Fern Wittenberg of South Haven died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at her home. She was 83.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 8, at Zion United Methodist Church in South Haven with Rev. Ruth Hograbe officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale, and one hour prior to services at the church. There will be a prayer service at 5 p.m. Sunday. Burial will follow the funeral at Zion Cemetery in South Haven.
Fern Margaret Wittenberg was born Feb. 13, 1930, in Fair Haven Township, Stearns County, to Edward and Elsie (Schram) Pramann. She married Norman G. Wittenberg May 26, 1946, in South Haven and he preceded her in death June 25, 1983. She was a homemaker and worked for Wyman Manufacturing and then for 24 years at Marv’s Red Owl in Annandale. She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church where she was a member of the United Methodist Women, a Sunday School teacher, and release time teacher. She was PTA president, a 4-H leader, and an election judge. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gardening, putting puzzles together, and playing cards and dominos.
Fern was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter Donna Guggisberg; sisters Lorraine Bechtel, Kathleen Pramann; and brothers Warren and Edward Pramann.
She is survived by children Kathleen Bodeker-Hull (and Lyman Hull) of St. Joseph, James (and Karen) of Fort Worth, Texas, Bruce of Anchorage, Alaska, Darlene (and Duane) Randall of Shakopee; son-in-law Bruce Guggisberg of St. Cloud; sisters Bernice (and Paul) Zweig ofShoreview, Elsie Player of Rancho Cordova, Calif.,; brother Robert Pramann of Big Bear lake, Calif.; sister-in-law Jeanette Pramann of South Haven, and Shirley Pramann of New Hope; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
The pallbearers will be Norman Bodecker, Ryan Bodeker, Nicholas Guggisberg, Michael Guggisberg, Nathan Hesse, and John Lebens. The organist will be Jamie Miller. Arrangements were by Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Annandale.