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Obituary for Vicki Jean (Kohler) Thomae
THOMAE, Vicki Jean (Kohler), passed away on Friday October, 19, 2018. Born to the late Daniel O. Kohler and Jean Pepall Kohler, on May 21, 1935, in Los Angeles, CA, Vicki was raised in Glendale, CA. She graduated from Hoover High School in 1953 and graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduation, Vicki joined the U.S. State Department and worked in Washington D.C. While she was in D.C. she met a variety of interesting people including Jackie Kennedy. She also spent two years working at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador, where she met her future husband, Charles (Chuck) William Thomae, Jr. Vicki and Chuck were married in 1960 in Glendale, CA. Together, they lived in Honolulu, HI, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Bergenfield, NJ, Mexico City, Mexico, and Miami, FL before settling in Brandon Forest in Seffner, Fla. Vicki was very interested in community organizations. As a girl she raised money for Sister Kenny who had had developed a new polio treatment. Vicki was also a Job’s Daughter, a Girl Scout, and very active in the First Methodist Church of Glendale. In Florida, Vicki was a Girl Scout leader, active in the Brandon Forest Homeowner’s Association, volunteered at the Manatee Center, and was a member of the Red Hat Society. Vicki and Chuck ran a newspaper called The International Roundtable where she was the editor for numerous years. She finished her career working at Teco Energy. Chuck and Vicki had two daughters, Laura Jean Thomae and Pamela Thomae Starr. Chuck passed away in 1999 just shy of their 40th wedding anniversary. Vicki is survived by both daughters, her son-in-law Ray Alzamora, and her beloved grandchildren, Bo Starr, Jessica Alzamora and Sarah Alzamora. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Carolyn Thomae and was predeceased by her younger sister, Joyce. Vicki’s life will be honored at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, October 26, 2018, followed by a reception for all at St. Andrew’s. She will be laid to rest at Limona Village Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated.