Loretta M. Wittstock, 89, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Finley Hospital. She left this world to once again join hands, as they always did, with her husband, Bill.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 22 at St. Raphael’s Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 7 p.m.
Loretta was born on February 23, 1928 to Earl and Jovita (Kennedy) Williams. She attended St. Raphael’s and St. Joseph’s schools. Before staying home to care for her family, she worked at the Licorice Factory, Battery Factory, North Home (Flexsteel) and the Dubuque Packing Company.
On November 18, 1950 she married the love of her life, William “Bill” Wittstock at St. Raphael’s Cathedral, Dubuque. They were blessed with 65 years of marriage before Bill passed on December 6, 2015.
Loretta was a wonderful mother and grandmother whose family enjoyed her cooking, especially her chili, meatloaf, baked beans, banana oatmeal cookies and macaroni and potato salads. She had an unmatched wit and spunk and was the heart of the family. She enjoyed going to the casino and yearly vacations with her family, shopping and donating her purchases to local organizations and families in need. But more than anything, she enjoyed the company of her family and going to Saturday night mass and dinner with them.
Those left to cherish her memory include her five children, Sharon Lowe, David Wittstock, Wayne Wittstock, Tim (Kim) Wittstock, and Deanne (Joe) Roussel; grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian) Neises, Michelle (Tony) Zurcher, Angela (Darby) Young, Jon (Cassie) Lowe, Brian Lowe, Krista (A.J.) Ligeralde, Lindsey (Adam) Riegler, and Nicole Wittstock; great- grandchildren, Logan, Jesse, Peyton, Christian, Morgan, Carson, Joseph, Felicity, Audrey, Amelia, Alan, Zelda, and Jackson.
She is also survived by sisters in law and brothers in law, Ruth Ballinger, Lorraine Hirsch, Dick and Rosalie Hirsch, Mary Loes, Bob Hirsch, Lois and Alan Jones, Ronald Hirsch, Tom and Carol Hirsch; and many nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded by her son-in-law, Paul Lowe; daughter-in-law. Donna Wittstock; grandsons, Jeff Wittstock and Matthew Wittstock; sister, Jean Williams; sister and brother-in-law, Mary (Pete) Charley; and in- laws, Jack Hirsch, Dorothy McNinch, Sandy Kaesbauer, Donny Joe Hirsch, Don Ballinger, Jenny Hirsch and Jerry Loes.
The family wishes to thank all of the doctors, nurses and caregivers who took care of mom in these last months, especially Dana and Amanda.