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May R. Uthenwoldt

July 21, 1912 — May 10, 2012

May Rutz Uthenwoldt of Wolfeboro, NH passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 10, 2012, just shy of her 100th birthday. May was born in Stamford, Connecticut on July 21, 1912. She was the daughter of Daisy B. and Frederick C. Rutz, and sister of Frederick S. Rutz. May, a gifted student and musician, graduated from Stamford High School at an early age. Following High School, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University, followed by a Master’s Degree from the University of Bridgeport, focusing on the use of music to help children grow socially, emotionally, and academically. She then began working toward her Sixth Year Degree. May brought her love of music and teaching to the Stamford (CT) Public School System, where she worked for forty-two years as a Music Supervisor. May was a published composer and author, creating hundreds of pieces of music and numerous plays. Her work was used in schools, churches, and on the radio, as far away as Australia. After retiring, she continued to be very active within the Wolfeboro community and with All Saints’ Church, especially All Saints’ nursery school. May married her beloved Fred W. Uthenwoldt, and they shared thirty-seven wonderful years together. She had a strong faith, and her greatest joy was her family. May enjoyed spending summers on Lake Winnipesaukee with family and friends, and eventually she moved to Wolfeboro full time. May was predeceased by her husband Fred. She is survived by her children: daughter Judy Hess and her husband Jerry, of Wolfeboro; son Gary and his wife Pam, of Wolfeboro; and daughter Nancy Thomas and her husband Jim, of Alton, as well as four grandchildren: Jen Tichy, Scott Hess, Lauren Uthenwoldt, and Katie Thomas; and cherished extended family.
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