Rockport, MA — Ruth Freda (Litke) Hohensee of Rockport, died peacefully surrounded by family, on September 21, following complications of a stroke. She leaves behind a devoted husband, Kenneth Hohensee; two adoring daughters, Fern Taylor and Caroline Fitzpatrick (Bredice), all of Rockport; a loving son, Paul Bredice, of Palm City, Fla. and a stepson, John Bredice Jr., of Hyannis. She is predeceased by a daughter, Aleta Taylor, also of Rockport; a son, John Taylor, Jr., of Southbury, Conn.; a stepson, Arnold Bredice, of Prospect, Conn.; in addition to several siblings. Besides her husband and children, she leaves a brother, Norman Litke, of Naugatuck; a sister, Claire Ardry of Beacon Falls, Conn.; four grandchildren: Stephanie Dehner (Santore) of Brookline, Lauren Santore of Lexington, Isabel and Brennan Fitzpatrick, both of Rockport, and two great-grandchildren.
She was born on March 8, 1923, in Naugatuck, Conn., one of eight children of the late Albert G. and Frederica W. Litke (Yolke) Sr., and graduated from Naugatuck High School in 1942. Never shy of adventure, she became an avid pilot in the early ‘40’s. A travel agent for close to two decades, she traveled the world leading tours and exploring on her own. After moving to Cape Ann in the early ‘80’s, she spent several years working for Tompkins Furniture in Salem and as a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lanesville. She married Kenneth Hohensee on November 28, 1992, in Rockport. Together, they continued to explore the world near and far, taking multiple trips and cruises together, and walking the woods and beaches near their Rockport home. She will forever be remembered for her great love of angels, flowers and the ocean, as well as the immense joy she got from sharing a swim with her children and grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington Street, Gloucester, at 1 p.m. on Monday, September 24, 2012. A graveside service will be held at Hillside Cemetery, Walnut Street, Torrington, CT, at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25. All family and friends are warmly invited to attend. There are no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth’s honor to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St. Gloucester, MA 01930. The family also wishes to thank the staff of Addison Gilbert Hospital for the care and compassion they bestowed on Ruth in her final days. Online condolences may be given at: www.burgessandmackeyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements by the Burgess & Mackey Funeral Home, 201 Main St. Rockport