LITTLETON - Ruth Nelson Gowitzke, 78, of Littleton, passed away peacefully at home on Monday July 22, 2013, with her family at her side just before her 79th birthday. Born in 1934 at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, to Errold and Rowena (King) Nelson, an older sister to Richard, Neal (Joe), and James Nelson. She graduated as valedictorian from Haverhill Academy in 1952.
Ruth married Robert S. Gowitzke on Sept. 18, 1954, at the Methodist Church in Woodsville. She was employed by the USDA, Farm Bureau until starting her family. Ruth made being a homemaker and mother her career. Ruth and Bob lived in Woodsville, until 1957, and then moved to Littleton to make their home.
Ruth was a lifelong learner, always taking classes such as painting, playing the keyboard, etc. She was a member of the Emblem Club, Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary Post 20, and VFW
Auxiliary Post 816. She enjoyed playing with her grandchildren, many crafts, was a talented painter, loved to collect recipes and cookbooks, and cooking was one of her favorite things to do. She was an avid shopper. Ruth and Bob were accomplished dancers and could be found at all the local dance halls. Her favorite sports teams were Littleton Crusaders, Littleton Beavers hockey team, Green Bay Packers, and the Boston Red Sox.
Ruth is survived by Robert S. Gowitzke of Littleton and Malabar, Fla., William N. Gowitzke and his wife Young-A of Melbourne, Fla., Thomas C. Gowitzke and his wife Kathy of Bethlehem and John R. Gowitzke and his wife Esther of Gales Ferry, Conn.; nine grandchildren,; five great-grandchildren; mother, Rowena Nelson; brothers Richard, Neal (Joe), and James Nelson; 11 nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her father, Errold Nelson, and two nieces.
SERVICES: Visiting hours will be Thursday July 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a celebration of life ceremony to follow at Ross Funeral Home, 282 West Main St. Littleton. Interment will take place privately at Glenwood Cemetery in Littleton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the
, 10 Ferry St., Suite 419, Concord, 03301 or North Country Home Health and Hospice, 536 Cottage St. Littleton, 03561. A special thank you to Dr. John Spicer, Angela Hawkins, PA-C, and North Country Hospice for their compassionate care of Ruth and all of our family during her illness. To offer private notes of condolence to the family go to www.RossFuneral.com