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Ohlheiser - Betty Betty Wiles Ohlheiser, 86, of Avon, CT, beloved wife of Robert J. Ohlheiser, Jr., for 65 years, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, July 23, 2017. She was born on November 6, 1930 and raised in Burlington, NC, the daughter of the late William Walter and Ruth Gentry Wiles. From an early age, Betty had a strong passion for music that lasted throughout her life. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice from the University of Michigan, Class of 1952. She furthered her talents at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan and the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. She and her husband moved to West Hartford from Buffalo, NY in 1960 and founded the Ohlheiser Corporation which they ran for 30 years. Betty also became involved in several organizations that allowed her to share her gift with many in the Hartford community. As a musical educator, she served on the faculty at the West Hartford School of Music and acted as Choral Director for the Renbrook Upper School. She was a devoted member, past president, and performer for the Musical Club of Hartford, as well as serving as a board member for the Hartford Symphony Auxiliary and the Hartt Opera Guild. Betty also loved to sing at the First Church of Christ Congregational in West Hartford, where she was a choir member, soloist, and active volunteer for many years. Betty loved her community and supported philanthropic endeavors through her membership in the Connecticut Chapter D of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and the Friends of Elizabeth Park. In 1989, Betty and Bob moved to Avon and became active members at the West Avon Congregational Church. Above all, Betty was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed entertaining, playing bridge, knitting, and playing golf with Bob and her friends at Farmington Woods. She loved to explore and travel as well as going to concerts and art exhibits. She was a member and officer of the Town and County Club. With all of her life's passions and accomplishments, her greatest joy was spending time with her family. In addition to her husband, Robert, Betty is survived by her two sons, Robert Joseph Ohlheiser III and his wife Sara, and James Wiles Ohlheiser and his wife Alis; son-in-law Mark Shepard; brother Joe Wiles and his wife Bonnie; sister-in-law Carol Goembel, and five grandchildren, Abigail Ohlheiser and her husband Matthew Smith, Matthew Ohlheiser, Cody Ohlheiser, Keri Ohlheiser, and Hannah Ruth Shepard. She was predeceased by her daughter, Mary Ruth Ohlheiser Shepard, her sister, Edith Miller, and brother-in-law Robert Goembel. Betty's family will receive friends on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 4-7 PM at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon, CT 06001. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the West Avon Congregational Church, 280 Country Club Road, Avon, CT. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty's memory may be made to the Musical Club of Hartford, c/o Michelle Duffy, Treasurer, 22 Kirkwood Road, West Hartford, CT 06117 or to the West Avon Congregational Church. For directions and service information, or to share a memory of Betty with her family, please visit

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