Arno Witt

Obituary of Arno K. Witt

Witt, Arno K.

SOUTH BETHLEHEM - Arno K. Witt, 85, of South Bethlehem, passed away Monday, December 13, 2021, at his home after a brief illness. Arno was born December 10, 1936, in Elbing, Germany, the son of the late Kurt Ernst and Helene (Spickowski) Witt. After immigrating to the U.S.,    Arno Witt immigrated to America with his parents and brother, Manfred, in March 1952. He attended the Milne School in Albany, NY, where he met his high school sweetheart, Moira.     They married in 1958 and had two beautiful children, Anne and Kurt.  Arno was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1960 and served in Germany with the 385th Military Police Battalion in Kornwestheim, during the Vietnam war.   He served the rest of his tour in the National Guard where he became Staff Sergeant. He later worked at a Chevrolet dealership in Albany as an automotive technician for 42 years.  Arno and Moira built a home in South Bethlehem, where they raised Anne and Kurt. Arno joined the Selkirk Fire Department and became 3rd Assistant Chief of Company No.3.  He was also Captain and President of the Bethlehem Volunteer Ambulance Service. Arno was a member of the Colonie Elks Lodge and the American Legion Post 1231 in Rensselaer, NY.     He and his family weremembers of the German American club of Albany since 1953.  Arno had many passions including gardening and painting.  He was a collector, with many model trains and cars, both domestic and German.  He spent many hours building things with his father and loved all animals and wildlife.  Arno traveled across the country during his lifetime and enjoyed vacations to places like Hawaii and Alaska.  He especially liked family trips to Cape May, NJ.  Arno had countless happy hours with family and friends, including Ruth and Egon Reichmann. He went many times to the Mountain Brauhaus in Round Top, NY, as well as the German clubs in Albany and Troy, to listen to expert accordion players Paulus Emsilig, Gregory Weinwald and Herbie Liebenhagen, for a wonderful evening, full of authentic dining, German music and Gemutlichkeit.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 63 years, Moira Jane (Hickey) Witt, his brother, Manfred (Sandra) Witt and his loving children Anne (Kevin) Harrington and Kurt (Michelle) Witt. He was the proud Opa to his grandchildren Sean, Michael, Amber, Richard, McKayla, Scott and Melissa and seven great-grandchildren. 

Family and friends are invited to his visitation hours Saturday December 18 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM at the Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home Inc., 165 Columbia Tpk in Rensselaer, with a memorial service following at 2:00 PM.      In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Arno’s name to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society 1 Marcus Blvd #104, Albany, NY 12205.

 


 

To   learn more about Arno’s life, please ask his family for a copy of his book, “Escape from Elbing.”

 

 

 

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Saturday
18
December

Calling Hours

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home Inc.
165 Columbia Tpk
Rensselaer, New York, United States
518-449-7047
Saturday
18
December

Memorial Service

2:00 pm
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home, Inc.
165 Columbia Turnpike
Rensselaer, New York, United States
518-449-7047
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