Mary Kathryn Lytle Aptowitz, 85, of Brattleboro, Vt., died peacefully Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the home of her daughter, Hilary Aptowitz Laudamus.
Mary was born in Richwood on July 13, 1928, to the late Fay Chester and Margaret Hill Lytle and was also preceded in death by her husband, Frederick, and a sister, Martha Lytle Foulk.
She is survived by her children, Julien (Jeanne) Aptowitz of Hauppauge, Long Island, N.Y., Patricia (Savino) Aptowitz Salvo of Reggio Amelia, Italy, Hilary (Leif) Aptowitz Laudamus of Brattleboro, Vt., and Sara Aptowitz Gattrell of Terre Haute, Ind.; three brothers, Don (Grace) Lytle of West Liberty and John Lytle and Larry (Carolyn) Lytle, of Bellefontaine; a sister, Donna (Darrell) Lytle Jolliff of Bellefontaine; grandchildren, Jocelyn and Rachel Aptowitz, Helena, Daniele “Danny” and Margareth “Maggie” Salvo, and Forrest, Mary and Ezra Gattrell; and many nieces and nephews.
Mary graduated from West Mansfield High School in 1946, attended Wilmington College for two years and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1950. She obtained her master’s degree in library science from Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
She worked at the State Library in Columbus while attending OSU, and after graduation from Western Reserve, she worked at the Dayton Public Libraries. She then joined the U.S. Army in the early 1950s and worked at the library in Munich, Germany, where she met Frederick Aptowitz, who was studying medicine at the University of Munich. They were married Sept. 11, 1959.
While living in Germany, Mary and Fred traveled extensively; they especially loved Italy where they honeymooned and they traveled back to Italy many times.
Mary loved books, music and especially being with family, both her immediate family and the family she and Fred created.
She was a loving daughter, sister, friend, wife and mother. She forgot little and remembered much in regard to birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and other important events of family members and friends.
A graveside service will take place in the fall on Long Island, N.Y.