Martin Dittelman, 89


WARWICK, R.I. – Martin Dittelman died peacefully and surrounded by family on Feb. 8. He was the beloved husband of Seena (Kovitch) Dittelman for 64 years. Born in Ossining, New York, he was the son of the late Lewis and Helen (Simmons) Dittelman and the youngest brother of the late Elliot and Harold Dittelman.

Martin and Seena had recently moved to the Phyllis Siperstein Tamarisk Assisted Living Residence, which he had an active role in helping to build with the Jewish Seniors Agency of Rhode Island. He had previously lived in Cranston for 54 years in a home that brought love, joy and great food to anyone who stepped through the door.

Martin had a long and successful career as an accountant and his work brought him around the world, most often with Seena by his side. Among his long list of accomplishments he was Navy Veteran, an active senior member of the Jewish community and commodore of the East Greenwich Yacht Club. His most beloved role was that of the patriarch of his family. He was a rock and a port in a storm and was always there with wise words, unconditional love and a good bottle of wine.

Besides his devoted wife Seena, he leaves behind son Jason Dittelman (Cathy Buchanan) and daughter Lori Gibson (Mark). He was the grandfather of Heather Dittelman Conover (spouse Ray), Max Dittelman (spouse Sarah), Ingrid Suprock and Jeremy Martini (spouse Daryl). He was especially proud that he also got to be (in his words) a “genuine great-grandfather” to Calvin Conover, Natalie Conover, Ellie Dittelman and Charlotte Dittelman.

Martin would have been 90 on June 26. The family is planning a celebration of his life that weekend.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Jewish Seniors Agency, 100 Niantic Ave., Providence, RI 02907 (or online at