Soldotna resident Agnes Witte died July 26, 2001, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 82.
A memorial mass will be held at noon on Monday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna. Father Richard Tero will officiate. A reception will follow at the home of Dennis and Pat Murray, at 247 West Coral Street in Soldotna.
She was born Agnes Catherine Koller on May 21, 1919, to Elizabeth and Lawrence Koller in Hebron, N. D. In 1942, she married Victor Witte. They farmed in Haymarsh, N. D., and had nine children. In 1956, the family moved to a farm in Ephrata, Wash. There, three more children were born. In 1963, she began work at a potato plant and worked as a phlummer in the potato industry, retiring in 1983.
After her husband died, she moved to Post Falls, Idaho, to care for her daughter Cora for 10 years. In 1994, she returned to farm in Washington, where she helped care for her two newest grandchildren. In 1997, she went to live with her daughter in Soldotna. It was there that she continually enjoyed sunrises, sunsets and moose grazing along the front yard. In Soldotna, she remained active at home and in church.
As a child, Mrs. Witte enjoyed riding bareback across the fields, dreaming of being in rodeos. She was born into a very musical family and at an early age, she learned to play harmonica, guitar and violin. She also enjoyed singing at home and in church.
While in Post Falls, Idaho, she organized a quilting group at St. George's Catholic Church. The quilting group made more than 100 quilts, donating them to people in need.
"She always enjoyed accomplishing work, be it canning fruit, putting in a large garden or baking bread. She will be remembered for stating frequently 'I have had a wonderful life.' She will be remembered for her optimism, her endless energy, her quick sense of humor, accepting attitude and great baking."
Mrs. Witte was preceded in death by her husband, Victor, son Carver, and daughters Cora and Alice.
She is survived by her children and their spouses; Dan and Linda Witte, Tom and Terri Witte, Warren and Ara Witte, Bob Witte, Rock and Cindy Witte, Mike and Rita Witte, Nancy Witte, Patricia and Dennis Murray, and Carmen and Bob Tietz; seventeen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Donations may be sent to the Catholic Relief Services, 209 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-3443.
Arrangements were made by the Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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