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Ethel Witte, 101, of Arenzville passed away Monday, January 11, 2021 at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. She was born September 19, 1919 in Arenzville the daughter of William H., Jr. and Lorna Wessler Witte. She married Robert Louis Witte on February 8, 1942, and he preceded her in death on January 10, 1969.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Craig-McDonald (Rick) of Okemos, MI; three sons, Robert Witte (Suzanne) and Roger Witte (Rita) both of Arenzville and Don Witte (Ricki) of Springfield; 8 grandchildren, Sara McDonald (Tiffany), Michael McDonald (Alyssa), Chad Lucas, Kari Watson (Eric), Kristen Louden Sims, Brandon Witte (Jenna), Christopher Witte (Melanie) and Amanda Thompson (Rich); 13 great-grandchildren, Landon McDonald, Justin Lucas, Tyler McLean, Mason Watson, Mitchell Watson, Claire Watson, Micah Witte, Hannah Witte, Jarett Witte, Dawson Witte, Zach Thompson, Broc Moore and Caden Moore; two great-great-grandchildren, Ryann and Bo Lucas and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; infant son, William; parents; one granddaughter, Amy Elizabeth Witte; three sisters, Wilma Nobis, Lorene Thies and Phyllis Nobis; daughter-in-law, Janis Witte and son-in-law, Tom Craig.

Mrs. Witte attended Arenzville Grade School and High School and was baptizied, confirmed and married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arenzville. She was an active member of Ladies Aid and the Quilting Group at the church. She enjoyed crocheting, flowers and was a collector of stuffed bears and rocks. She would often talk about growing up on the family farm, taking the horse and buggy to town and her husband Bob serving in World War II. Ethel was an amazing sweet lady that loved life and chocolate. She would admit that she was a chocoholic. She loved watching Wheel of Fortune with her sister, Lorene, on the phone, Days of Our Lives, and As the World Turns. She loved her family, looking at old pictures and was excited when she got new ones. She loved the town of Arenzville because of her neighbors and friends, Lori and Keith Kircher, Joy Schnitker, Barb, June and Troy Alexander would watch over her. She enjoyed the many hours she spent with Karmen Kruse and Carolee Kruse and enjoyed sharing stories with her caretakers, Pam Bauser and Nancy Green. She will be remembered for her sayings, “the good Lord is trying to tell us something”, “the devil is working overtime”, “I was born 9-19-1919” and “I was born a Witte and married a Witte”. The family wishes to thank the Staff at Passavant Area Hospital for their comfort and compassion.

A private service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arenzville with burial at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Arenzville. The service may be viewed at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021 on the Trinity Lutheran Facebook page. A walk thru visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday at the church. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Arenzville Volunteer Fire Department. Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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