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Dolores (Sellek) Witte
August 4, 1934 ~ July 28, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Remembering A life well lived and well-loved. Dolores (Dee) M. Witte, 88, of Roscoe, Illinois passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior on 7/28/2023 at OSF St. Anthony Hospital, surrounded by family. Dolores (Dee)was born on 8/4/1934 to Henry James and Wilma V. (Gross) Sellek in San Francisco, California, at the hospital next to Mission Dolores. She grew up in Seal Beach, California, and grew up loving the surf and sand. In 1952 she graduated from Huntington Beach High School and married her High School sweetheart Wendell C. Witte (military Airforce, and Army) they had 4 children while moving from base to base. 1st to Tucson, Arizona Davis- Monthan Airforce Base where daughters Wendy, and Karen were born. Then to Denver, Colorado where daughter Paula and son Steven were born. The final base was Fort Knox Kentucky. They moved back to Huntington Beach California in 1963. After her two youngest went to school she began working first part-time and then full-time in her then-husband, Dr. Wendell Witte's Office for many years. She loved the beach, boating, snow, and water skiing, playing tennis, and playing Bridge with friends. In 1991 she moved to Roscoe, Illinois where she resided till her passing. Dee was a very loving, independent, and intelligent woman who continued her love of Bridge and became an avid Bridge player at the Rockford Bridge Club for many years. She absolutely treasured the many friends she made at the Club. Growing up she attended a small church in Seal Beach where she was first taught about Jesus Christ. After H.S. and after getting married they attended a Baptist Church in Tucson, Arizona. Then attended Church on the bases where they were stationed. Back in California, the family attended St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Even though she left the Church just before and after moving to Roscoe, she began attending a Christian Church in Rockford 12 years ago and recommitted her life to Jesus. Her faith grew stronger in the last few years when she began attending Calvary Chapel Rockford. The phone messages, cards, visits, and prayers she received during the final weeks of Dee's life were a tremendous source of joy, peace, and comfort to her.
Predeceased by her father Henry James and Mother Wilma V. Sellek, her brother Arthur E. Thomas, and longtime partner Bert Brummell.
Survived by Sister Janice (Brian) Tilly, Sheila (Pete) Orsburn, Daughter Wendy (Doug) Caldwell, Karen Lytle, Paula (Mark) Buchan, and son Steven Witte. Dr. Wendell Witte. Grandchildren Nicole Lytle (Marcus), Shonn (Alicia) Lytle, Thomas Lytle. Amber (Gary) Brownell, Kristen (Benton) Barby, Austin Caldwell. Evan (Helen) Buchan, Greg (fiancé Lexi Poteat) Buchan. Great Grand Children Isaac (Katie) Oberlin, Keenan and Shanel Allen, Gavin Lytleand, and Jovie Caldwell Brestin, Carsen Mischung, Keegan Stonestreet Lytle, Onnali, Finnian and Emmitt Lytle, Camden, Amelia, Matilda, Phoebe Boomershine, Evangeline Brownell. And one Great Great Grandchild AnneMarie Oberlin.
A Celebration of Dee's life will be held on Sat. September 9th from 10 am till 12 noon at Calvary Chapel Rockford 7281 Olde Creek Rd., Rockford, Illinois. Short service will be first then time will be given to be able to share any memories. Anyone who knew and loved her is welcome to come. 11 am till noon will be snacks and drinks.