John Clauss Ettinger

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John Clauss Ettinger

  • Birth 2 Jun 1903 Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 21 Jan 1976 Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 14665274

John Clauss Ettinger was a son of Charles Henry Ettinger and Emma (nee Clauss) Ettinger, baptized at Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania on October 15, 1903. He was the youngest brother of Henry and Paul. He also had two other siblings- a brother, Walter or Walnut, who lived about 11 months, and another boy whose name is not presently known, who was probably stillborn or not long-lived.

John married Leona M (nee Cooperman) Ettinger, and was father to John Henry Ettinger, Esther Ellen (nee Ettinger) Nesley, and Nancy (nee Ettinger) Peters.

Three sons inherited C. H. Ettinger, the family plumbing, heating and roofing business. John's specialty was roofing.

Though he was the youngest living son, in a sense he was the middle boy; he is remembered as the peacemaker in the family. My grandpa, resentful that their older brother Paul had the greater share of the family business owing to his being the eldest, carried this tension with him, and it was John who calmed him down when these feelings flared. John is also remembered as a man to whom anyone could go and tell their troubles without fear of judgement. It's said he never told you what to do, but merely presented options and asked you questions in a way that made you think things through.

As the father of two daughters and a son, John is also remembered as a dad who could make each child feel he or she was his favorite.

John was mindful that both his brothers had passed close to the age of 71 or 72. When his daughter called just after his 72nd birthday and mentioned she had a card for him but would save it until next year, he had her come over right away to deliver it. Sadly, that turned out to be the right call.

In his later years, John had heart difficulties for which he took the diuretic Lasix. He passed unexpectedly and suddenly at home one day, despite the best efforts of his wife and daughter to resuscitate him. He had not yet turned 73.


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  • Created by: sr/ks
  • Added: 21 Jun 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14665274
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Clauss Ettinger (2 Jun 1903–21 Jan 1976), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14665274, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by sr/ks (contributor 46847659) .