Everett G. Gruber

Everett Gordon Gruber passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the age of 92. A lifelong resident of Danbury, the son of Samuel and Pauline (Vogel) Gruber, he was married to Ruth Sirot Gruber for 67 years.

Everett was a World War II veteran who served in the Army Air Corps Signal Corps on Guam copying Morse code transmissions from enemy Japanese planes. His family owned the Brewster Furniture Company where he worked for many years. He spent two years with his family living and working in Israel. Upon his return he founded Ya-El Imports importing art, craft and Judaica which he distributed throughout the United States and from a retail store on Main Street in Danbury.

Everett loved traveling with his wife Ruth and visited more than 70 countries around the world. He also enjoyed gardening and was an avid bird watcher.

He was an active and engaged member of the United Jewish Center for more than 65 years, and was recently honored by the synagogue for his lifetime of service on the board, the ritual committee, in the synagogue choir, and as a teacher and bar-mitzvah tutor. Congregants all enjoyed his beautiful tenor voice as he chanted the haftorah at last month’s second-day Rosh Hashanah service. His lifelong love of music and singing manifested not only in his participation at weekly and holiday synagogue services, but also in family celebrations. He was the leader of gatherings of a large and loving family at annual Passover seders.

In addition to his wife Ruth Gruber, he is survived by children Susan and Ira Vishner, Jennifer Gruber and Eric Rosenberg, and Elliot and Elinor Gruber; by grandchildren, Jess and Katie, Nathaniel, Sam, Lina, Polly, Louis and Jacob as well as many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, great-grand nieces and great-grand nephews.

Funeral services will take place on Monday, October 26th, at 1:00 pm. at the United Jewish Center at 141 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury.

Interment will follow in the United Jewish Center Cemetery, 250 Gray's Bridge Road, Brookfield.

Donations in Everett’s memory may be made to the Shalom Fund, United Jewish Center, 141 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury 06810.
Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

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