LaVerne Witteborg


ARCHBOLD -- LaVerne J. Witteborg, 88, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Fairlawn Haven, Archbold.

She was the daughter of the late Monroe and Elvina (Amstutz) Burkholder. On November 9, 1945, she married Richard E. Witteborg, who died September 5, 1993.

Formerly of Lima and Defiance, LaVerne was a resident of Fairlawn Haven in Archbold. During World War II, she worked as an inspector of parts made for the B-29 bombers in the defense plant in Lima. She also worked at Woolworth's, Madison's and other dress shops in Lima. She was a lover of classical and religious music, as well as the arts. LaVerne was a devoted homemaker and mother who loved her family. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Lima, and a longtime member of the DAV auxiliary and a graduate of Bluffton High School.

Survivors include her son, Richard (Shirley) Witteborg, Defiance; granddaughter, Caitlin (Nathan) Witteborg Bird of Defiance; sister, Dorothy Holt, Lima; and sister-in-law, Alice Burkholder, Columbus Grove. Her two brothers, Ralph Burkholder and Herbert Burkholder, preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove, Ohio, with calling one hour before the service. Rev. Harry Tolhurst will officiate

Memorials may be made to the Fairlawn Haven, 407 East Lutz Road, Archbold, Ohio, 43502, or to the American Cancer Society. Express condolences at

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