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Our family is deeply saddened to share the news that Carolyn Lou Thober died on January 25, 2017.
She was born on December 28, 1927, in Elmore, Ohio, as the well-loved second child of Rudolf and Edith Willett. Her life-long journey began after attending the Junior Prom at Elmore High School, a first date, with Eugene Thober. They married September 30, 1950, at a service officiated by Gene’s father, the Reverend A. C. Thober. It was the very portrait of a marriage entered into with thoughtfulness and love.
Carolyn continued her education at Davis Business College in Toledo and started her career with Traveler’s Insurance Company. Two years later, the young couple with a pioneering spirit and their two-year-old son set out to start a new life in Marblehead, Mass.
The birth of a second child and her devotion to her spiritual life found Carolyn fully established in her new home. She was active in every part of her son’s lives, enmeshed in her community and played an integral part in her Congregation. She served as Director of the Nursery School and Secretary to the Pastor at Clifton Lutheran Church. Simultaneously, she supported her husband as he worked to establish himself in the business world. She helped him with each new endeavor whether through her bookkeeping skills or filling in for employees at Yankee Gas and Oil.
The diminutive girl from Ohio also conquered the sea. She showed no fear of “Frostbiting” even after twice missing the hiking straps and entering the cold waters. Carolyn sputtered a few quiet words as she climbed back on board and finished the race. She could often be found on a summer’s evening in the Race Committee Booth at the Corinthian Yacht Club administering the races for the Marblehead Lightning Fleet in which Gene and the boys participated.
She had a Midwestern sense of right and wrong and was not hesitant to share her beliefs with her boys, Gary and Paul. She took immense pride in their individual accomplishments, always with an encouraging word. In her eighty’s she could still recall Gary’s natural intelligence to solve any mechanical problems put before him and Paul’s successful hockey years with great detail. She was immensely proud of Paul’s military service, especially during a time fraught with uncertainty.
In 1980, Carolyn continued to support the business efforts of the family as The Weathervane Tavern in Hamilton, Mass., was established. She would step in to help whenever needed with a cheerful greeting to all, endearing her to all the customers. Her heart was always warmed and her life made richer by the kind words of our extended Weathervane family, our devoted patrons. The friendships she and Gene acquired with you remain precious. We thank you.
Carolyn is survived by her very best friend and lifetime partner, Eugene Thober of Marblehead; son, Gary (Oona O’Neill) of Gloucester; son, Paul (Kristin Helve) of Ipswich; her sister, Annette Troutman of Elmore, Ohio; and her little dog, Bobbi.
Carolyn has been laid to rest at Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. Memorial contributions may be made to The Mission Fund, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 478 Boston Street, Topsfield, MA 01983.
Arrangements by Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead. Please visit the online guestbook at www.eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com.
Published on  January 31, 2017
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