FRANKLIN, Massachusetts – Henry Joseph Gottberg, 88, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2017 at his daughter’s home in Franklin, Massachusetts.
Mr. Gottberg was born on April 29, 1929 in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of the late Harry and the Hazel Newman Gottberg and grew up in Ohio and Jacksonville, Florida.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948, the summer before his senior year in high school, earning his G.E.D. while in the service. He served in Germany and Sergeant Henry Gottberg was honorably discharged in 1952.
He met his future wife and the love of his life, Charlotte Mead, while attending classes at Kent State.
He worked as a central office repairman at Ohio Bell/Ameritech for 35 years and also raised beef cattle on a small farm in Lisbon, Ohio.
He served as an elder and deacon at the former Trinity Presbyterian Church in Lisbon, volunteered with the Special Olympics through the Pioneers and loved attending Lisbon’s High School football games.
He and his wife loved hosting events on their farm and he gave many hayrides through the years. After their retirement, they moved to Salem for five years and then relocated to Ft. Myers, Florida, where they enjoyed 15 years with family and friends. Henry and Charlotte then moved to Franklin, Massachusetts in 2010 to live with their daughter, Debra, due to their declining health.
In addition to his parents, Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Gottberg, in 2014 and by his four brothers, Clifford, Lester, Robert and Earl Gottberg.
He is survived by his daughters, Debra and her husband, Gary, of Franklin, Massachusetts and Melanie Wagner and her husband, Randy, of Willard, Ohio; his son, Matthew Gottberg; his beloved grandchildren, Marc Stiffler and his wife, Veronica, of Orlando, Florida, Eric Stiffler and his wife, Kayla, of Dedham, Massachusetts, Traci Stiffler and her husband, Pat McNeal of Baldwinsville, New York, Tyler Wagner and his partner, Greg Miranda of Aurora, Colorado, Cory Wagner and his wife, Malenia of Sandusky, Ohio and Christopher Gottberg of Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania and Kelly; two great-grandsons; a great-granddaughter; his sister-in-law and her husband, Nick and Lois Popa of Blacklick, Ohio; brother-in-law, Gary Mead and his wife, Jan, of Logan Ohio; sister-in-laws, Marina Willer of Leawood, Kansas and Betty Gottberg of Marietta, Georgia as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3 at the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church, 111 East Chestnut Street, Lisbon, Ohio, with the Rev. Ross Jackson officiating.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3.
Burial with full military honors will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Beloit, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Henry may be made to the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements were handled by Ginley Funeral Home in Franklin, Massachusetts and Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home Lisbon, Ohio. Friends and family may send online condolences online at www.eells-leggett-stauffer.com.
A television tribute will air Monday, May 29 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.