marry, and begin families of their own. Carol and Roy traveled to Wayne, PA in April 2005 to help celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, and Marge and Art were honored in 2010 to celebrate with Carol and Roy at their 60th anniversary luncheon in a Georgetown restaurant near Washington, DC. A few years ago, we gathered for a delightful luncheon in Exton, PA where Susan joined us and we shared pictures and stories of our families as well as our mutual interests in music and genealogy.

Now that Carol has gone on ahead of us, it is with gratitude and a thankful heart that I dedicate these fond memories to my longtime friend, Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas. 
  3 May 2017
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. 
  3 May 2017

  2 May 2017
Peter Khanahmadi & Family, May 2010
Peter Khanahmadi & Family, May 2010

M.B.A. Graduation, American University, Washington, DC

Front, l. to r.: Peter's mother, Rezah Thomas, Peter, Carol Thomas
Rear: Roy Thomas, Peter's grandfather, Mr. Hashempour, Steven Thomas


I have a lot of fond memories of Carol. My earliest memory of our first adventure was in the Summer of 1993. It was during this time she requested my help to re-arrange some parts of Rockville High School's library. It was a tall task for her and me since it was only the two of us. I was 13 years old at the time, but Carol must have thought I was twice my age as she directed me to move tables and books around rapidly. She also had a meticulous plan she had put together to help us work efficiently. Before we knew it, we had totally re-arranged the library. She was very thankful that I helped her that day. I was also appreciative of her attention to detail and direction. This instance was a preview of more projects she would have me help her on the next 24 years. I enjoyed every one of them and was happy to help.  
  2 May 2017
Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) Needlework #2
Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) Needlework #2


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! 
  1 May 2017
Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Alexandria VA
Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Alexandria VA
Carol and Roy Thomas have enjoyed the performance of various chamber groups since her retirement in 1999. They have become benefactors of many of these performing groups. 
  1 May 2017
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  1 May 2017
The Washington Kantorei, Falls Church VA
The Washington Kantorei, Falls Church VA

The Washington Kantorei is one of the chamber groups whose performances Roy and Carol Thomas have enjoyed since Carol's retirement in 1999.


Carol's and Roy's encouragement to the Washington Kantorei was very important to us, and their generosity motivated us to undertake new and higher things. I remember our German Embassy concerts with Carol and Roy sitting in the audience, supporting us, clapping for us, urging us to keep going.


Though I didn't know Carol that well, I will always recall her sweet smile, and the happy sight of Carol and Roy together at concerts. What a love of music they shared. We certainly appreciated deeply all that Carol and Roy did in support of the Washington Kantorei. They played a major role in its continuing all those years.  
  1 May 2017
Handel Choir of Baltimore
Handel Choir of Baltimore

The Handel Choir of Baltimore is one of the chamber groups whose performances Roy and Carol Thomas have enjoyed since Carol's retirement in 1999.


I met Roy by telephone on one of my first days in Baltimore. He and Carol had noticed an article in the Baltimore Sun about my appointment to Handel Choir of Baltimore, and they called the office to find out more. On the spot and to my utter astonishment, they made a donation. Some people bet on horses and the like, but this kind of betting was an investment in the future of singing, arts, and arts education. I was very impressed Roy and Carol understood that we were a startup, despite the organization’s long history. Their interest, initiative, and gift gave me the fuel of encouragement.

Over the nine years of my work with Handel Choir, Maureen Ragan and I often shared lunches and dinners together with Roy and Carol when they came up from Bethesda. We talked about potential projects, strategies, and repertoire. What a joy it was to have these two passionate enthusiasts throw their time and energy into supporting not only us but other smaller arts organizations in the Baltimore-DC area. They strove to attend as many concerts of various smaller organizations as was humanly possible, and they introduced me to other artists, several with whom we collaborated, thanks to Roy and Carol. Few of Handel Choir’s supporters took such a deeply personal approach. The fruits of Roy and Carol’s involvement was remarkable, substantial and enduring.

We have many very happy memories of Carol: her hand-made greeting cards; her passion for teaching English to new-comers; her love of singing music and cultivating success for Peabody students; and her sitting in the front row at concerts to not just hear but see everything, too. To watch her and Roy negotiate the choice of lunch or dinner entrée to share was always fascinating! Carol was outspoken and a fire-brand of conviction. We both are honored to have known her. 
  30 Apr 2017
Rockville, Montgomery County, MD 631 Crocus Drive (1975)
Rockville, Montgomery County, MD 631 Crocus Drive (1975)

Carol had no brothers and sisters and her mother did not drive. Therefore, when Carol's father suffered a fatal heart attack in December 1967, Carol wanted to be closer to northern Virginia where Jennie Wehrwein lived. In the summer of 1968, the Thomas family moved from Colorado to Maryland. The family lived at 631 Crocus Drive until the three boys finished high school. In 1979, Roy and Carol sold 631 Crocus Drive and bought 9116 Falls Chapel Way, Potomac, Montgomery, MD. 
  28 Apr 2017
Peter Khanahmadi with his grandparents, Roy and Carol Thomas 2003
Peter Khanahmadi with his grandparents, Roy and Carol Thomas 2003

Graduation from Towson University, Towson, Baltimore, MD; B.S. in Business, May 2003

Peter worked as an analyst at the corporate headquarters of the Washington Post Company, Washington, DC. until entering the MBA program at American University. 
  28 Apr 2017
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 
  28 Apr 2017
Thomas family gathering honoring Roy and Carol.jpg
Thomas family gathering honoring Roy and Carol.jpg
  28 Apr 2017
Ida Mathilde Stolper (1868-1958), Needlework (oval)
Ida Mathilde Stolper (1868-1958), Needlework (oval)

This piece, made by Ida Mathilde Stolper, was once in the possession of Ida Mathilde Stolper's daughter, Jennie Wensink. 
  28 Apr 2017
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.  
  28 Apr 2017
Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) Needlework #4
Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) Needlework #4
  28 Apr 2017
Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) Needlework #1
Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) Needlework #1
  28 Apr 2017
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."


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.
  27 Apr 2017
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. 
  27 Apr 2017
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. 
  26 Apr 2017
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


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. 
  24 Apr 2017
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! 
  24 Apr 2017
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. 
  24 Apr 2017


 Thumb   Description   Cemetery   Status   Linked to   Last Modified 
Mary Lois Peck - Headstone
Mary Lois Peck - Headstone
Beautiful headstone designed by Bonny Sue Howard Harps (with significant input from other members of the family) marks the final resting place for Mary Lois Peck and is also a memorial to our father Harry Henry Horwitz/Howard who is buried in Laie, Hawaii. On the back side of the monument are the names of all her children.

The Hebrew Text at the top is an abbreviation for Po Nikbar which means "Here Lies".

The Hebrew Text at the bottom is an abbreviation of a verse from the Bible, the first book of Samuel, 25:29, "May her soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life." 
West Jordan City Cemetery Located    27 Apr 2017


 ID   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Born/Christened   Location   Tree   Last Modified 
Thomas, Edward C. 
b. 15 Sep 1815  Kentucky, U.S.A.  Complete 22 Jun 2017
Unknown, Judith F. 
b. 20 Apr 1806  Kentucky, U.S.A.  Complete 22 Jun 2017
Fendley, George 
b. Abt. 1800  Kentucky, U.S.A.  Complete 22 Jun 2017
Fendley, Lucy Sarah 
b. May 1843  Kentucky, U.S.A.  Complete 22 Jun 2017
Thomas, John Miller 
b. 5 Feb 1844  Perry, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A.  Complete 22 Jun 2017
Tate, Francis M. 
b. Dec 1830   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Robinson, John Wesley Shelley 
   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Shelley, Elizabeth 
   Complete 21 Jun 2017
   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Thomas, Evaline 
b. Abt. 1830   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Thomas, Lucinda Ellen 
b. Abt. 1828   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Thomas, Unknown 
b. Abt. 1810   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Thornberry, Elizabeth 
b. Abt. 1809   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Thomas, James 
b. Abt. 1805   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Thomas, Unknown 
b. Aft. 1800   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Unknown, Elizabeth 
b. Abt. 1802   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Thomas, William C. 
b. Abt. 1800   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Conn, Anna 
b. Abt. 1798   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Thomas, Phineas F.M. 
b. Abt. 1799   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Conn, Mahala May 
b. Abt. 1806   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Thomas, Ephraim J. 
b. Abt. 1796   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Whitinger, Margaret 
b. Abt. 1796   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Thomas, John 
b. Abt. 1795   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Hepler, John 
   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Thomas, Mary 
b. Abt.1788   Complete 21 Jun 2017
Thomas, Ephraim J. 
b. Abt. 1765  Wales, United Kingdom  Complete 21 Jun 2017
Wilson, Matilda Rae 
b. Abt. 1818   Complete 20 Jun 2017
Thomas, John M. 
b. 30 Aug 1812   Complete 20 Jun 2017
Riley, Davis 
b. Abt. 1803   Complete 20 Jun 2017
Eddy, Augustus 
b. Abt. 1798   Complete 20 Jun 2017
Thomas, Martha Ann 
b. 26 Oct 1800  Mason County, Kentucky, U.S.A.  Complete 20 Jun 2017
Ferree, Elizabeth 
   Complete 20 Jun 2017
Thomas, Ephraim 
b. 14 Nov 1816  Clermont County, Ohio, U.S.A.  Complete 20 Jun 2017
Jones, Mary 
   Complete 20 Jun 2017
Thomas, David 
b. 14 Dec 1814  Clermont County, Ohio, U.S.A.  Complete 20 Jun 2017
Earls, Mary Jane 
   Complete 20 Jun 2017
Thomas, Alfred 
b. 9 Jul 1808  Mason County, Kentucky, U.S.A.  Complete 20 Jun 2017
Thomas, James L. 
b. 25 Sep 1820  Clermont County, Ohio, U.S.A.  Complete 20 Jun 2017
Thomas, Nancy 
b. 23 Jul 1810  Clermont County, Ohio, U.S.A.  Complete 20 Jun 2017
Thomas, Margaret Jane 
b. 9 Jul 1806  Mason County, Kentucky, U.S.A.  Complete 20 Jun 2017
Morrow, William 
   Complete 20 Jun 2017
Thomas, Elizabeth 
b. 5 Aug 1804  Mason County, Kentucky, U.S.A.  Complete 20 Jun 2017
Thomas, Mary Catherine 
b. 15 Sep 1802  Mason County, Kentucky, U.S.A.  Complete 20 Jun 2017
Thomas, Taylor Wesley 
b. 9 Mar 1823  Ohio, U.S.A.  Complete 20 Jun 2017
Thomas, Phineaus 
b. 20 May 1771  Wales  Complete 20 Jun 2017
b.   U.S.A.  Complete 20 Jun 2017
Thomas, Caleb Louis 
b. 12 Feb 1821  Nicholas County, Kentucky, U.S.A.  Complete 20 Jun 2017
Thomas, Lina 
b. Abt. 1859  Indiana, U.S.A.  Complete 20 Jun 2017
Unknown, Elizabeth 
   Complete 19 Jun 2017
Thomas, Phineas 
b. Abt. 1739  Wales, United Kingdom  Complete 19 Jun 2017

 ID   Father ID   Father's Name   Mother ID   Mother's Name   Married   Tree   Last Modified 
 I22824  Francis M. Tate  I22823  Lucinda Ellen Thomas  1 Feb 1849  Complete 21 Jun 2017
 I22826  John Wesley Shelley Robinson  I22825  Evaline Thomas  2 Oct 1851  Complete 21 Jun 2017
 I22827  Unknown  I22828  Elizabeth Shelley    Complete 21 Jun 2017
 I22820  James Thomas  I22821  Elizabeth Thornberry    Complete 21 Jun 2017
 I20872  Ephraim J. Thomas  I20875  Elizabeth Unknown  Abt. 1786  Complete 21 Jun 2017
 I22817  William C. Thomas  I22818  Elizabeth Unknown    Complete 21 Jun 2017
 I22815  Phineas F.M. Thomas  I22816  Anna Conn    Complete 21 Jun 2017
 I22813  Ephraim J. Thomas  I22814  Mahala May Conn    Complete 21 Jun 2017
 I22811  John Thomas  I22812  Margaret Whitinger    Complete 21 Jun 2017
 I22810  John Hepler  I22809  Mary Thomas    Complete 21 Jun 2017
 I22807  Augustus Eddy  I22791  Martha Ann Thomas  25 May 1820  Complete 20 Jun 2017
 I22796  John M. Thomas  I22808  Matilda Rae Wilson    Complete 20 Jun 2017
 I22782  Phineaus Thomas  I22790  Hannah McComas  3 Jun 1798  Complete 20 Jun 2017
 I22798  Ephraim Thomas  I22806  Elizabeth Ferree  14 Nov 1839  Complete 20 Jun 2017
 I22797  David Thomas  I22805  Mary Jones  19 Nov 1835  Complete 20 Jun 2017
 I22795  Alfred Thomas  I22804  Mary Jane Earls  23 Nov 1843  Complete 20 Jun 2017
 I22803  Davis Riley  I22793  Margaret Jane Thomas  27 Nov 1828  Complete 20 Jun 2017
 I22802  William Morrow  I22792  Elizabeth Thomas  26 Nov 1829  Complete 20 Jun 2017
           Complete 19 Jun 2017
 I20865  Phineas Thomas  I20873  Elizabeth Smith  Abt. 1765  Complete 19 Jun 2017
 I22789  Harvey Jiles Willis  I43880  Artimetia Madgalene Thomas    Complete 18 Jun 2017
 I22788  John Redmond Hackley  I43877  Susanah L. Thomas    Complete 18 Jun 2017
 I22787  Evan Rogers  I43875  Elizabeth Goldsberry Thomas    Complete 18 Jun 2017
 I22785  John Smith  I22784  Deborah Thomas    Complete 13 Jun 2017
 I22778  Unknown Thomas  I22779  Unknown    Complete 12 Jun 2017
 I21096  Isaac Thomas  I21097  Mary Watts  30 Mar 1809  Complete 12 Jun 2017
 I22776  James Brown  I22777  Mary Matchett  22 Nov 1806  Complete 11 Jun 2017
 I22775  Ebon Satterlee  I22774  Nancy Jane Deal  29 Jul 1882  Complete 2 May 2017
 I42160  William Deal  I42161  Nancy Ballard    Complete 2 May 2017