Herbert G. Wiegand

June 19, 1927 - January 10, 2019
Herbert G. Wiegand,  June 19, 1927 - January 10, 2019

Herbert G. Wiegand and Carolyn Leary first met in Conway, N.H., a town in the Mount Washington Valley ski area where Mr. Wiegand had taken a job and Ms. Leary was visiting to contemplate whether she wanted to make a career change from a job at a Boston TV station. 

Ms. Leary had been to Cape Cod and taken family vacations from her hometown of Wakefield, Mass., to Maine as a girl, but when Mr. Wiegand took her to Montauk for the first time, she turned to him and said, “I can see why you love it here.”

The affection for the area endured throughout their lives.

The couple were married on May 3, 1975, and raised four children together, three of them from his first marriage. They later came to own a Wiegand family house near Montauk Point where they often stayed. In addition to their shared love of swimming in the ocean — “It’s warmer in Montauk,” Mrs. Wiegand said with a laugh yesterday, Mr. Wiegand also enjoyed gardening and bowling, tennis and baseball. They continued skiing after they were married, too, sometimes traveling as far as Germany, Switzerland, and France to do so.

Mr. Wiegand, 91, died in Littleton, Mass., last Thursday of cancer.

A burial and a graveside service for him will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Fort Hill Cemetery in Montauk. 

He was born in New York City on June 19, 1927, to Frederick Wiegand and the former Gertrude Domming and grew up in White Plains, N.Y. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Kenneth Wiegand of Allendale, N.J., Trudi Puffer of Lee, N.H., Lisa Ferguson of Jupiter, Fla., and Kurt Wiegand of Trumbull, Conn., and by six grandchildren.

Mr. Wiegand earned a degree in electrical engineering from Denver University, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He spent most of his career working for various companies in the nuclear power industry. He was also a World War II veteran who served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946.

The family has suggested donation to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, Mass. 01061.
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Correction: An earlier version of this obituary misstated where Mr. Wiegand died. He died in Littleton, Mass., not Manhattan.