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Carolyn E. Kuhwald

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Carolyn E. Kuhwald Obituary
Carolyn E Kuhwald

AGE: 94 •

Carolyn E. Kuhwald, born in Philadelphia to Caroline Engel and Harry Oelkers on August 12, 1922, passed away at Dunwoody Village on January 27, 2017 at the age of 94. An only child, Carolyn attended the James Russell Lowell School before graduating from Olney High School in 1940. As a young woman, she enjoyed fashion, going to the beach with friends, and listening to the family's "Philco" radio. Following graduation, Carolyn attended business school where she met several lifelong friends and then worked for the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company.

In 1941, Carolyn met the love of her life, Edwin ("Ed") Paul Joseph Kuhwald, when she went to get her glasses fixed at the optical shop where he worked. The couple married on October 7, 1944, at St. Matthew's Church while Ed was on leave from the U. S. Navy where he was serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. In 1949, Carolyn and Ed moved from Philadelphia to Wilmington, Delaware where they raised their children, Connie, Paul and Mark. The family attended St. Mark's Lutheran Church and later Presbyterian Church of the Covenant.

Throughout her life, Carolyn enjoyed cooking and entertaining friends, traveling with Ed, and spending summers with family and friends in Ocean City, NJ. She also loved flowers and animals, and was a longtime supporter of the Delaware Humane Association. In 1980, the couple moved from Brandywood to Bancroft Village, where they lived until shortly after Ed's death in 2003.

Carolyn is survived by her daughter Connie Ripper of Los Angeles; son Paul and his wife, Mary of Wilmington; son Mark and his wife, Mary Jo of Virginville, PA; grandchildren Jessica Ripper and her husband, David Jay; Jonathan Ripper and his wife, Joanne Kenny; Matthew Kuhwald; and Kelsey Pickering and her husband, Brooks; great-grandchildren Elsa Ripper, Brandt Pickering and Sophia Jay and several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank all the nurses, CNAs and staff at Dunwoody Village and at Compassus Hospice for providing Carolyn with such loving care. The family will hold a private memorial service to celebrate Carolyn's life in summer 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Delaware Humane Association.

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Published in The News Journal on Feb. 11, 2017
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