Harriett M. Ortseifer, 95, wife of 67 years of the late Graton Hiriam Ortseifer, passed away Oct.12, 2013. She was born in New Haven on June 9, 1918; a daughter of the late George E. and Margaret Wendell Clark; and had resided in West Haven, Orange and Randolf Center, VT. Harriett was head cashier and later became bookkeeper at the Food Basket Store on Campbell Ave. After her retirement from the Food Basket Store she worked with her son Michael at 'Forget Me Not Flower Shop,' also on Campbell Ave. She was a devoted gardener and a member of the West Shore Garden Club. She also was a baker and cherished all of her children and grandchildren. Beloved mother of Joan Altvater of Venice, FL, and G. Michael Ortseifer of Port St. Lucie, FL, and the late Virginia Abate and Rosella Kelly. Loving grandmother of Rosella Crowley, Kathleen Abate, Debbie Macolino, Ginny Lynch, Louise St. Clair, Kim Wollman, Jerry Kelly, Claudia Kelly, Cynthia Kelly, Mark Altvater, Lisa Mancini and Jennifer Harkey. She is also survived by 31 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren. Harriett was predeceased by her sisters, Doris Bowman & Edith Kohler, and her brothers, Howard & Robert Clark. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with her family at BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME on Tuesday evening Oct. 15 from 5-8 pm. Funeral service will be Wednesday morning at 11 AM in the Church of the Holy Spirit, Church St. West Haven. Interment in Beaverdale Memorial Park.

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  1. Dear Cousins, My deepest sympathy to all of you. I am very sad to know that Auntie has passed on and I cannot be with you. I have so many wonderful memories when I was much, much younger and getting together for Thanksgiving and special Sunday night suppers with her and Uncle Graton. I will never forget the beautiful rock gardens on Central Avenue. She could make anything grow. Find peace in knowing that she is at peace and probably creating a beautiful garden for God. My love to all of you. Cousin Roberta

  2. I know how much you cherished your Mother. I am sorry to hear of her passing and my thoughts and prayers are with you, my friend. Bless you and your family.

  3. Michael, we are so sorry for the loss of your mother, your family will be in our hearts and prayers. Our love to you and your family. Larry and Charlie

  4. Our hearts go out to you, Michael at this time of loss. Deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  5. Our thoughts are with Mike and his family today. We knew Michael many long years ago, hopefully he’ll remember us. How blessed you all are to have her through your adult years. Bruno & Dottie Wegner

  6. We are so sorry for the Passing of your beloved Mother. Our condolences to you Michel and your Loving Familey. Sincerly Jo and Bill Tozer

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