Gladys Ruth Catterton, 90, died peacefully on May 16, 2016, of natural causes. For 56 years, she was the beloved wife of David Earl Catterton. Born in New Haven, Conn., in 1926 to Abraham and Hattie Rosoff, she was predeceased by her beloved brother, Chester.
A force of nature, Glady spent her enormous energy and talents giving to others, and using her keen intelligence to find solutions to challenging problems. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1946. Growing up during the Great Depression shaped Glady’s social awareness, leading her to the NY School of Social Work and later a position as a social worker at the Goddard Riverside Neighborhood Center in NYC.
While in New York, Glady met her husband, David, and after enjoying several years in Greenwich Village, the couple moved to Greenwich, Conn., to raise their family. With a strong, optimistic spirit, Glady helped improve conditions within each community in which she lived, and inspired the people around her to do the same. Glady served for 17 years on the Board of Directors of the Greenwich YWCA, creating new programs in nutrition and high school student career mentorship. Most recently, she delighted in playing pivotal roles in various aspects of life at Edgewood.
She was engaged and curious about the world. She and David traveled extensively, forming lifelong friendships in several countries. Her two grandsons were her delight, and she took great joy in attending and celebrating their college graduations and imagining their bright futures.
Gladys is survived by her loving children, Amy Janovsky and her husband, Joel of Andover, Mass., and Robert Catterton and his wife, Gwynn O’Gara of Sebastopol, Calif.; her daughter-in-law, Lois Wasoff of Concord, Mass.; and two grandsons, David Janovsky and Chris Catterton. She was predeceased by her beloved son, Jim Catterton of Concord, Mass., in 2013. She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 22, 2016, at 1 p.m. in the Club House at Edgewood Retirement Community, 575 Osgood St., North Andover. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hattie Goldman Rosoff ’21, Abraham Rosoff, Gladys Rosoff Catterton, and Jim Catterton ’74 Scholarship, Connecticut College Office of Advancement, 270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320. Arrangements are under the care of Concord Funeral Home, A Life Celebration Home, Concord, MA. For online guest book, visit www.concordfuneral.com.
Published on  May 19, 2016