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Sunday September 30th, 2018
1:00pm - 5:00pm

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Josephine C. Wittenauer

Josephine C. Wittenauer, 83, of Columbia, IL passed away September 26, 2018, in St. Louis, MO.  She was born April 24, 1935, to Julius & Mildred (nee Frisch) Kuehner, who preceded her in death.

Josephine led a full life and dedicated herself to many organizations.  She obtained her Master’s in Business, worked at Southwestern Bell and then in retirement did substitute teaching for
many years.  She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Council of Women; The Red Hat Ladies; a life member of the Columbia, Illinois Sister Cities; the Southern Illinois Coordinator of Sister Cities International State Coordinator; and was on the Board of Director’s for Waterloo’s annual Porta Westfalica Parade. 

Josephine was fortunate enough to travel.  In her travels she visited her beloved sister city of
Gedern, Germany almost annually, visited Mother Teresa in Texas in 1976, and was able to see Pope John Paul II in Chicago in 1979. 

But most of all Josephine loved her God and her family.  Every weekend you could find her in
church dressed to the nines and sporting a hat. In her honor, we ask that each of you wear a hat of your choice to the funeral home or Mass.

Josephine leaves a loving daughter, Carolene Wittenauer; grandchildren Patrick Moore McRae (fiancé Lauren Salapatek), Matthew Edward McRae, Michael Maxwell McRae (fiancé Sarah Moore), and Michele Kathryn McRae; sisters Marian Gregson, Andrea Kern, and Mildred Mary Phillips; nieces, nephews; and cousins.

As an expression of sympathy, the family prefers memorial Contributions to the following:
Scleroderma Foundation or
Sister Cities of Portaloo

1 PM to 5 PM Sunday, September 30, 2018 Quernheim Funeral Home
8 AM to 9:45 AM Monday Quernheim Funeral Home

Funeral Mass:
10:30 AM Monday, October 1, 2018 at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church in Hecker, IL
Msgr. Carl Scherrer & Father Von Deeke officiating
Interment at St. Augustine Cemetery in Hecker, IL

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I was not aware of Josephine's passing until this morning. As I teach, it was impossible for me to attend the service, but I wanted to let you know that she will be missed here at the high school. She was an amazing lady, and I personally looked forward to seeing her. She was so kind with an incredibly generous spirit. I am so sorry for your loss; I know it will leave a huge hole in your lives.

Tammy Guehne, WHS Oct 1 2018 12:00 AM

Josephine was the definition of the word LADY. I'm so glad I was able to see her at Church and working in her flowers. I only wish I would have known her better. So sorry for your loss as she is one that will be hard to replace.

Joyce Krippel Oct 1 2018 12:00 AM

Josephine was special to all sister city organizations. She believed in friendship through people of other cultures. It began with the Waterloo and Porta Westfalica partnership as a charter member almost 40-years ago andthen she helped to spread sister city partnerships across southern Illinois. She worked tirelessly and when called upon for organization planning, writing newslettersor helping with fund raisers, she always accepted. She will betruly missed byall southern Illinois Sister City organizations and as a true friend to us.

Marvin and Patty Taake Sep 30 2018 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Josephine's death. She certainly lived a full life and now is at peace .

Caroline - I am so sorry to hear of your mother's death. She certainly lived a full and rewarding life. May she now rest in peace with the Lord.

Joyce Koetting Sep 29 2018 12:00 AM

A Ray of Sunshine was sent on September 29, 2018

MILLIE, Deepest symphany to you and your family. Love, Kathy and Mike

Expression of Sympathy Sep 29 2018 12:00 AM

A BALANCE EASEL SPRAY was ordered on September 28, 2018

Expression of Sympathy Sep 28 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Josephine Wittenauer

Julie Whitlock Sep 27 2018 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences to the family of Josephine Wittenauer. May you find comfort in your loving memories, and in God's promise to soon "swallow up death forever" and "wipe away the tears from all faces." (Isaiah 25;8) With deepest sympathy,

V. Thompson Sep 27 2018 12:00 AM