Helen M. Wittenburg, 85, of Slater, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at Mar-Saline Manor Care Center in Marshall.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at St. Paul Lutheran Church near Saline City. Rev. Mark Hass will officiate. Organist Brenda Campbell will accompany the congregation as it sings "A Mighty Fortress is Our God," "Asleep in Jesus" and "I Know My Redeemer Lives." She will accompany Heather Wittenburg as she sings "Amazing Grace." Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater. Pallbearers will be Leroy Wittenburg, David Pasoni, Brett Herrington, Derek Wittenburg, Garrett Wittenburg and Stephen Borgman. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Wittenburg, Greg Wittenburg, Danny Wittenburg, Kyle Smith, Derek Johansen, Corey Leudeman, Kerry Pruitt and Pat Crain. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the cemetery endowment fund or the American Diabetes Association.
Born Nov. 8, 1918, in Danville, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Rufus and Esther Tanner Thompson. On April 7, 1941, in Taylorville, Ill., she married Rev. Everett L. Wittenburg, who preceded her in death April 4, 1995. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aide.
Survivors include four sons, Everett Wittenburg of Blue Springs, Lloyd Wittenburg of Montalba, Texas, Carl Wittenburg of Monticello, Iowa, and Henry Wittenburg of Oak Grove; one daughter, Gertrude "Trudy" Borgman of rural Slater; two sisters, Mary Zueck and Alta Mundhinke, both of Taylorville, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.