Lillian F. Wohlmuth, 104, of travel firm

Lillian F. Wohlmuth
Lillian F. Wohlmuth
Posted: December 07, 2012

Lillian Farbman Wohlmuth, 104, of Center City, a career woman long before it was the norm, died Monday, Dec. 3, at her home.

Mrs. Wohlmuth's longevity was due to the fact that she followed the Phillies devotedly on TV, exercised regularly, and stayed engaged with her family, said niece Jo Anne Deglin.

Mrs. Wohlmuth broke a hip at 101, but earlier could be seen walking laps around Rittenhouse Square into her early 90s.

One of eight children born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Wohlmuth graduated in 1926 from West Philadelphia High School for Girls. She was in the National Honor Society, wrote the music for the class song, and played Liszt on the piano at graduation.

In 1930, she earned her bachelor of science degree in education, with honors, from Temple University.

Her first job was teaching office skills at the Mastbaum Vocational School, but she was soon transferred to South Philadelphia High School for Girls, where she taught typing and shorthand. She also taught at West Philadelphia High School until retiring in June 1958.

She married Max K. Wohlmuth in the 1930s. Her husband, the founder of Admiral Travel in Center City, died in 1962.

After his death, Mrs. Wohlmuth and her son, Edward, operated the travel business. Among their clients were the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Flyers.

The company was sold in 1980, but Mrs. Wohlmuth continued working in the travel industry until she retired at 91.

A Center City resident for more than four decades, she was known for her stylish dress and youthful appearance.

An active sportswoman in her younger years, she played competitive tennis. She also was an accomplished bridge player.

Survivors, in addition to her niece, include a grandson; a great-granddaughter; two sisters; and other nieces and nephews. Her sons, Ed and Paul, died previously.

A graveside funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Har Nebo Cemetery, 6061 Oxford Ave., with interment to follow.


Contact Bonnie L. Cook at 215-854-2611 or bcook@phillynews.com.

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