Werner W. Kabitzke
June 28, 2015
Werner Wilhelm Kabitzke of Milford died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday morning, June 28th 2015 at home. Son of the late Wilhelm and Elisabeth (Weihe) Kabitzke, he was born on June 13th 1927 in Germany. He was a horticulturist/grower and worked twenty five years of his life in Germany as an environmentally responsible landscaper returning strip-mined areas to their natural beauty.
Werner immigrated to the U.S. in 1971, and started a greenhouse nursery in Southern Maine. He grew and supplied plants wholesale and retail for all of New England, until his retirement in 1992. He devoted the remainder of his life to growing orchids, winning many best-of-show prizes at exhibitions in New York City and throughout New England. He was a past member of the Mid-Hudson Orchid Society, and belonged to three German-American clubs.
Werner was married to Hildegard (Wippich) for fifty years, until her death in 1998. He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Kathrin DeSmedt (with husband Bill) of Milford and Susanne Wells (with husband Hal) of Hampden ME; and sons Werner Albert Kabitzke (with wife Pam) and Stefan Kabitzke (with girlfriend Robin Roberge), both of Newfield ME. Werner also had seven grandchildren (Jeffrey, Daniel, Adrian, Lucas, Benjamin, Oliver, and Mallory), and six great-grandchildren (Molly, Hanna, Dominick, Fiona, Tristan, and Everett).
Memorial donations may be made to the Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County, 321 Fifth St., Milford PA 18337.
Arrangements are by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford PA.