Isabelle Wittenauer

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Isabelle Wittenauer, nee Kreher, 92 of Freeburg, IL, born February 8, 1925, in Hecker, IL, died Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Mrs. Wittenauer was a member of the Smithton Senior Citizens, the Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary, the Daughters of Isabella, the Ave Marie Circle #980, and the Freeburg Extension Homemakers.  She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL, and belonged to the women’s club at the church.

Isabelle was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Mark Wittenauer whom she married on October 29, 1947, and who died on May 7, 1996; her first husband, Lyle Thompson, who died in World War II; a daughter, Charlotte, nee Wittenauer, Anderson-Stookey; a grandson, Bobby Anderson; her parents, John and Frances, nee Neff, Kreher; two brothers, Clarence Kreher and Sylvester Kreher; and three sisters, Mary Braun, Agnes Gregson, and Eleanor Braun.

Surviving are her son, Edward (JoAnn) Wittenauer of Freeburg, IL;
two daughters, Dorothy Schmidt of Rochester, NY, and Jane (Don) Gauch of Freeburg, IL;
ten grandchildren, Robin (Lance) Haynes, Julie (Ed) Michael, Randy (Theresa) Anderson, Leslie (Stephen) Anderson, Eric Schmidt, Mark (Barbara) Schmidt, Cher (Frank) Lobash, Ben (Kristi) Wittenauer, Ryan (Renee) Wittenauer, and Amy (Tom) Tricamo;
eleven great-grandchildren;
three great-great-grandchildren;
in-laws, Urban (Shirley) Wittenauer, Ruth Wittenauer and Leona Englerth;
and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief, to the National Eye Institute, or to Family Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL.

 Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



2 Comments on Isabelle Wittenauer

Catherine Carroll said : Guest Report Oct 11, 2017 at 10:06 PM

Dear Robin, Lance, Rachael and Cody please accept our sincere condolences in your time of loss. I am so sorry that we could not be there for you, but please know you are in our hearts.

  • Brekenridge
  • Missouri
Francesco & Sandra Tricamo said : Guest Report Oct 09, 2017 at 9:54 PM

We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to the family of Mrs Isabelle Wittenauer. Sincerely, Francesco & Sandra Tricamo

  • St Charles
  • MO

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