Former Falmouth resident Irene Carolyn Thomas of Norwood, New Jersey, died October 21 at the age of 91.

She was born to Sophie D. (Ohlerich) Mobbs and Arthur H. Mobbs in Palisades Park, New Jersey.

Not long after her graduation from Dumont High School in 1946, she began commuting to New York City working for New York Telephone until her marriage to John R. Thomas in 1950. She often told the story of her early morning commute, which involved buses and subways and running to meet the connections each day.

Ms. Thomas took care of her three children until they became independent while her husband worked. The family made their home in Bergenfield, New Jersey.

For 25 years she worked as secretary for South Presbyterian Church. She retired in 1994. She made many friends through church activities and as a member of the women’s association, Trident group, and bowling league.

She and her husband moved to Cape Cod for their retirement years and became members of First Congregational Church of Falmouth. They divided their time between Falmouth and Marco Island, Florida.

She leaves her children, John E. Thomas of Clearwater, Florida, and Bristol, Rhode Island, Carol Gorman of Chester, New York, and Warren Thomas of Farmville, Virginia; four grandchildren, Heather Pemberton, Holly Gobelez, Emily Gorman and John E. Thomas Jr.; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 69 years.

The family will meet privately for graveside services in Bergenfield, New Jersey.

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