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Harriet H. "Harry" Wittneben was born August 27, 1927 in the Salem Community
in Washington County. The son of Herbert and Meta Schroeder Wittneben, Harry
grew up and attended school in the Salem Community.
On December 4, 1927 he was baptized at the Salem Lutheran Church in Welcome,
Texas. He was confirmed on April 18, 1943 in the same church.
Harry served his country in the United States Army Air Corpse during World
War II.
He married Doris Loesch at St. James Lutheran Church in New Wehdem on June
30, 1951. Harry and Doris have made their home in Bellville where together
they owned and operated Harry's Superette and have been members of St. John
Lutheran Church.
A former Real Estate Agent with Bill Johnson and Associates, Harry had
served on the church council for a number of years and as a Director of the
Austin County State Bank. He was also a member of the Bellville Lions Club.
Harry passed away Thursday, November 3 at his home in Bellville at the age
of 78.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years: Doris Wittneben of Bellville; son
and daughter-in-law: Mitchell and Annette Wittneben of Bryan; and his
grandchildren: Isaac and Annika Wittneben also of Bryan.
Also surviving are his nephew: Wilbert Rathke and his wife, Barbara, of
Fredericksburg; great nephew: Matthew Rathke and his wife, Renee; great
great nephew and great great niece: Shelby and Gretchen Ratchke; all of
He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law and
mother-in-law, Henry and August Henske Loesch, and his sister-in-law, Verlin
and Alvin Rathke.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, November 6 at the Schmidt Funeral Home
Chapel in Bellville with Pastor Jennie Jones and Pastor David Henske
Interment followed in the Oak Knoll Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Lilburn Meier, Leonard Wittneben, robert Wittneben, Bill
Johnson, Charles Crawford and Burney Boecker.
Honorary Pallbearers were Nathan Hale and Jason Wallace.
In lieu of usual remembrances, friends who wish may make memorial gifts to
St. John Lutheran Church, 520 North Holland, Bellville, TX or to the
Bellville Hospital Auxiliary, PO Box 977, Bellville, TX 77418.
Posted by Joy Neely


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