- Deceased's name: Herman Gelbwasser
- Age: 71
- Date: Aug. 11
- Hometown: Mashpee and Rutland
Herman Gelbwasser, 71, of Mashpee, formerly of Rutland, died unexpectedly at home on Aug. 11. He was the loving husband of Bonnie (Romalis) Gelbwasser. They would have celebrated their 46th anniversary on Aug. 21.
Born in Manhattan, N.Y. on March 2, 1940, Mr. Gelbwasser was the son of the late Nathan and Frieda Gelbwasser. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School and held degrees in chemical engineering from New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Mr. Gelbwasser was a professor of chemistry and mathematics at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner for 45 years, retiring as professor emeritus in 2010. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and new dog, Mo. He also was a diehard Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics fan.
In addition to Bonnie, the love of his life, he is survived by his children, Michael of Massachusetts, Amy Payne and her husband Mark of New York and Sherry, also of Massachusetts; and his grandchildren, Shaylee and Riley Payne. He also leaves his brothers and their wives, Edward (Bernice) and Frank (Rhonda); a sister-in-law, Alice (Michael) Jacobs; a brother-in-law, Carl Romalis; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.
The family asks that contributions in Professor Gelbwasser’s memory be made to the Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation Inc., 440 Green St., Gardner, MA 01440.