William James Wert

June 1, 1939January 20, 2018
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Dr. William James Wert, Age 78, husband of Frances Marie Whitney Wert since June 10th 1967, of Glastonbury passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 20th 2018 at their home. Dr. William (Bill) James Wert was born June 1st, 1939 in Mansfield, Ohio, to the late William Bryant Wert and Etta May Lake Wert. He and his family previously resided in several towns from Northeast Ohio to Rhode Island before settling in Glastonbury Connecticut. He graduated from Ohio Northern University in 3 years, and then went on to obtain his masters and doctorate from Ohio State University in school administration. He started his career during his time as a grad student at The Ohio State University, as a school counselor and as a Principal. After obtaining his Doctorate he would serve as superintendent of schools in several school districts over his 30 year career where he would achieved a great deal success. What he enjoyed more than his own success, was the personal achievements of his students and children and watching them grow into great people. After retiring in 2007, he would spend his time with his wife Fran, gardening, traveling to sites around New England, worked on projects around the house and watching their favorite sport teams. He cherished his time he spent with his family and relatives. From hours of just talking and catching up with each other, to playing cards, board games, to watching movies and sports. Dr. William James Wert will be remembered for his wit. He was a great storyteller, many of his stories were of his and his wife Fran’s past life experiences. He enjoyed teasing people, especially his wife. But he will be most remembered for the passion and love of life and for his family, especially his wife of 50 years, Fran. He was an amazing man. In addition to his wife, Frances Marie Whitney Wert, Dr. William James Wert will be dearly missed by: His Children: Dr. Maribeth May Wert, Ms. Meredith Marie Wert, Ms. Melissa Merry Wert, Mrs. Mickie Melinda Wert Lethgo and her husband Christopher Lethgo, Ms. Megan Michelle Wert, and Mr. William Whitney Wert, his Brother/Sisters: Sonia May Wert Rosberg, Russell Bryant Wert and his wife Sue Breakiron-Wert, Paul Richard Wert and his wife Lisa Mang-Wert, his cherished Grandchildren: Caleb Wayne Lethgo, Devon William Lethgo, and Bryan Whitney Lethgo. He is predeceased by: his parents William Bryant Wert, Etta May Lake Wert. His brother-in-law Joseph Rosberg.

A period of visitation will be held on Thursday, January 25th, 2018 from 4-7pm at Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Tnpk. Glastonbury CT 06033. Services will be Friday, January 26th with a brief gathering at 10:30am followed by a funeral service at 11am all at the funeral home. Burial will conclude services in Green Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers or for Memorial donations in his memory may also be made to: American Heart Association, or American Diabetes Association. For tributes, online condolences or directions, please visit


  • Visitation Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 26, 2018

William James Wert

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megan Wert

January 27, 2018

I'll always love you dad and miss you. You will never be forgotten.

maggie zitko

January 26, 2018

Dear Fran & Family, We are so sadden for your loss of your husband,father,and friend. Our heart & prayers are being sent to You All. May your memories help you heal as time passes .
All our love ,
The Crew at Bogners, Manchester

American Heart Association

January 23, 2018

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.