Letitia "Tish" (Noss) Mutter

Obituary from NYTimes

1929 - 2009 Letitia (Tish) Noss Mutter died peacefully on May 22 at Linda Manor in Norhampton, Mass., after a long illness. She was 79.

Tish was born in Boxford, Mass., in 1929, the daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. Frederick B. Noss. She attended schools in Andover, Mass., where her father served as Pastor of the South Church for 35 years. She graduated in 1950 from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., and received a Masters Degree at Western Connecticut College in Danbury, Conn.

After college, Tish worked for the former G. & C. Merriam Company (Merriam-Webster Co.) in Springfield, Mass., and Rutgers University Library in New Brunswick, N.J. Later she worked for Greenwood Press in Westport, Conn., and for 13 years at the United Nations. After her retirement as a Unit Chief there in 1990, she worked as a freelance book indexer. She was a longtime resident of Westport, Conn.

She was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club--and its Four-Thousand Foot Club, having climbed the forty-eight 4,000 foot mountains in New Hampshire--and the South Church in Amherst, Mass., an associate member of Center Church in South Hadley, and the South Hadley Chorale. She was active in the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association, and served on numerous boards and committees in connection with the association, and received the Mt. Holyoke Alumnae Medal of Honor. Most recently she served as Co-Chair of her class's 50th Reunion.

She and her husband, Rudy, developed and managed the family owned tree farm in North Sandwich, N.H., an area in which she spent many vacations and summers from the time she was a baby. After she retired from the U.N., they took up bicycle riding again, and rode over 3,000 miles locally, on the C and O Canal, on Cape Cod, and on a number of bicycle Elderhostels in Europe. She also enjoyed hiking, camping, swimming and photography.

She leaves her beloved husband of 57 years, Rudy; sons John George of Upper Montclair, N.J., and Rudolph Frederick of North Andover, Mass.; daughter Susan Helen Mutter Boquist, of Concord, Mass.; and three grandsons, Max Frederick Mutter, Tobias Clark Mutter, and Alexander Noss Mutter; two sisters, Jane N. Bidwell of Avon, Conn.; and Augusta N. Howe of Seattle, Wash.; four nephews and a niece.

Her ashes will be buried on family property atop Young Mt. in North Sandwich, N.H., at the convenience of the family.

Her husband Rudy Mutter's Obit

Rudolph F. (Rudy) Mutter, 81

Rudolph F. (Rudy) Mutter, of Northampton, Mass., a 30-year resident of Westport where he served on the Board of Education and Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died suddenly on Saturday, Feb. 13 2010.

Born in Easthampton, Mass., on Aug. 6, 1928, he was the son of the late Rudolph F. and Emma (Meyer) Mutter. He attended schools there, graduating from Easthampton High School and the former Williston Academy ( The Williston-Northampton School ). He also graduated from the University of Massachusetts where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.

During high school and college, he worked in his father’s plumbing business, the R. F. Mutter Company in Easthampton. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War, and was a member of the reserves for a number of years, being discharged as a captain.

Much of his business career was spent with American Standard and the Nestle Company as a marketing and sales executive. In recent years, as president of The Sunrise Group in South Hadley, he was a management, advertising and marketing consultant.

In 2001, he wrote and published a family history,"A Different World, From Old Germany to New England.”

He was very active in community affairs. He served as a member of the Representative Town Meeting in both Easthampton and, from 1977 to 1981, in Westport. He was a member of the Westport Republican Town Committee, and a member and chairman of the Westport Board of Education.

For a time, he was a member of the League of Women Voters. He was also a founder, longtime member and chairman of the board of the Saugatuck Nursery School in Westport.

He was very active in the Saugatuck Congregational Church during the 30 years he lived in Westport, as well as the Center Church in South Hadley, Mass.,and the South Church in Amherst, Mass., serving in a wide variety of capacities.

He and his wife, Tish, developed and managed the family owned 430-acre tree farm in North Sandwich, N.H. which they placed under a conservation easement to protect it for future generations.

He was a Cerfified Tree Farmer, and a member of the American Forestry Association, Appalachian Mountain Club, C & O Canal Association, The Society For the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the Wonalancet Outdoor Club, and the Friends of the Sandwich Range.

After his wife retired from the United Nations, they took up bicycle riding again, and rode more than 3,000 miles locally, on the C & O Canal, on Cape Cod, and on a number of bicycle Elderhostels in Europe.

He also enjoyed hiking, camping, sailing, swimming and photography.

He claimed that he and Tish lived in the four corners of the globe--Easthampton, Mass., Westport, Conn., North Sandwich, N.H., and South Hadley, Mass.

His wife, Tish predeceased him. He leaves children, John of Upper Montclair, N.J., Rudolph Frederick of North Andover, Mass., and Susan Boquist of Concord, Mass., three grandsons and several nephews and nieces. His brother, Larry predeceased him.

His ashes will be buried on family property atop Young Mt. in North Sandwich, N.H., with those of his wife at the convenience of the family.

Some notes from her daughter Susan:

After a short illness, Rudy died suddenly at Cooley Dickinson Hospital on Saturday, February 13th, 2010, in Northampton, MA. He was born in the same hospital.

I (Susan) was fortunate to visit him Saturday morning and other close friends were able to visit in the afternoon. I truly believe that he made it through Thanksgiving and then Christmas but he couldn't bear to spend Valentine's Day without our mother.