Ursula 'Ulla' Schultheiss

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Ursula 'Ulla' Schultheiss, 80, beloved wife of Peter Schultheiss, passed away at Whitney Center on June 13, 2009. She was born in Munich, Germany on April 29, 1929 to the late Willy and Kate Grunhut Heimann and escaped to Holland and then Sweden during the Second World War. She worked as a pediatric nurse at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm for eight years. In 1958, while participating in an international nursing program at Boston Children's Hospital, she was reintroduced to Peter, a family friend from Germany. They married the next year and moved to Hamden, CT. After raising four children, she returned to work as a nurse at the Whitney Center Health Center, where she was loved and respected by staff and patients alike. She enjoyed summers in Vermont, opera, and most of all her seven grandchildren. She and Peter had just celebrated their golden wedding anniversary when she fell ill. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her generosity, selflessness, and loving nature. Besides her husband, Ulla is survived by her children, Katrin Schultheiss and her husband Eric Arnesen of Chicago, IL, Susan Schultheiss and her husband Robert Gribbon of Hamden, Thomas Schultheiss of Israel, and Andrew Schultheiss and his wife Katherine Schwartz of Boulder, CO. She was predeceased by her brother Peter Heimann. A Memorial Service will be held at Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Dr., Hamden on Saturday, August 8 at 3 p.m. BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden is in care of arrangements.

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  1. Dan Zimerman and I were very sorry to hear about Ulla’s passing. We have fond memories of her hospitality in Vermont and in Hamden. We are thinking about Peter and Katrin and the family.

  2. Dear Schultheiss Family, So sorry to learn of your wife’s, your mother’s passing. Mark joins us,(he was unable to access site) in offering sincere condolences to all of you. He has fond memories from those early years of the times he spent with you. Sylvia, Ed and Mark Konick

  3. Dear Peter, It was with great sadness that we learned of Ursula’s passing. She was a truly fine lady and we can well imagine how difficult it will be for you to be without her. Please accept our sympathy and best wishes. Karin and Steve

  4. Dear Peter, It was with tremendous sadness that we learned about Ulla. You and Ulla were one of the first to welcome us to Yale and New Haven, and we have many fond memories since. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies.

  5. Dear Peter: Susan and I wish to convey our condolences on the loss of your beloved wife, Ursula. As mentioned to you at Morse College, we were married at nearly the same time and also recently celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary. This gives us some appreciation of the magnitude of your loss and the need to now be with your closest family and friends. May her memory, your children and grandchildren, and your many friends help sustain you in the months ahead. You were both survivors of the Hitler era and certainly made the most of your years together in the USA and at Yale. [Sue and I often speculate on what would have become of us had we not been fortunate enough to simply be born in New York City!] If there is some way we can be of assistance to you in the sobering weeks ahead donot hesitate to call us at 389 9957. I will look forward to seeing you (and George Seligman ) again in the early Fall (Sept + Oct)—at a suitable alternative to the (renovated) Mose College! Sincerely, Dan (and Susan) Rosner 6/18/09

  6. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your wife. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel, as Pin-fang and I have known you and Ulla for decades, and we have always regarded both of you as role models. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead. May your memories give you strength, T.P. & Pin-fang

  7. Sharon and I send our heartfelt condolences. We have known both of you for nearly 4 decades, and appreciated your kind manner, which we know Ulla shared. Our thoughts are with you. Dan and Sharon

  8. Dear Peter and Family, Our deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved Ulla. We will always remember Ulla for her generous spirit, warm smile, and especially her devotion to family. You have lost an extraordinary wife, mother and grandmother. May you find strength in your love for one another and comfort in the sincere sympathy of your friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Robin and Roman Kuc

  9. I met Ulla several times while visiting her wonderful daughter Katrin. I remember her as a warm and generous woman. Through both her work and her children,she has made this world a better place. May she rest in peace.

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