Jean M. Witte, age 91, of Cambridge, passed away at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Sunday, August 8, 2021. She was born near Orafino, Nebraska, on October 27, 1929, to Theodore “Ted” and Eunice (Moore) Ohlson. Jean attended and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1947. On August 31, 1949, she was united in marriage to Gerald “Jerry” Witte in Cambridge at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. The couple would have celebrated their 72nd anniversary at the end of August. Jean and Jerry made their home on the farm south of Cambridge.
Jean was an active member of the St. John’s Catholic Church, Altar Society, the Deanery, and PCCW Dioceses. She was an excellent seamstress, sewing items like: Baptismal blankets, baby blankets, leisure suits, bridesmaid dresses, and most of her seven children’s clothing. She was a former member of the Kum-again Club and a 4-H leader. She and Jerry square danced all over Southwest Nebraska. Jean enjoyed going to watch her children’s school activities along with her grandchildren’s activities. She taught her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to play solitaire and Pinochle.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Eunice Ohlson; daughter, Janet Davis; grandchildren: Bryan Miller, C. Ryan Witte, Abby Renea Witte, and Shelley Ann Witte; granddaughter-in-law, Jo Evans; as well as numerous in-laws.
Jean is survived by her husband, Jerry, of Cambridge; three daughters, Barbara (Duane) Phillips, Brenda (Mark) Miller, and Sharon (Kelly) Evans, all of Cambridge; three sons, Steven (Connie) Witte and Roger (Nan) Witte, both of Cambridge and Mark (Deb) Witte of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 22 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joy Feeken of Arapahoe and Reba (Max) Tomlin of Cambridge; son-in-law, Larry Davis of Lawrence, Kansas.
Visitation for Jean will be held on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, from 10:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. with family present to greet friends from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Recitation of the Rosary will be held August 11, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cambridge, with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30 A.M. with Father Ken Wehrs officiating. Interment will be in the St. John's Catholic Cemetery of Cambridge. Friends may leave on-line condolences at lockenourfh.com. Memorials may be left in Jean’s name to the St. John’s Altar Society. Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is entrusted with arrangements.
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