Betty Jane Witt


Betty Jane Witt

Betty Jane Witt, devoted wife and loving mother died on Nov. 28 in Stillwater, surrounded by her family.

Betty Jane Collins was born on Aug. 21, 1923, in Appleton, Wis. Betty graduated from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill., in 1946, where she met and married Walter W. Witt Jr.

After Betty and Wally graduated from Lake Forest College, Betty worked in Deerfield, Ill., as an elementary school teacher.

Betty and Wally moved their young family to Appleton where they lived for more than 50 years.

Betty is survived by daughters, Deb (Ted) Roelofs, Grand Rapids, Mich., Wendy (Brent) Johnson, Stillwater, and Cindy (Robert) Ashmun, Minnetonka; grandchildren, Matt and Kate Roelofs, Ben and Henry Johnson, and Ford Ashmun.

Betty can be best described by all who knew her as a person with a radiant smile and a very kind heart who cherished her family. She was fun loving, loved to laugh, loved unconditionally, forgave easily, never complained and taught us to see and appreciate beauty in nature and humankind. Betty taught us to celebrate life every day because it is precious and all too short.

Betty’s family would like to extend our gratitude to Lakeview Hospital and especially to the community at Croixdale in Bayport, who made a beautiful difference in our mother’s life with laughter, friendships and care.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, think of Betty in a small gesture or act of kindness to brighten someone’s day.

A private family burial in Appleton, Wis., is planned.