Carol Ann Fowler Werner
peacefully entered God’s Kingdom on Tuesday, January 18th, 2022 and was welcomed in His Heavenly embrace with open arms at the age of 79 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in Town and Country, Missouri. Beloved mother of Nicole Marie (Paul) Wasielewski and Michael Brian (Mary) Werner. Dear daughter of Edwin Leo Fowler and Mary Ellen (Lally) Fowler, loving grandmother/Nonnie to Emma and Chloe Wasielewski and Sara, Ben, Maggie, and Augie Werner. Cherished sister to Edwin L. (Maggie) Fowler, James F. Fowler, Jane M. (Tim) Walsh, and the late Mary Patricia Fowler. Dear aunt, cousin, great-aunt, teacher and friend to countless individuals in her life. She was the fourth child of five children who brought to their parents’ unmeasurable joy and happiness. Their Irish Catholic traditions and zest for life was the root of their family and bonding ties to cherished friends. She attended Immacolata Church and parochial school along with her siblings. She was close to each of them and being their sister was something that she treasured above many other things in her life. Family was everything to her, and the lessons she learned from her parents stayed close to her heart her entire life. Because of her closeness to her siblings, she loved to share her escapades with them from eating sticks of butter under the dining room table to covering up a hole with a calendar when a sibling was pushed into a wall. The laughter that ran out in their home was continuous because of the love they had for one another. That love was passed down with the deepest care to their children and their children’s children.
Carol received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas in 1964. She began her 25+ year career in education as a teacher in the Mokane School District in Jefferson City, Missouri, and she retired as a teacher at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic School in Webster Groves, Missouri in 2006. Even after her retirement, she continued to be actively involved in the parish and school community as a substitute teacher, finding the utmost joy in helping children learn and realize their incredible gifts from God. Kind and compassionate by nature, Carol set high standards for herself and everyone around her. As a classroom teacher, her students benefited from her reassurance and support, her colleagues were enthusiastic about her insight and cooperative nature, and the parents appreciated her ability to provide an open and welcoming dialogue that always benefited their children’s education and well-being.
If there was anywhere Carol loved to be it was with her family or it was enjoying the beauty of horses. Carol treasured being at her children’s homes for family gatherings and with her brothers and sisters at large celebrations in the St. Louis area. Coming over to cookouts, enjoying the presence of family members all around her, and being the quiet support everyone needed in their lives was her passion. She always made sure that her children knew how much she loved them, through her actions, her words, and her prayers. In times of worry or in times of joy, she encouraged the reliance on God and knew that in Him, everything would be made right. Her faith was a gift that she freely gave to each person in her life. Any time she was with her family, she was content and at peace, knowing she was surrounded in love. She also enjoyed leisurely drives to Grant’s Farm to watch the Clydesdales. Those moments brought big smiles to her face as she reflected on the horses she rode in high school at St. Joseph’s Academy in Frontenac, Missouri. Carol’s smile could light up the world!
Carol was so much more than the sum of her accomplishments and will be remembered lovingly for her kindness, generosity of spirit, and being an Irish blessing to her family and her friends. She was many things to many people; mom, grandmother, friend, mentor, role model, confidante, teacher, leader, communicator. In her mind her greatest achievement and what brought her the most pleasure was being a loving mother to Nicole and Mike, caring mother-in-law to Paul and Mary, adoring grandmother/Nonnie to Emma, Chloe, Sara, Ben, Maggie, and Augie and aunt to her many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Family was everything to Carol, and she treasured those relationships more than anything else in her life. Her family, friends and colleagues would all agree that ultimately, she followed the advice she gave others: she left this place so much better than when she arrived as she trusted in God’s love and wisdom all the days of her beautiful life. We love you always, Mom!
Services: A memorial Mass will held at on Friday, February 11 at Immacolata Catholic Church, 8900 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117 at 10:00 a.m.