Geraldine Wittenberger -- Rochester
At the age of 93, our mother, Gerry Wittenberger, reunited with our dad, Emery, in Heaven. She left this world on Sept. 13, 2018, surrounded by her family and her dog, Maddy.
Mom was born May 18, 1925, in Fond du Lac, Wis., to Peter and Clara Turzenski. She grew up in Milwaukee and Prentice, Wis. She attended St. Agnes School of Nursing in Fond du Lac, graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1946. She was in the Cadet Nursing Corps while in training and had wonderful memories of that time period.
Mom and Dad married on Nov. 15, 1947. In 1957, the family moved to Rochester. Dad was an upholsterer and Mom worked at Saint Marys Hospital. They raised their seven children, instilling hard work, Catholic faith, family and much love.
She LOVED being a nurse, especially working in Obstetrics. She retired in 1987. After retiring, Mom volunteered at Woodside Nursing Home, Channel One and Meals on Wheels. She was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church; a member of the St. Anthony Rosary Group.
Mom loved to knit throughout her life. She created many items for her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. She was a wonderful baker and always had fresh baked goods for anyone who came to her home. Her Christmas cookies will be missed. She enjoyed the season of Fall but “not what comes next.”
Mom lived independently until age 90, when she moved in with her daughter, Jane, son-in-law, Dan and grandson, Alec. Soon after she moved in, “her dog,” Maddy, arrived. Mom and Maddy had a connection that was beautiful.
Seasons Hospice made it possible for Mom to remain living in Jane and Dan’s home until her passing. They were true angels on earth to Mom and the family. She enjoyed each person she was visited by.
Mom is now reunited with Emery; two sons, Peter and Tom; grandson, Brian; her parents and brother, Bob; and so many other loved ones.
She will be deeply missed by her five remaining children, Mary (Al) Henderson, Ann (Ron) Oblizajek, John (Judy) Wittenberger, Jane (Dan) Gilbertson, all of Rochester, and Amy Brooks-Tucker (Bill Phillips) of Pine Island; and her sister, Bev Dahlmann and family of Indiana. She leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will remember her fondly as “Grandma Great.”
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to Seasons Hospice in Rochester.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, with the Rev. James Seitz officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.