OBITUARY: Carol A. Thorn

Carol A. Thorn, 86, a resident of Naples, Florida, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on July 5, 2023. Carol was the daughter of Donald H. Haider and Genevieve Brennan Haider of Winnetka, Illinois, and the granddaughter of Frank Brennan and Margaret Blake Brennan of Chicago, and Donald H. Haider and Anna Nolan of Wisconsin.

Carol A. Thorn

Carol was raised in Winnetka, where she attended Saints Faith, Hope, and Charity Catholic Church. She received her bachelor-of-arts degree from the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto and her master-of-arts degree in art history from Pope Pius XII Institute in Florence, Italy.

After a few years in advertising with J. Walter Thompson, Carol became a European tour conductor.

In 1963, Carol married Frank A. Thorn of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and in 1967 they moved to the sailing town of Marblehead, where they raised their three children and were active members of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church.

In 1979, Carol founded Lighthouse Realty in Marblehead. Carol was one of eight who chartered Christie’s Great Estates, and she was an initiating member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate.

When Frank retired from General Electric in 1987 after 36 years, the family began spending more time in Naples, where Carol was a longtime docent at the Baker Museum (Artis-Naples), and Frank played golf. They both attended St. William Catholic Church.

Carol was an avid swimmer (including synchronized swimming), skier, figure skater and tennis player. She always had a happy song in her heart. Carol will be remembered for her love of family and her deep devotion to her Catholic upbringing. She will also be remembered for her generosity, kindness and loving nature.

Carol was predeceased by her husband, Frank, who passed away in 2012 after almost 50 years of marriage. Carol is survived by her three children: Genevieve Thorn of Naples, Frank Thorn of Naples and Donald Thorn of St. Clair Shores, Michigan; her sister, Donna Migely of Winnetka; and her brother, Donald Haider of Chicago. Carol was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Haider.

A private funeral Mass will be held on Aug. 14, 2023, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, with interment to follow at Waterside Cemetery. A private family Mass will also be held in Naples. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Thorn family may be shared at

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