In Memory of



Obituary for Estelle Thomas

Estelle Thomas, 96, of Stafford, entered into Eternal Rest on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by her four children. She was born in San Antonio, TX, the daughter to the late Rufino and Rosaura (Garcia) Tabarez. At age 11, she moved to San Francisco, CA, where she worked as a parachute rigger during WWII. She met her husband, the late Richard E. Thomas, Sr., while he was stationed in CA in the Navy. They were married on July 6, 1946 and moved to Brooklyn, NY, where they made their home and raised their four children. Estelle and Richard retired to Florida in 1984. She was a former member of the Dutch Reformed Church in Brooklyn and was involved in their choir. More recently, she was a member of the United Methodist Church of Stafford. Estelle enjoyed vacationing to the Poconos, spending time with her family, cooking and gardening. She was an avid tennis player and enjoyed playing well into her 80's. Estelle is survived by her four loving children, Richard E. Thomas, Jr., of Rochester Hills, MI, Gary E. Thomas of New Rochelle, NY, Nancy E. Lopez and her husband, Don, of Seminole, AL, and Roy Thomas and his fiancée, Ava Paterwic, of Stafford Springs, CT; a brother, Roy Tabarez and his wife, Jan of Montery, CA; a sister, Lucy Castro of Pleasant Valley, CA; five grandchildren, Zachery M. Thomas and his wife, Kim, Andrew E. Thomas, Ashley E. Cogan and her husband, Justin, Laura E. Lopez and Christopher R. Thomas; five great grandchildren, Riley Lopez, Susan Thomas, Charlotte Cogan, and Victoria and Lorenzo Thomas; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for calling hours on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm at Somers Funeral Home, 354 Main Street, Somers, CT 06071. A funeral service will begin at 6:00 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be held privately. Donations in memory of Estelle may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852. To leave online condolences please visit