Thomas Joseph Northern, 81 of Baltimore, MD, passed in the presence of his loved ones on February 12, 2023 after a devoted, successful and fulfilled life.
Tom was born on Dec 15, 1941 to Elbert Northern and Mary Jean Northern (née Whitehill) in Kilmarnock, VA.
After Tom graduated from Calvert Hall in 1959, he went on to serve the country he loved country in the United States Marine Corp. Upon Tom’s return he went on to study business management at University of Pennsylvania and John’s Hopkins University while working for the Railroad. Receiving an Associates Degree, Tom was recruited into the medical and industrial gas industry at Liquid Carbonic. This began the start of a very long and lucrative career in this industry where he retired from Airgas USA LLC as the National Vice President of Bulk Sales in 2011.
On October 5, 1968, Tom married the one and only love of his life, Melva Wuestner at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Baltimore. After their extensive travels throughout Europe in the first 8 years of their marriage, they went on to have the other love of their life, their only daughter. Gretchen Whitehill Northern.
The avid fisherman and casual watercolor painter is predeceased by his parents, Elbert and Mary Jean Northern (née Whitehill), his brother Martin Northern and his beloved mother-in-law Eve Wuestner (née Carter). Tom is survived by his heartbroken wife and daughter, Melva Northern (née Wuestner) and Gretchen Northern, respectively, Brother-in-law, James Reider, Sister-in-law, Patricia Reider (née Wuestner), Nieces, Patricia Ormsby (née Reider), Jamie Triebwasser (née Reider), Kimberly Cataldo (née Reider), Bridget Guida (née Reider), Hilary Wallace (née Reider) and many great-nieces and great-nephews. Tom is survived by many lifelong friends whom he was loyal to and very grateful for. Also Patricia Stratemeyer (née Northern) is Tom’s surviving sister.
May Tom find his perfect place on beach to surf fish and paint amazing sunsets forever! Semper Fi!
Family and friends will be notified of a Mass in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church with a Celebration of Life at a later date.
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