Carolyn W. Wohlsen 86, Millport Conservancy founder, Hall of Fame 50-year voter

By on October 10, 2012

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Carolyn W. Wohlsen, 86, of Lititz, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 at her home.

Born in 1926, she was the younger daughter of the late Harry A. Wilkerson and Amy Docherty Wilkerson Reed of East Orange, N.J.

Carolyn was a devoted wife and mother. While at McCaskey High School, she was elected head cheerleader before graduating in 1944. She joined the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps and studied at the University of Pennsylvania. She married her true love, Robert S. Wohlsen, former president and chairman of the Board of Wohlsen Construction Company, Sept. 8, 1947. Together they had four children. Carolyn was the founder and secretary of the Millport Conservancy. She established many youth educational programs and organized numerous illustrative art exhibitions. Her art collection of American illustrators has traveled to many cities around the world to be exhibited. Carolyn was a member of the Hamilton Club and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Lancaster, where she and her friends were instrumental in the founding of the Lancaster Day Nursery. Throughout her life, she traveled the world and doubled her pleasure by journaling and enhancing them with photos of her travels. She shared her adventures, including mountain climbing, with her husband. In her later years, she was an avid sports fan. Carolyn was a very proud member of the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed on her for her perfect 50-year voting record. Her family and friends, both near and far, were very important to her.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two sons: Robert S., partner of Miriam Casey, of San Mateo, Calif.; and Thomas Harry, of Lancaster; her two daughters: Patricia S. W., wife of Ronald L. Epps, and Lynn W., wife of W. Logan Myers, both of Lititz; her six grandchildren: Marcus R. Wohlsen, husband of Kim Bennett; Edward E. Epps III; Peter R. Wohlsen, husband of Juno Turner; Andrew K. Wohlsen; Carolyn M., wife of Ryan M. Staszak, M.D.; and Theodore S. Wohlsen. She loved her great-grandchildren: Logan M. and Lillian E. Staszak, Russell R. Bennett Wohlsen and Willoughby R. Turner Wohlsen.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her sister: Nancy W. LeFever; and daughter-in-law: Rosemary K. Wohlsen.

The rite of Christian burial was held Oct. 6 at the Millport Conservancy, Lititz. The interment in the family cemetery followed the service.

Kindly send memorial contributions to Millport Conservancy, 737 E. Millport Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

Online Condolences may be posted at thegroffs.com. The Groffs Family Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., Lancaster, handled the arrangements.