Thomas William Lowenstein
July 20, 1935 – March 6, 2018
Thomas W. Lowenstein, age 82, of 945 Carolina Bell Road, Apex, NC, departed this life on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Tom passed away peacefully at the UNC Hospice Center in Pittsboro, NC.
Thomas was born on July 20, 1935 at the Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, NY to Norman Arthur Lowenstein and Onalee Estelle Lowenstein, (Tulley).
Tom was the oldest of three brothers; Thomas Lowenstein and James George Lowenstein and the youngest was Michael David Lowenstein.
In 1940 the Lowenstein family moved to Anchorage, Alaska. The boys had a carefree childhood growing up in Alaska. After Tom graduated from Anchorage High School in May of 1952, he decided to travel south to California. He attended the University of Santa Clara. Moving southeast he finished his college education in Alabama. Tom graduated from Spring Hill College in Mobile in 1958.
Later that year he obtained a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was promoted until he gained the rank of Captain, after which he ended his reserve service in 1962.
In 1965 Tom began a career in Civil Service. He began in the Bureau of Census and later transferred to the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. He worked as a computer specialist and was promoted to supervisor of his section. He retired in 1994.
In June 19, 1971 Tom wedded the love of his life, Helen Perun. The couple celebrated a Catholic marriage in Saint Matthews Cathedral in Washington, DC. They enjoyed 41 years of companionship and loving devotion to each other.
The couple produced a son, Christopher Thomas Lowenstein. Together they also raised Linda Kay Wonsock from Helen’s past marriage. Helen preceded Thomas in death on June 28, 2012.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Michael.
Thomas is survived by his brother, James George Lowenstein of Sequim, Washington and his son, Christopher Thomas Lowenstein of Phoenix, Arizona, and his stepdaughter, Linda Kay Petteway. (Steven).
He is loved and remembered by his grandsons Sean Michael Petteway (Susie Carlson) and Brandon Alan Petteway (Stephanie). His two great granddaughters, Helena and Esther Petteway have added special joy to his life.
The family wishes to express special appreciation to WakeMed Cary Hospital and the helpful staff at the UNC Hospice Center located at 100 Roundtree Way, Pittsboro, NC 27312
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages a donation to UNC Hospice Home Healthcare, Checks can be sent to:
Medical Foundation of North Carolina,880 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
An inurnment will take place in Fairfax Memorial Park, Fairfax, Virginia at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to www.ApexFuneral.net
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Thomas William Lowenstein
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March 9, 2018
Laura and I were at our new church attending mass and Laura says to me the lady behind us is my new boss so after mass we met. Two months later we were invited to celebrate 4th of July with Tom, Helen and family. Tom and Helen saw us as a very young couple with a child and they saw that we had no family or friends in town and I think they saw a little of themselves in us and reminded them of how it was when they arrived to the DC area. Anyways back to my story, when we were outside enjoying each others company Tom approached me and said "do you have experience with the grill?" and I said yes a little and he followed by saying "then you are in charge of the grill". I said but Tom I don't know if I am going to do a good job or not and then he gave me that smile of his and said "you will do fine trust me". That was Tom's way of making me feel welcome and that is how we started our relationship. After that he will get calls from me asking him how to do different repairs at home and for advice on different things. Tom and Helen were there for us and we will always cherish our memories of them. "May the sun shine warm upon your face and until we meet again may the Lord hold you in the palm of his hand". Love you both.