Visitation will be from 3 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 2 at Schultz Funeral Home in DeWitt. A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 3 in the funeral home. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in DeWitt.
Mary was born Dec. 10, 1936, in Delmar, to Albert and Rosa Voss Eberhart. She attended several country schools in the Delmar and Charlotte area and graduated from Charlotte High School in 1955. Following graduation, she worked at the Schneckloth Café in Charlotte, where she met her soulmate, Wesley Witt, when he stopped in for lunch while working at Camp & Sellnau Trucking Company. They were married at Assumption Catholic Church in Charlotte on Feb. 11, 1956. The couple resided on a farm at rural DeWitt until moving to the farm outside of Charlotte in the spring of 1962, where they lived and farmed their whole lives, and raised six children.
She was involved in 4-H as a youth and was a leader of the Charlotte Chums 4-H Club for 23 years. Mary always helped with the indoor projects at the county fair and loved to work and bake pies for the fair lunch stand. She was best known for her custard rhubarb pie. Putting together quilts was another of Mary’s talents. She made many quilts over the years for all of her grandchildren and for the Eberhart Christmas party raffle prize. She also made several crocheted rugs and clothes for the kids over the years. In 1982 Mary joined Immanuel Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the Ladies Circle and served on the flower committee.
Mary and Wes were a team on the farm and she always helped with chores, planting, baling hay, and harvesting the crops, while raising six children. She loved to grow flowers around the yard and always had a large garden every year. Polka dancing was a big part of their life. They attended many polka fests in the area and traveled to Minnesota to attend Big Joe’s Polka Show and Molly B’s Polka Party. Mary also loved a good card game and the grandkids always liked to play King’s Corner with her.
Surviving are her husband, Wesley; six children, Linda (Dean) Wiese, Audrey Hatheway, Steve (Juanita) Witt, and Dennis (Sandra) Witt, all of Charlotte, Bonnie (Loren) Johnson of Preston, and Nancy (Raymond) Costello of Goose Lake; 14 grandchildren, Rebecca Wiese, Emily (Karl) Dimmer, Jacob (Megan) Hatheway, Blaine (Sommer) Witt, Blake (Inola) Witt, Benjamin (Keri) Witt, Brittany (BJ Weber) Witt, Trisha (Cameron) Costello, Derek (Ellen) Witt, Peggy (Ryan Bastian) Johnson, Christopher (Allison) Johnson, Caitlin Lamp, Bronson Lamp, and Sophia Costello; 12 great-grandchildren, Drew and Dane Dimmer, Ryann and Harper Hatheway, Kennedy, Aubrey, Colton, Ethan, and Eli Witt, Jason, Kate, and Aiden Costello; her identical twin sister, Alice Butt of Charlotte, as well as sisters, Rose (Gerald) O’Meara of Schaller, Helen Burken of Camanche, and Janet (Donald) Parker of Warsaw, Indiana; and a brother, Joseph (DaVonne) Eberhart of Delmar.
Preceding Mary in death were her parents; four brothers, William, Walter, Robert, and Earl Eberhart; and a son-in-law, Tom Hatheway.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be granddaughters.
A special thank you to Hospice of Jackson County and Home Instead Senior Care for all of your care, help and kindness.
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