Saturday, March 10, 2012

Irene E. Wittekiend, 82, of Chillicothe died at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at her home.

Born Aug. 20, 1929, in Peoria to William and Charity Mae (Braun) Kitselman, she married Harold V. Wittekiend on June 2, 1971, in Galesburg. He preceded her in death on July 14, 2005.

Surviving are two sons, Bill (Jane) Hawks of Phoenix, Ariz., and David (Jeanette) Hawks of Peoria Heights; three daughters, Deborah L. (Richard) Eastin of Princeton, Mo., Susan (Jimmy) Barlow of Bartonville and Angela J. (Donald) Sullivan of Washington; 16 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. Also surviving are two sisters, Jean Rinkenberger of Mesa, Ariz., and Joanna Zaborac of Eden.  

She was preceded in death by two sisters, one grandson and two great-grandsons.

She was a member of the Rome Baptist Church, the Chillicothe Red Hat Society and the Pearce Community Center.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Visitation will be 4-5 p.m. Wednesday at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe followed by a memorial service at 5 p.m. The Rev. Phillip Taylor will officiate.  

Memorials may be made to the Rome Baptist Church.  

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