Shirley E. Witte, 90, of San Diego, CA and formerly of Kewanee, IL passed away on Saturday May 26, 2018. Funeral services will be 11:00 am on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the First Baptist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. A private burial at Evergreen Memorial Gardens will take place at a later date. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of service at the First Baptist Church. The family requests that no flowers be sent. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Newspaper Digitization project at the Kewanee Public Library.
Shirley was born in Kewanee, IL on September 1, 1927 to her parents Floyd and Pauline Edwards in the Gingerbread house on Acorn St in Kewanee. She graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1945 and attended classes at Black Hawk East College. On September 11, 1948 she married Clarence W. Witte in the First Baptist Church in Kewanee and enjoyed 58 years together before Clarence’s passing in 2006. Shirley was an accountant most of her life working for Mechanical Insulation as Office Manager before she and her husband opened Air Energy Service in Neponset, IL in 1987. Shirley was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kewanee since childhood. She served as Deaconess, Trustee, teacher, mission Board member and was a member of the WAWTABT Sunday School class. She also volunteered at the Kewanee Hospital, Kewanee Care and Wethersfield class reunion committee before moving to CA. Shirley was always involved with the activities at her place of residence.
Preceded in death by her parents and her husband; her two sisters, Lois and Sharon. Shirley is survived by her two daughters, Lori and Diane; one granddaughter, Leanne and five great grandchildren, Adam, Harley, Allissa, Piper and Dean. Please share a memory or an online condolence for Shirley’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com