Carol Ann (nee Yorg) Rothman
Carol, 74, daughter, wife and lover for 53 ½ years, loving mother of two, grandmother of three, passed peacefully of natural causes, at Hope Hospice Health Park on Tuesday, Jan5. Carol was born in Red Bank, New Jersey and was the daughter of Frederick T. and Verna (nee Harrison) Yorg of West Long Branch, New Jersey. Carol graduated from Shore Regional High School in West Long Branch in 1964 and attended Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont.
In 1967, Carol married Thomas Tyler Rothman, son of William and Katherine (nee Tyler) Rothman of Little Silver, New Jersey.
Carol had several careers in her lifetime. First and foremost she was mother and homemaker to her family of four, putting them ahead of any of her own desires, always. As the children grew and entered middle and high school, Carol got involved in their school programs and used her artistic talents to lead the school yearbook development, became Public Relations Director for the Avon Grove School District, and freelance photographer and reporter for the local newspapers. As a photographer Carol concentrated on portraiture and developed a skill and reputation for photographing women in pregnancy in her private studio.
In 1998 Carol graduated Summa Cum-Laude from Cecil County Community College in Maryland, with two Associate of Applied Science Degrees. One in Visual Communications and the second in Professional Photography. As technology changed Carol starting using computers in her photography and became a proficient graphical design artist, helping to illustrate several local books.
Carol lived with her husband Tom, in Dover, NJ, Troy, NY, West Chester, PA, Newark DE, and Landenberg, PA but on their honeymoon in 1967 they had visited and fallen in love with the sanctuary island of Sanibel on Florida’s west coast. So it wasn’t a surprise when they moved to Sanibel in 2001 when Tom retired. With Carol’s love of animals, she immediately volunteered to work at CROW, caring for and rescuing animals in any way she could. Carol was fearless and once rescued a 3 foot alligator, to the excitement of the crowd that was watching. Later, Carol accepted responsibility for organizing and managing the CROW gift shop in their new facility.
Carol’s early career was in studio photography and was particularly talented in portraits, but after moving to Sanibel Carol concentrated on the abundant wildlife in South West Florida and the Everglades. She exhibited her work at art shows on Sanibel and Cape Coral, won several photo awards. Her photographic art of family and wildlife adorns the walls of many family members and friends.
But Carol’s life was not without pain. As a teenager Carol was diagnosed with scoliosis of the spine and endured a complex surgery to fuse 15 vertebrae in her lower back, spending her junior year in a upper body cast. Still, Carol finished high school and started college with the rest of her class but it left her with chronic pain that would always follow her. Later in life, her career at CROW and in wildlife photography was ended when Carol severed her right shoulder in a home fall. A partially prosthetic arm added more pain but Carol was a strong person that worked through these adversities to enjoy her family and her life.
Carol loved to travel and was fortunate to have visited many states in the U.S. from the Atlantic to the Pacific as well as England, France, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Columbia, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, many islands in the Caribbean, and Korea and Japan in the Far East.
Carol was always an avid sports fan. A competitive swimmer in her teens, a competitive bowler in her mid years, and in later years a huge football and soccer fan. On Sunday afternoons, and Monday and Thursday nights during football season, there was nothing she liked more than to watch her Green Bay Packers play, while texting comments about the games with her close friends and sports fans, Joan and Lyn.
Carol is survived by her husband Tom, her daughter Kelly Ann Aude of Issaquah, Washington, her son Dr. Michael Tyler Rothman of Lilburn, Georgia and her three grand children, Owen Tee Aude, and Evangelia Hope and Tyler Thomas, Rothman. It would be Carol’s request that because of COVID safety, donations be made in her name to the Turtle Watch Program (in which Carol and Tom have been volunteers for 19 years), at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957.