1946 – 2021
Thompson – Carolyn A. (Gazzola) Werge, 75, of Lowell Davis Rd., passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Robert W. Werge, Sr. for 57 beautiful years. Born in the Bronx, NY, she was the daughter of the late William and Margaret (Scarpati) Gazzola.
Carolyn graduated from Dodge Vocational High School at the top of her class winning numerous academic awards. Carolyn had a brilliant mind, an unparalleled work ethic and a magnanimous heart. After raising her three children, Carolyn earned a Bachelor of Arts from Clark University, graduating summa cum laude in 1998 at the age of 52. She then continued her long and impactful career in environmental protection, preservation and conservation. Carolyn worked in various roles for the Town of Thompson including as a member and then Enforcement Officer of the Inland and Wetlands Commission for 21 years. She also served as the Conservation Commission’s Advisory Officer for 16 years where she most notably led the integration of the town’s mapping system and supported surrounding towns with her mapping expertise, as well as serving as a poll worker, mentor and Head Moderator for town elections. Through her work for the town and her volunteer efforts, Carolyn’s legacy can be seen in the natural beauty of Thompson, its preserved lands, protected wetlands and especially in the stunning collection of native cairns that Carolyn and her husband Bob preserved on their property for future generations to visit and enjoy.
Carolyn most enjoyed time with family, volunteering her time in service to others, hikes in the woods, kayaking and writing. She was an amazing cook, true to her Italian heritage. Sunday dinners, celebrations and holiday feasts at her table were everything to those she loved. She prepared every dish with the secret ingredient; love. She made each of us feel abundantly loved and cared for always.
In addition to her husband, Carolyn is survived by her son, Robert W. Werge, Jr. and his wife Dolores of Thompson; her daughters, Regina Mannix and her husband Thomas of Southborough, MA, and Michele Allen and her husband Christopher of Cohasset, MA; her nine adored and adoring grandchildren, Ryan, Anna and Joseph Werge, Grace, Jackson and Tessa Mannix and Jake, Robert and Ainsley Allen, and her precious great-granddaughter, Lillian Barney. She is also survived by her dearest friend and sister-in-law Diana Gazzola, her loving sister Margaret Eltablawi and brothers David Gazzola and Paul Gazzola. Carolyn was predeceased by her mother Margaret Gazzola, her father William Gazzola and her two brothers Bill Gazzola and James Gazzola.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Carolyn’s family from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021 in the Valade Funeral Home and Crematory, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale. On Saturday, she will be celebrated at a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Carolyn’s family wishes to thank you all for the love and support generously given and gratefully received.
Memorial donations may be made to Thompson Together, a nonprofit organization committed to addressing needs within Thompson for the benefit of the community. Donations can be mailed to Thompson Together 988 Quaddick Town Farm Rd., Thompson, CT 06277. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.