In Loving Memory of Carolyn K. Tommins

April 29, 1929
Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY
August 05, 2017
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Spear-Miller Funeral Home, Tuesday 5-8 PM

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

August 15, 2017


Our Lady of the Assumption Church

Mass of Christian Burial

545 Stratfield Road (Route 59),
CT 06825

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 10:00 AM


Calvary Cemetery


August 16, 2017

Family Gathering


Catholic Charities of Fairfield County

238 Jewett Avenue,
CT 06606

Sticks for Soldiers

PO Box 475,
CT 06824

Carolyn K. Tommins

Mrs. Carolyn K. Tommins, of Fairfield, CT, formerly of Rockville Centre, NY, Ocean Ridge, FL and Rosendale, NY, passed away peacefully at her home on August 5, 2017, surrounded by family after a long illness. She was pre-deceased by her husband of 61 years, John F Tommins Sr.
She was born in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn on April 29, 1929, where she lived until moving to Rockville Centre in high school. She was the daughter of John Schwint and Caroline (nee Tjarks) and loving stepfather Edmund J. Keating. She is survived by her 4 children and their spouses: John Jr. (Carmel) of Thornton, CO; James (Trish); Carolyn Whalen (Bill); and William (Paula), all of Fairfield, as well as 11 grandchildren- Erin, Marie, Rose , Katie, Jamie, Patrick, Michael, William, Thomas, Madeleine, Mia, and 5 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth Keating of Lake Worth, FL, and brother Kenneth Schwint of St. Petersburg.
A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, she enjoyed family, fashion, antiquing, and dancing with her husband, Jack. She relished the 40+ summer seasons and friends at Sun & Surf Beach Club in Atlantic Beach, NY, and fall foliage trips to her family’s country home in upstate New York. With Jack, she learned to play golf and tennis, while introducing him to snow skiing and ice skating. Their annual visit to see Jack and Carmel and her granddaughters in Colorado was always special and anticipated, as was the winter trek to their Florida home after retirement. Carolyn was also a dedicated parishioner at Our Lady of Assumption in Fairfield, and in her former home of Rockville Centre, at St. Agnes Cathedral. She was most proud and honored to be the chairperson of a successful annual St. Agnes Bishop’s Appeal fundraising effort in the 1970’s and involved in the school’s Mother’s Club with her school-aged children. Prior to marriage, she was a scholarship graduate of the Tobe- Coburn School of Fashion Merchandising, and worked as a buyer for the Stern Brothers Department Store in New York City. During that time and her youth, she traveled to Europe, Cuba, Canada, and across the US. With that experience, she was very fond of telling all her grandchildren to “see America first”.
The family also wishes to thank Judith, Mrs. Tommins’s caregiver of more than two years, for her companionship, devotion and kindness.
Spear-Miller Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Family visitation will be Tuesday, August 15th from 5 to 8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of the Assumption in Fairfield on Wednesday, August 16th. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Queens, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, or Sticks For Soldiers, Inc. For more information,

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6 Guestbook Entries for Carolyn K. Tommins

  1. Bill, I am so sorry to her of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    In Sympathy- Sharon Stone

  2. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Carolyn. Gone but not forgotten a wonderful promise in God’s word the Bible to restore the loved ones we have lost in death back to life John 5:28,29, on a brand-new Paradise Earth no more sickness pain nor death life without end Revelation 21:1-5.

  3. R I P Carolyn , my deepest condolence to the families, Carolyn you are gone but will not be forgotten. Jack , Jimmy, Billy , Carolyn and all the extended family my taught and prayers are with you all at this time . Sharon Stephenson

  4. I was so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. A long-time family friend of the Kelly’s (Bill & Shirley), she will be greatly missed. Please accept our sincere sympathies and know that she will be remembered in our prayers.

  5. Dear Jack, Jim, Carolyn, Bill and Families, My family joins me in sending our heartfelt condolences to each of you on the loss of your beloved mother & my dear Aunt Carolyn. We are recalling the loving, humorous, and poignant family memories of Aunt Carolyn all through her many years with us. Family came first —- always. Thank you, Aunt Carolyn, for the summer vacation trips to the museums, the historic landmarks, Rosendale, NY, and the Beach Club. You will take our love with you into Eternity.

    May the Angels lead you into paradise; May the martyrs come to welcome you, and lead you to the Holy City – the New and Eternal Jerusalem.

  6. On Behalf of Aunt Mary Jane –

    Dearest Kids, My heartfelt sympathy to each of you on the loss of your Mother. As I told each of you in my notes, Carolyn was a loving sister-in-law and was a beautiful addition to our family. Her suffering has passed now and she is now with the love of her life, my dear brother – Jack and they are together forever! I love you, Carolyn, and I will miss you until we are all together again. God Bless you all and my prayers are with you at this time. Love, Aunt Mary Jane