Green Funeral Home

57 Main St, Danbury, CT


Wendel R. Grolljahn

May 11, 1935June 25, 2020

Wendel Ronald Grolljahn, 85, passed away June 25, 2020 at Hillsboro House nursing home in Hillsborough, NH.

Ron was born in Bethel, Connecticut on May 11, 1935, son of Edward Ronald and Helen Gertrude (Murray) Grolljahn. He resided in Danbury, Connecticut during his early years.

He attended Wooster School and was involved in track and field and the wrestling team. He was an avid photographer and provided photographs to the Danbury News-Times during his high school years.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the Babson Institue of Business Administration in 1957 and was a member of Delta Sigma Pi.

Prior to his time at Hillsboro House, he resided in New Ipswich, NH, Westfield, NY, Media, PA and Brookfield, CT.

In 1959, he married Mabelle White McKevett of Danbury, CT. A father of four, he provided beautiful homes and many opportunities for his children. He particularly enjoyed spending time with family and friends by the pool, skiing, and traveling. He also loved to garden. He taught his children how to change their own oil and spark plugs, something he learned growing up working at his father’s car dealership and gas station in Danbury.

Ron was known for his talent for conversation and fun phrases such as “Be good, and if you can’t be good, be careful”. His favorite farewell greeting was “Keep the faith”.

Ron’s career began at Scott Paper Company in Philadelphia, PA; in 1975 he went to work for Welch Foods in Westfield, NY where three of his children’s first jobs were working in the grape fields. He began a career in commercial real estate sales and leasing in the 1980’s and worked for many years for The Norwood Group in Bedford, NH.

Survivor’s include a brother David Grolljahn of Summerfield, FL, a sister Ellen Suprenant of Sherman, CT, a son, Matthew Grolljahn of Weare, NH; two daughters, Hazel Hensel of Greenfield, NH and Catherine Gibson of Canaan, NH; seven grandchildren, Eva, Avery and Rylan Grolljahn, Aaron and Hannah Gibson, and Eric and Samantha Hensel.

Ron was predeceased by his son Edward Ronald Grolljahn in 1981 and his wife Mabelle in 2005. His mother Helen passed away in 2004 and his sister Jeanie in 2009.

Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Bob Phillips

July 2, 2020

Ron loved to share information (talk) and if you asked the time of day he would tell you how to build a watch. A good guy and was everybody's friend. His moto was "Service sell's" and he'd go to the end of the earth and do what ever it took to close the deal. REST IN PEACE!

Dan Scanlon

June 30, 2020

Ron was a seasoned commercial real estate broker who had at least as many stories as deals he worked on during his career. He clearly enjoyed his work, and the people he came into contact with. He has been missed since leaving the business, and his memory will live on. I'm grateful that I had the chance to know and work with him.

Jim Tamposi

June 30, 2020

So long old friend. I'll never forget you. We had some really good times.
I'll especially never forget those St. Patrick's Day celebrations with Dewey. You can share the next with with him, once again.

Wendy Keeler

June 30, 2020

I am so very sad to learn of the passing of Ron. I have so many wonderful memories of Ron, and lots of laughs. I loved my times with Ron and Dewey O'Neil, Wilma Wilson and many others.

And yes, Ron could certainly out talk anyone and I truly know he worked for Scott Products! He was a kind man and a hard worker.
You will be missed Ron!
Wendy Keeler

Tom Duffy

June 30, 2020

Ron was one of my role models when I moved to NH and started in Commercial Real Estate in 1993. He was very professional on my first showings, VERY generous with his knowledge, and did whatever it took to serve in clients and customers with integrity and insight into the process and the product. He was a founding member of The Commercial and Industrial Board of Realtors in NH, perhaps the first of its kind in the country!
Ron was always friendly and never a harsh word. He was a terrific leader and top real estate agent. He has been missed!

Wilma Willson

June 29, 2020

I am saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend and one-time colleague, Ron Grolljahn. Ron could out-talk almost anyone at any time about anything. Still, he was a warm, caring person who loved sales, people, and socializing. I have many fond memories of my experiences with him in all of those areas. He was one-of-a-kind and will be sorely missed by our commercial real estate community. Rest
in peace, friend.

Tom Prieto

June 29, 2020

I can picture Ron speaking to St Peter explaining the difference between a modified gross lease and triple net interlacing with his adventures at Scott paper with Dewey O'Neal at his side.
Ron was one in a million.
May Ron rest in peace.

Mike Lawler

June 29, 2020

Ron had a story for everything. :)

Here is one ABOUT him:

Ron and I had been what we would both term "friendly competitiors" for a few years. One day, I mentioned to Ron that my father was about to have major heart surgery, Ron told me that he had been through the same surgery and would be happy to have my Dad call him with any questions.

Like any conversastion with Ron, theirs went on for over an hour.

At the end, my dad was comforted by the fact that Ron, having been through the same surgery was so boisterous and so full of life. I later found that he had done this same thing for countless others as a volunteer at Catholic Medical Center.

Ron was a true freind and will be greatly missed.

Allison Ropes

June 29, 2020

Ron was quite a gentleman and very kind. When I first started working at NHCIBOR, Ron would often stop in the NHCIBOR office and tell me stories about the "good ol' days of CIBOR." He really had the gift of gab. My condolences to the family.