Rolf Wittich left us on December 21, 2020. He was born January 13, 1926 in Donaueschingen, Germany, immigrating to Brooklyn, NY with his parents Hans and Anna (Pfeiffer) Wittich when he was a toddler. His first wife, Leni Lowe, and mother to his two daughters, passed on September 4th. He is also predeceased by his second wife, Joyce. Rolf is survived by; his daughters, Carla Sternberg and Marilyn Dawes and son-in-law Lynn Dawes; Carla's two sons, Jesse Sternberg with long-time partner Leah Camilleri and Ericn Sternberg with his wife, Brittany and daughter Amelie Sternberg. Marilyn's two sons; Jason Daniels with his wife Andrea and their two children Jordyn and Dominic, and Neal Dawes with His long-time partner Brianna Malone.
Rolf served in the Tenth Mountain Division of the US Armed Forces in northern Italy during and shortly after WWII, awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He was a lifetime member of the Nature Friends, which was how he met and later married Leni, who was from Davos, Switzerland. He grew up in Brooklyn, NYC, living on Hart Street. His father was a mountain climber and they traveled extensively throughout the Rocky Mountains and Grand Tetons. Rolf liked to brag about climbing the Grand Canyon at the age of 5. He climbed to the top of most of the higher Adirondack peaks by the time he was a teenager. As a young man he settled with his family in the Bronx working as and Engineer in Queens. In 1969 he moved from the Bronx to Richford, NY, taking over the farmstead from which his Parents retired to Florida. There he started his business, Ozark Service which later became Richford Trading. He served as Town of Richford Supervisor for several years. He loved his rural Community and helped plant hundreds of trees. He loved and had a deep respect for nature. Rolf found joy with a short term hobby racing a Formula 1 race car, and participated for many Years in annual motorcycle rallies in Florida. He loved jazz and listening to the opera. He was a well-respected business man who easily made friends and will be very much missed by his family. Services are private. Please express condolences online at www.SavageFS.com. Arrangements were entrusted to SAVAGE-DeMarco Funeral Service in Binghamton.
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