May 1, 2016
Ross Gardner Wittemann, 86, of Glastonbury, died on Sunday, May 1,
2016 at Hartford Hospital with loving family members at his side.
on Sept. 7, 1929 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Gladys Gardner Wittemann and
Herman Ludwig Wittemann, Ross spent most of his early years in
Maplewood, NJ. He held a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering
from Lehigh University. He served two years in the U. S. Army and was
Ross came to the Hartford area in 1961 to become
Manager of Engineering for the Loctite Corporation and was for two
years president of its subsidiary in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He later
served as manager of corporate development for Veeder Industries. In
his last career, he worked in the commercial real estate field. He was
an avid theater-goer and he acted with amateur groups. He was
particularly active with the former Mark Twain Masquers where he
served as president in 1967.
He married Elizabeth (Betsy) Bues in
1967, with whom he celebrated 48 years of marriage and with whom he
had two children, Audrey Wennink of Chicago; and Paul Wittemann of
Arlington, Mass. An active member of the Glastonbury Exchange Club for
40 years, he served as its president on two occasions. Ross
volunteered for many years with Books for the Blind. He was on a
volunteer breakfast team with the House of Bread in Hartford for more
than twenty years until the time of his death. He loved to travel.
With his wife, a travel writer, he co-authored the book, The Fireside
Guide to New England Inns and Restaurants, published by Wood Pond
Press in 1995.
He was an avid downhill skier, and especially enjoyed
skiing in Vermont. He loved listening to jazz. In addition to his wife
and children, he was devoted to his two grandchildren: Claire A. Wennink of Chicago, IL and Charles Fraser Wittemann of Arlington,
Mass.; his son-in-law, Herbert Wennink of Chicago; and
daughter-in-law, Kate Wittemann of Arlington, Mass. He was close to
his brother-and sister-in-law, Lawrence and Mary Jo Bues of Trumbull,
CT and their children.
A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. at
the Green Cemetery, Hubbard Street, Glastonbury on Friday, May 6,
2016. Donations may be made to the Glastonbury Exchange Club, P. O.
Box 641, Glastonbury, CT 06033. Glastonbury Funeral Home is in charge
of arrangements. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.glastonburyfuneral.com