Obituaries

These obituaries are being published online only for the October 7 issue of The Barnstable Enterprise. Additional obituaries for C. Ernest E. Bunker, Doris C. Chase, James M. Dunn, Stephen M. Hinckley, Ruth M. Hodziewich, John P. Kane, Delores M. Lauwers, Irene McGuinness, Haley, E. Mitchell, Giustino U. Reppucci, and William E. Winsloe can be read in the print edition or the online edition.

 

Barbara D. Welt

Barbara (Mills) Welt of South Harwich, 94, who leaves family in Centerville, died September 15 at Cape Cod Hospital.


She was the wife of Milton H. Welt. They were married for 74 years at the time of her death.


Born and raised in Portland, Maine, she was the daughter of Anne B. and George E. Mills


Known as Gogi, she was a 1933 graduate of Portland High School.
She worked as a model, was a pianist and vocalist, and sang on the radio show, “Uncle Dan’s Cavalcade of Stars” in Portland. She also performed with the band at the Cochato Club in Braintree during the 1940s.


She and her husband married in 1937, and they moved their family from Braintree to South Harwich in 1949. They attended the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Harwichport for 62 years.


Mrs. Welt performed with her family in many fundraising shows at Pilgrim Church, playing the piano for fashion shows, community events and nursing homes.


She also enjoyed playing cards and traveling.


She leaves three daughters, Drusilla Sunderman of Centerville, Elizabeth Wetherbee of Lowell, and Susan Lindholm of Sandwich; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.


She was predeceased by her sister Molly Partington.


A memorial celebration of her life was held last month at Pilgrim Congregational Church.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pilgrim Congregational Church, Route 28, Harwichport, MA, 02646.

 

Milton H. Welt

Milton H. Welt, 97, died at home in South Harwich on October 1, just 16 days following the death of Barbara (Mills) Welt, his wife of 74 years. He leaves family in Centerville.


Born in Everett, he was raised in Wollaston. He was the son of Jenny P. Wilson Welt and Howard L. Welt, and brother of Ruth Grant, who died earlier this year.


He leaves his three daughters, Drusilla Sunderman of Centerville, Elizabeth Wetherbee of Lowell and Susan Lindholm of Sandwich; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several cousins and two nephews.


A 1932 graduate of Thayer Academy in Braintree, he also attended North Yarmouth Academy in Yarmouth, Maine. He was a graduate of the Keith Parrish School of Art in Portland, and studied with watercolorists Carlton Plummer, Claude Croney and Betty Lou Schlemm.


Following their marriage in 1937, the couple lived in Portland, and Braintree, and in 1949, moved their family to South Harwich, where they began their 62-year relationship with Pilgrim Congregational Church in Harwichport.

Over the years, the family quintet sang at the church and produced many musical shows for church benefits. Mr. Welt was an usher and deacon of the church, and also sang in the choir for many years.


For the Town of Harwich, he served as chairman of the board of selectman and assessors, and worked with the Harwich Conservation Commission. He had been the executive director of the Cape Cod Planning and Economic Development Commission, and assistant register of deeds for Barnstable County. He also served as a corporator and on the board of investment for the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank.


A lifelong and award-winning artist, Mr. Welt created with oil, acrylic and pen and ink, but his passion was watercolor. He was a member of the Cape Cod Art Association, the Chatham Creative Arts Center, and the International Society of Marine Painters. He was one of the founding members of the Guild of Harwich Artists, and one of the original artists featured at the 820 Main Gallery in Harwich where his work is on display and where he worked until recently when his health declined.


A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 16, at 2 PM at Pilgrim Congregational Church, Route 28, Harwichport. A reception will follow in Monbleau Hall.

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