LEON K HUTTIG – in Woburn, January 15th, at eighty six years of age. Beloved husband of Barbara A. (Akashian) Huttig. Loving father of Barbara A. Clausen, her husband Alan of Woburn, Linda H. Sullivan, her husband James of North Andover, Heidi H. Marashiello, her husband Anthony of Woburn and Sherry Lee Flaherty, her husband Peter of NH. Dear brother of Gerda Koch of Belgium and the late Karl, Otto and Ludwig Huttig. Cherished “Opa” of Randi Mammino, Robyn Borsic, Shawna Marino, Andrew and Elizabeth Sullivan, Annie Spagnolo, Skyler and Cyrena Flaherty. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, January 20th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony Church 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours Thursday from 4-8 p.m.. Remembrances may be made in Leon’s memory to the “GRECC” Unit,Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730
Leon K. Huttig, a long time resident and businessman of Woburn passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 15th at the Edith Nourse Rogers Veteran’s Home in Bedford. The beloved husband of Barbara (Akashian) Huttig was eighty six years of age.
Leon was born and raised in Mehrhoog, Germany. While in Germany he graduated high school, played semi-professional soccer, attended Nuremberg College to be a teacher, and began his career studying hairstyling and advanced wig-making. In 1951, Leon had the opportunity of a lifetime to come and live in America. He worked in New Jersey as an apprentice in his uncles hair salon. He furthered his training by attending advanced cosmetology school in New York City.
Leon was drafted by the United States Army during the Korean War and worked on the guided missile project in Washington, D.C. On the Fourth of July in 1954, he became a U.S. citizen. This was one of the proudest moments of his life.
In 1953, Leon married Barbara Akashian, the love of his life. They were happily married for sixty-three years and had four loving and devoted daughters. Leon and his wife owned and operated Robert Newton Haircare in Woburn Center for over fifty years. During that time, he received eighteen national hairstyling awards and was elected State Styles Director for the Massachusetts Cosmetology Association. He wrote several articles in national hairdressing publications and was a National Hair Styling Association instructor, lecturer, and judge.
In his spare time, Leon was an enthusiastic gardener and endlessly looked for ways to keep the bunnies out of his ever-expanding garden. Leon enjoyed fishing, especially with his brother in the Adirondacks and deep sea fishing in Florida. He loved vacationing with his family in Miami Beach, playing Skat with his German friends and 45s with his sons-in-law, flying kites with his grandchildren, and soaking up the sun wherever he went. His most treasured moments were cruising with his wife to different ports and traveling throughout the country. After his retirement, Leon and his wife spent their time between Woburn and Clearwater Beach, FL and spent many wonderful years together. He was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed watching international soccer matches.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Bertha Huttig, siblings Karl and Otto Huttig of Germany, Ludwig Huttig of Elizabethtown, NY.
Leon is survived by his loving wife Barbara, his daughters Barbie Clausen and her husband Alan of Woburn, Linda Sullivan and her husband Jim of North Andover, MA, Heidi Maraschiello and her husband Anthony of Woburn, and Sherry Flaherty and her husband Peter of Hampton, NH. He was the proud grandfather Opa of Randi, Robyn, Shawna, Andrew, Elizabeth, Annie, Skyler, and Cyrena, and great grandfather Opa of Madyson, Haylee, and Leo. He was also the beloved brother of Gerda Koch of Belgium and uncle to his only son George Huttig of NY.
Funeral arrangements are with Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Calling hours will be on Friday, January 20 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Saint Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10 Family and friends are invited to call at the Funeral Home on Thursday, January 19th from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be at Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem Street, Woburn.