In memory of

Joyce Witte

November 7, 1923 - September 23, 2017
From: Sac City, IA
Joyce Witte

Joyce Witte

Born: November 7, 1923
Died: September 23, 2017
Age: 93
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   “The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but rather what they become by it.” Joyce Witte became the best.

   Joyce Witte, age 93, of Sac City, IA, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

   Joyce Marie Prell was born on November 7, 1923, to parents George F. and Pearl (Langbein) Prell in Lindsay, WI. Joyce was baptized on November 29, 1923, at home in Lindsay. Because her father died a few years later, Pearl and Joyce found their way back to Early where Pearl’s family resided.  Joyce attended school in Early and graduated from Early High School with the class of 1941.

   Twenty years later, Joyce married the love of her life, the blue-eyed son of the “kindest man she ever knew”, Robert (Bob) Witte, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Odebolt, IA on September 17th, 1943. Both worked hard to provide for their four children – Larry, Darwyn, David, and Jolene - making sure they understood the value of education, how abilities should be explored, and that attending ISU and cheering on the Cyclones was a way to attain the first two goals.  She lost the love of her life when Bob passed away suddenly on April 23, 1994.

   Joyce was a homemaker in the greatest definition of the word. Joyce set an example that labor is inspired with love by creating masterful meals. Always a little competitive, she created 28 salads at an Easter meal – not because she liked making salads but because she wanted to make sure everyone’s favorite was included.  She often baked for clubs and other events in the area and was famous for her pies that were to die for. 

   There were many things Joyce liked to do, but shopping with her long-time friend Betty Schramm was always at the top of the list.  Taking the grandkids fishing and packing a picnic lunch always became a great outing.  She had fun and enjoyed her travels with cousin and friend Arlene Riley as they “traveled the world”.  As they both aged, their daily phone calls became their ‘connecting’ time.

   Joyce loved having her grandchildren visit, of course Grandma always made sure to have a big supply of her baked goodies on hand for them.  The love of family came through in many ways but Christmas was full of wonderful decorations, cookies of every variety, unparalleled cream puffs, succulent roasts, and the famous slush drink mixture.

   For the past few years, getting around became harder and harder for Joyce but she wanted to stay in her home.  Julie Kitt and the “girls” (as she called them!) at Home Choices provided her with excellent care, companionship - everything that was ever asked of them – with love and empathy.  She loved “the girls” as family.

   As she became more stationary, she loved sitting outside on her porch, exploring new nail polish colors, watching cooking shows, and having phone calls with kids and grandkids on a regular basis.  Her calls always began with, “Do you know anything?”  Once she touched base and found out you only had humdrum news, the call was quickly over but not until she said, “Love you. Bye.”  We love you too, Mom and Grandma, and all the boys promise to be “good boys”.

   Her wonderful heart and kindness to others was unsurpassed but Joyce was never a pushover.  She was an assertive, wise woman, so you better pay attention!

   We say goodbye to Joyce's physical body, but the lessons she instilled in us and the joy she gave her family will live on. We will remember the joy she found in the act of giving and bringing family together - be it with her stories, a delicious home cooked meal, or her permanent, and infectious, smile. Her spirit lives on in every family get-together, every act of kindness and generosity shared with the world, and every Snickerdoodle cookie, baked with love.

   Left to cherish Joyce’s memory are her children: Larry (DonnaMarie) Witte of Warwick, NY, Darwyn (Sally) Witte of Des Moines, IA, David (Michelle) Witte of Lake View, IA, and Jolene (Jim) Hultgren of Storm Lake, IA; grandchildren: Chris, Ted, Jenny, Brennan, Aiden, Harry, Jason, Sarah, Nathan, Carrie, Bryan, Curtis, and Sam; 22 great-grandchildren; brother Ed Robson of Sun City, AZ; brother-in-law Donald (Wilma) Witte; sister-in-law Jan Witte; many extended family members and friends.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; parents George and Pearl Prell; sister Marge Hosteng; daughter Carol; brothers-in-law: Clarence, Roy, Ed, Lee, Burdette, Emmett, George Witte, Don Hosteng; sisters-in-law: Esther Patterson, Hertha Teghtmeyer, Irene Carstensen.


10:30 a.m. Thursday
September 28, 2017
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Sac City, Iowa

Pastor Don Pobanz

5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday
September 27, 2017
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa

Cook Township Cemetery
Early, Iowa


Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6:09 PM
“Sending prayers and my sympathies to all of you. I loved working with Joyce, while at Home Choices. Loved our morning chats and reading the newspaper with her. She will be deeply missed! Hold those memories close!!”
- Lorri Mandernach Thomsen
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6:08 PM
“Dave, I always looked forward to you and your mom coming out to the tree farm to pick out Christmas trees. Neat!”
- Tom Lake
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6:08 PM
“Dave & family

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bob and Glenda Olerich ”
- Bob & Glenda Olerich
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6:08 PM
“Dave, Michelle, Carrie and family....our deepest sympathies, our thoughts, and our prayers are with you. What a marvelous life your mom/grandma has had!”
- Fern & Vern Langbein
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 11:01 AM
“Itís hard to believe I wonít walk into her home and see that smile and hear her laugh!!! I will miss our talks and gossip sessions. She was such a fun lady with a huge heart for her family!!
She means so much to me thank you for sharing her with us all these years!!!! Love her dearly!!!”
- Julie Kitt Home Choices
Monday, September 25, 2017 at 12:09 PM
“Dave, Michelle and to the rest of the family our deepest condolences for your loss! Joyce was always so nice to me and she will be remembered fondly!”
- LuAnn & Mike Norris
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