Elizabeth Wittenberg

GIBBON – Elizabeth Wittenberg, 88, of Gibbon, died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Winthrop Good Samaritan Center in Winthrop.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 21, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Moltke Township, Sibley County, with Pastor Benjamin Rucker officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday and 7:30-8 a.m. Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in Gibbon and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Friday.

To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for her family go to www.mvfh.org.

Elizabeth is survived by her daughters, Juli Welsh of Santa Barbara, California, Jolene (Dave) Ross of Templeton, California; sons, Randy (Peggy) Wittenberg of Eden Prairie, Lyle Wittenberg of Brooklyn Park; grandchildren, Tyler Wittenberg, Sarah (Mike) Cowart, James (Laurie) Welsh, Suzanne Greene, and Tom Wittenberg; four great-grandchildren; sister, Joan (Dennis) Wandrei of Glencoe; sisters-in-law, Lucille Schiffman of Bloomington, Lorraine Engelbretson of Texas; brothers-in-law, Edgar Winterfeldt of Brownton, Erlin (Darlene) Wittenberg of Arkansas; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Delmer Wittenberg in 1996; sisters; Ilo Winterfeldt, and Vivian (Maynard) Troeke, and Yvonne (Harlan) Dammann.

Elizabeth Elsie Ortloff was born on October 6, 1925 in Minneapolis to Clarence and Elsie (Jensen) Ortloff. She attended Glencoe High School and graduated in 1943. After, graduation, Betty worked at an airplane factory in St. Cloud as a real-life Rosie the Riveter. She was united in marriage to Delmer Wittenberg on August 26, 1945 at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe. They made their home in Moltke Township on the family farm, where they farmed for many years. In 1978, they retired and moved to Gibbon. From 1975 until 1999, she worked at the Gibbon Ballroom as the coffee lady. In her spare time, Betty loved to crochet, bowl, and play bingo with her grandchildren, quilting, and playing cards. She was very friendly and outgoing. She loved to dance and travel with her buddies. To Betty, the road trip’s destination was secondary to the time spent with her friends. She volunteered at Southview and the Winthrop Good Samaritan Center. Betty was a member of the LWML for over 50 years, the Sibley County Extension, and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Moltke, Township.


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