Friday, February 6, 2015

Helen Maree. Witwer (February 1, 2015)

Helen Maree. Witwer, age 94 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 10:35 P.M. Sunday February 1, 2015 at the Brethren Retirement Community Greenville, Ohio. She was born April 14, 1920 in Miami County Ohio and the daughter of the late Floyd and Goldie (Martin) Maurer as well as her step father Daniel C. Kniesly.

Helen grew up in the Gettysburg, Ohio area and graduated from GHS in 1938. She married Waldo Emerson Witwer. in 1942 and they were married 67 years. Helen retired in 1986 following 17 years of employment at the Brethren Retirement Community. She was a lifelong member of the Oakland Church of the Brethren Bradford, Ohio where she served in various capacities including being a deacon, Dinner Theater, and cooking for the Old German Baptist Brethren Annual Conferences.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, husband, son in law J.D. Weaver, Brothers Richard Maurer and Floyd Maurer and half-brother Donald Kniesly.

She is survived by her children Fred (Millie) Witwer of Centerville, Ohio, Melvin (Karen) Witwer of Grove City, Ohio, Jane Dawson of Centerville, Ohio, Joyce (Robert) Callaway of Michigan City, Indiana, Janet (David) Julian of Greenville and Daniel (Lynn) Witwer of Greenville; grandchildren Leslie (Kyle) Mayes, Kevin (Danelle) Witwer, Michelle (Troy) Reed, Brian (Lynn) Dawson, Angie (Steve) Rhynard, Jaime (Michelle) Weaver, Jolie (Seth) Larris, Megan (Jody) Sarber, Erin (Scott) Laukhuf, Logan Witwer and Kelly Witwer; great grandchildren Alexandra Mayes, Tyler Mayes, Morgan Reed, Rhiann Reed, Kayla Dawson, Kyle Dawson, Nathan Rhynard, Evan Rhynard, James Weaver, Jenna Weaver, Lilly Larris, Adlai Larris, Emersyn Sarber and Ainsley Sarber, sister in law Beulah Maurer of Greenville, brother in law Leo (Jeanne) Witwer of Greenville and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday February 14, 2015 at the Oakland Church of the Brethren 8058 Horatio Harris Creek Road Bradford, Ohio with Pastors John Sgro and Todd Reish co-officiating. Private graveside service will be held in the Gettysburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday February 14, 2105 from 10:00 A.M. until time of the services in the church.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions are given to Oakland Church of the Brethren or the Resident Aid Fund of the Brethren Retirement Community.

Arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.

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