Odessa City Cemetery 


                                                                         Obituaries submitted by Marge Womach


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We give credit to the Heritage Church, Odessa Historisches Museum and the Odessa Record for assistance in gathering the data.

Explanations and Common abbreviations used herein:

TS = Tombstone; OC = specific location to Odessa Cemetery; LL = Christ Lutheran Ledger, data furnished by the Museum

dc = death card; DC = death certificate; Obit = obituary

Suchland = A thorough research of the cemetery was done by Harold Suchland and in some cases his mention is the only available record, with no explanation. From that mention, additional research continues and some records are being documented. Due to the fragile condition of the local copies of the Odessa Record papers which went through a fire in the 1980's, some items are not available.



Wheeler, Calvin L., (WW I)  (d. 2-28-1962; b. 1-03-1896; TS; OC; Cong)  “Calvin Wheeler.  Died: 2-28-1962, Odessa, WA.  Mother and Father: unknown; Spouse: unmarried. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card) “Calvin Wheeler. Age 65 yrs. Dated: March 3, 1962. Burial: Odessa.” (English Congregational Church ledger-handwritten) "Funeral services for Calvin Wheeler were held on Saturday from the English Congregational church. The Rev John A Birchard officiated and burial was in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Mrs Claudine Lyons was organist and special numbers were sung by a duet, Mrs. Ray Suko and Mrs. Don Zeiler. Pallbearers included Cal Graedel Jr., Henry Weber, G. A. Weber, Frank B. Totusek, W. M. Richardson and Mel Schauerman. Mr. Wheeler was born Jan 3, in 1896 in Wisconsin. He served with the Army in WW I and came to Odessa in 1951, where he was employed at Smith’s Cafe. He suffered a stroke at his home and when found was removed to the Memorial Hospital where he lived four days before..." (scrapbook obit of March 1962)

Widenmeyer, infant of W.,  (added: d. 10-30-1915) "The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Widenmeyer died last Saturday morning at 2 o’clock. It was buried Monday in the Odessa Cemetery." (Odessa Record: 11-05-1915)

Widmer, Daniel, s/o Jake; (d. 4-14-1934; b. 7-16-1877; TS; OC; Strates; Cong) “Dan Widmer.  Date of death: 4-14-1934 at 5:15 a..m., St Luke’s Hospital.  Birth: July 16, 1877, Russia; Age 57 yrs 8 mos 16 days;  Father: Jake Widmer born Russia; Mother: Dorothy Finkfinder born Russia; Time of residence in US: 1900.  Cause of death: Septicemia, cut on hand.  Physician: Dr J. G. Matthews. Four daughters: Mrs. Lawrence Quast, Mrs. Reinhold Roloff, Mrs. Emanuel Quast, and Miss Dorothy Widmer, all of Odessa; 3 sons: Oscar, Alfred, William. Hair: Brown to gray; Eyes: Brown; Height: 5’ 10”; Weight: 200 lbs.  Date of funeral: Apr 16, 1934 at Congregational church, Odessa; Rev Schwabenland;   (Mortuary Ledger)  “Daniel Widmer. Birth: 16 July 1877; Died: 14 April 1934, Odessa. Age: 56 yrs 11 mos 14 days. 3 sons, 4 daughters.” (Congregational Church Ledger by Rev Schwabenland) “Dan Widmer, 56, well known resident of the northern district, died at a Spokane hospital on Saturday and was buried from the Pilgrim Congregational church here on Monday afternoon, the Rev J. C. Schwabenland officiating. Burial was made in the Odessa Cemetery.  Death came as a shock to his many friends here, who had not known of his illness. During the week preceding his death he had a touch of blood poisoning from a slight wound and had gone to Spokane for hospitalization. Born July 16, 1877, at Wurtenburg, South Russia, he lived there during his early childhood, marrying Miss Magdalena Riley on Feb 2, 1899. Mrs. Widmer preceded her husband in death by two years. In 1901 they decided to come to America, coming directly to Ritzville, where they stayed until the fall months, then taking up a homestead at Warden. After living there 16 years they moved to the Ruff country for five years, leaving there for Sprague. About five years ago they returned to the Odessa region where they lived until death. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Lawrence Quast, Mrs. Reinhold Roloff, Mrs. Emanuel Quast and Miss Dorothy Widmer, all of Odessa; three sons, Oscar, Alfred J. and William, all of the Odessa region; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Suko, Warden; and Mrs. Bertha Gust, Ralston; two brothers, Jake, Warden; and Reinhold, Sprague; and 10 grandchildren. Pallbearers were chosen from among friends of the family and included D. G. Roloff, John Cook, Ed Schmierer, Fred Weishaar, Sr., Jack Quast and William Weis.” (Odessa Record: 4-20-1934)


Widmer, Magdalina Riley,  (d. 9-12-1930; b. 7-04-1877; TS; OC; Strates; Cong)  “Magdalina Widmer. Death: Sept 12, 1930, 8 miles N Odessa; Informant: Daniel Widmer. Date of Birth: July 4, 1877, Russia, age 53 years. Female, white, married. Father: Henry Riley born Russia; Mother: Katherine Knodel born Russia.  If foreign born, time of residence in US: 29 yrs.  Cause of death: Cancer.  Leaves Husband: Daniel Widmer.  Four Daughters: Mrs. Emanuel Quast, Mrs. Rhinehold Roloff, Emma, Dorothy; Three sons: William, Oscar, Alfred;  Brother: Harry Riley; Sister: Marie Lemley.” (Mortuary Ledger)  “Magdalena Widmer.  Died: 12 Sept 1930, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 4 July 1877. Spouse: Daniel Widmer.  Father: Henry Riley, b. Russia; Mother: Katherina Knodel, b. Russia; Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card) “Magdalina Reile Widmer. Birth: 4 July 1877. Died: 12 Sept 1930, Odessa. Cancer; age: 53 yr 2 mos 9 days. Gaten, bruder, schwestern, 1 kinder, freunde.” (Congregational Church ledger by Rev Delabarre)


Widmer, Oscar,  (d. 1978; b. 1905; TS; OC)  “Oscar Widmer.  Died: 9-20-1978, Buried: Odessa Cemetery.” (Lincoln Co Health burial permit) “Oscar Widmer.  Died: 9-29-1978.  Birth: 3-28-1905, WA.  Spouse: Ruby Millhorn.  Father: Daniel Widmer.  Mother: Magadelna Riley. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card)  “Oscar Widmer was born March 29, 1905 in Warden, WA, the son of Daniel and Magdalena Riley Widmer. He was baptized on April 23, 1905 by the Rev G. Riecker in Warden. He attended schools in the area. On Feb 27, 1921 he was confirmed into the Christian Faith by the Rev Bernstein in the Ruff Congregational Church.  Mr. Widmer was married to Ruby Millhorn on Sept 18, 1931. The couple farmed north of Odessa until 1967 when they retired and moved into town. Mr. Widmer became a member of the former Pilgrim Congregational Church in 1944 and was a faithful member of the UCC until ill health prevented his attendance. He was also a member of the Pairables Fellowship Group. Following a lengthy illness, Oscar passed away at his home on Sept 20, 1978 at the age of 73 years, 5 months and 22 days. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.  Those who remain to mourn his passing are his wife, Ruby; five sons: Weldon (Bud) of Odessa; Orville of Wilbur; Kenneth of Panama City, FL; Leslie of Morganton, NC; and Eldon of Warden; one daughter, Wilma Schwartz of Spokane; one brother, Alfred, of Spokane; three sisters, Ida M. Roloff and Emma Quast of Odessa and Dorothy (Tillie) Finkbeiner of Spokane; 18 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and many friends. Funeral services were held in the United Congregational Church on Saturday, Sept 23, at 2 p.m. with the Rev Everett E. Schoessler officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 9-28-1978)


Widmer, Ruby M.,  (d. 1981; b. 1912; TS; OC)  “Ruby Mildred Widmer.  Died: 3-23-1981, Odessa, WA.  Natural causes.  Spouse: Oscar Widmer.  Father: Duff Millhorn.  Mother: Maggie Malone.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card)  “Final services were held for Ruby M. Widmer on Friday, March 27 at the UCC. Rev Everett E. Schoessler officiated. Ruby passed away unexpectedly after suffering an apparent heart attack on March 23, 1981, at the age of 69 years, 2 months and 22 days.  Ruby Mildred Millhorn was born Jan 1, 1912 at Marlin, WA, the daughter of Duff and Maggie (Malone) Millhorn. She attended schools in Marlin, Spokane, Kellogg, Idaho, and Odessa. On Sept 18, 1931, Ruby was married to Oscar Widmer in Peshastin, WA by the Rev A. C. Delebarre. The couple farmed north of Odessa until 1967 when they retired and moved to town. She became a member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church in 1944 through baptism by the Rev Albert Hausauer. She was a member of the UCC; a member and former officer of the United Daughters; a member of the Pairables Fellowship Group; and was a Sunday School teacher for many years. She was a member of the Odessa Memorial Hospital Guild.  She worked for 15 years as a nurse’s aide at the hospital and convalescent center. Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar, in 1978, her parents, one sister, and four brothers. Those who remain to mourn her passing are five sons: Weldon (Bud) of Odessa; Orville of Wilbur; Kenneth of Panama City, Florida; Leslie of Morganton, NC; and Eldon of Warden, WA; one daughter, Wilma Schwartz of Spokane; one sister, Dora Belle Haase of Spokane; 18 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, and many friends. Sacred selections sung by Ione Zeiler and Delores Cook were ‘Just A Closer Walk With Thee’ and ‘In The Garden’. Wilma Schmidt was organist. Pall bearers were Rick Goetz, Ed Weber, Harlan Millhorn, Dean Witt, Al Schmierer, and Verl Quast. Final interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 4-02-1981)


Widmer, Weldon Bud,  (d. 1987; b. 1933; TS; OC)  “Weldon Willard Widmer.  Died: 9-06-1987, Odessa, WA.  Spouse: Laura Schmaucher. Father: Oscar Widner; Mother: Ruby Millhorn.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card) “Weldon Willard Widmer.  Died: 9-06-1987, Odessa.  Spouse: Laura Schmaucher (divorced). Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, Wa.” (Lincoln Co Health burial permit card)


Widmer, William, h/o Amelia  (d. 8-20-1940; b. 10-02-1901; TS; OC; Strates; Cong) “William Widmer, residence Marlin, WA; Death: Aug 20, 1940 at 2:58 a.m. at St Anthony Hosp. at Wenatchee, WA.  Informant: Mrs. R. W. Roloff (taking charge).  Birthplace: near Ralston, WA; Birth: Oct 2, 1901. Age: 38 yrs 10 mos 18 days. Male, white, married, farmer.  On farm, all his life.  Last worked at occupation: Aug 18, 1940.  Father: Daniel Widmer born Kulm, Russia; Mother: Magdalene Riley, born Klostitz, Russia.  Physician: Dr L. C. Miller and Dr John Gahringer. Wife: Amelia, at home.  One Daughter: Lilias, at home; 4 sons: Eugene, Robert, James, Donald, at home; 2 Brothers: Oscar and Alfred of Odessa, WA; 4 sisters: Mrs. Emanuel Quast, Spokane; Mrs. Reinhold Roloff, Odessa; Mrs. Lawrence Quast, Odessa; Mrs. Ed Finkbeiner, Cheney, WA.” (Mortuary Ledger)  “William Widmer.  Died: 8-20-1940. Buried: Odessa Cemetery. Odessa, WA” (Lincoln Co Health burial permit card) “William Widmer. Buried: 8-23-1940 in Odessa; age: 38 yrs 10 mos 18 days. double pneumonia.” (Rev Hausauer’s Funeral Ledger) “Wiedmer, William. Birth: 2 Oct 1901.  Death: 19 Aug 1940; Aged: 38 yrs 10 mos 18 days.  Gattin, 4 son, 1 daughter, 2 brother, 4 sister.” (Congregational Church ledger by Rev Hausauer)


Willging, Katherine,  (d. 1983; b. 1886; TS; OC; obit)  “Katharine Willging.  Died: 17 June 1983, Ruff, WA.  Birth: 20 Oct 1886, Russia.  Spouse: John Willging, deceased;  Father: Christine Zacher;  Mother: Christina Schell. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card) “Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 21, 1983 for Katharine Willging who passed away on Friday, June 17, 1983. Pastor Stanley Williamsen officiated at the service held at the Chapel of the Strate Funeral Home in Davenport. She was 96 years old at the time of her death. She will be remembered as pioneering the Ruff area with her husband John. They lived there until 1946, when they retired and moved to Ritzville. She was also a charter member of the Ruff Lutheran church. Katharine was preceded in death by her husband in 1964; two sons, William Willging and John Z. Willging; two daughters, Nathalia Eckhart and Bertha Iltz. She is survived by two sons, Gus Willging, Springdale, WA, and Rudy Willging, Othello, WA; one daughter, Emma Hurliman, Othello, WA; 12 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 23 June 1983)


Williams, Audrey,  (d. 1977; b. 1902; TS; OC)  “Audrey L. Williams.  Died: 8-07-1977.  Birth: 7-06-1902, MT;  widowed. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card)  “Funeral services for Audrey L Williams, former resident of Odessa, were held from the English Congregational Church at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug 12. Rev Douglas Roberts officiated at the service.  Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the interment at the Odessa Cemetery.  Mrs. Williams, who made her home in Olympia, died there on August 7, (1977).  She is survived by one son, David, of Odessa; one daughter, Mrs. Donald (Meryl) Gates of Olympia; 7 grandchildren; one great grandchild; one sister, Mrs. Daisy Woitt, Yakima.  Mrs. Williams was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Odessa Grange and charter member of the Women’s Fellowship of the English Congregational Church, all of Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 8-18-1977).


Williams, David G.,   (d. 8-19-1998; b. 6-23-1927; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services of David George Williams were held on Monday, Aug 24, at the Heritage UCC Sanctuary in Odessa. Mr. Williams, who was 72 years old, died on Wednesday, Aug 19, 1998, in Spokane. He was a long-time resident of Odessa. He was born in Seattle on June 23, 1927, the son of George and Audrey (Laney) Williams. He attended Odessa schools and was graduated from Odessa High School. He married Dorothy Groh, in Odessa, on Oct 3, 1948.  Mr. Williams was a wheat farmer and cattle rancher in the Odessa area for many years. He was a member of the Heritage UCC, the Odessa Lions Club and the Odessa Grange. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Williams, at the home; one son, Craig Williams, and two daughters, Nancy Williams and Debra Williams, all of Spokane; one grandson, Russell Williams of Spokane; one sister, Meryl Gates, of Tumwater, WA, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, Wesley David Williams, in 1955.” (Odessa Record: Aug 1998)


Williams, Georgie,  (d. 1970; b. 1893; TS; OC)  “George Grant Williams.  Died: 10-31-1970. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.”  (Lincoln Co Health burial permit card) “George G Williams, a farmer in the Odessa area for around twenty years, died at the Memorial hospital on Oct 31, at the age of 77 years.  Mr. Williams was the son of George U. Williams and his wife, Zena. He was born in Rushville, NE, on Sept 20, 1893. He and his family moved to Washington when he was a child, and in 1925, on July 28, he and Audrey Laney were married. Mr. and Mrs. Williams made their home in Seattle, where he owned a service station and car repair shop until August of 1941, when the family moved to a ranch east of Odessa. There they conducted a dairy business until 1966, when his son, Dave Williams, took over the business. Mr. Williams had been in poor health for several years.  Funeral services were conducted at the English Congregational church Wednesday, Nov 4, at 2 p.m. with Rev Albert Hausauer officiating. Ione Zeiler and Delores Cook sang two numbers. Interment was at the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge. Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Audrey, at the home; one son, Dave of Odessa; one daughter, Georgia Meryl (Mrs. Donald Ray Gates of Tumwater, WA); 7 grandchildren; one brother, Sylvester Williams of Ritzville; two sisters, Mrs. Lela Nickel of Spokane, and Miss Lillie Williams of Seattle. Mr. Williams was a member of the Odessa Masonic Lodge and the Odessa Grange.” (Odessa Record: 12 Nov 1970) 


Williams, Grace Mae,  (d. 11-19-1954; b. 1884; TS; OC; Cong)  “Grace Mae Williams.  Died: 11-15-1954.  Birth: 11-09-1884, Iowa.  Married.  Father: Hopkins Willis;  Mother: Octava McCullum.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card) “Grace Mae Williams.  Age: 70 yrs. Burial: Odessa. Dated: Nov 19, 1954” (English Congregational Church ledger- typed, not original script) “Funeral services for Grace Mae Williams, 70, will be held from the English Congregational church on Friday afternoon, at 2 o’clock. The Rev F. William Westwood will officiate, and the Strate Funeral Home will have charge. Odessa stores will close during the funeral, honoring her as a former business associate. Grace Mae Willis was born in Lacona, Iowa, on Nov 9, 1884, and when about six years of age, migrated with her parents to Nebraska, where she lived until she was 18. Then the family moved to Deadwood, SD. It was there she met Samuel Williams and they were wed, Dec 25, 1905. To that union was born one son, Lloyd, present mayor of Odessa.  Mr. and Mrs. Williams came to Chilco, Idaho, in 1912, where Mr. Williams was engaged in mining. They moved on to Spokane in 1917, and to Odessa in 1920, where they have made their home since. Mr. Williams operated a plumbing business, and Mrs. Williams established a ladies’ specialty shop. They had retired from business.  Mrs. Williams had been in ill health for the past two years, and she and her husband had spent the  past two winters in the south. She entered the Memorial Hospital on Friday and died there on Monday.  Survivors include her husband, Samuel Williams, at the home; one son, Lloyd O Williams; 2 granddaughters; three sisters, Mrs. Pauline Brown, Burlingame, CA; Mrs. Lucille Bridges, Eureka, CA; and Mrs. Dell O’Neill, Cresent City, CA.” (Odessa Record: 11-18-1954) “Funeral services for Grace Mae Williams... Pallbearers were Lloyd Stannard, W. F. Zagelow, Leonard Mills, W. M. Richardson, Harold Weber, Walter Lenhart, and John Scrupps. A vocal duet was furnished by Mrs. D. B. Wilskie and Mrs. Robert Haight....” (Odessa Record: 11-25-1954)


Williams, Lloyd O.,  (d. 1968; b. 1906; TS; OC)  “Lloyd Orson Williams.  Died: 6-22-1968.  Birth: 9-21-1906, SD.  Spouse: Martha Williams.  Father: Samuel Williams.  Mother: Grace Willis.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card)


Williams, Martha P.,  (d. 1973; b. 1907; TS; OC)  “Martha Pauline Williams.  Died: 1-23-1973, Odessa, WA.  Spouse: widowed.  Father: Adam Weber.  Mother: Caroline Handel.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card) " Graveside services were held 

at the Odessa Cemetery for Mrs. Martha P. Williams, who died Jan 23 after a lingering illness. Mrs. Williams was the daughter of Adam Weber, a pioneer who for a time farmed extensively near Ritzville. She was the widow of Lloyd O Williams, former owner of Williams Garage, former city council member, Odessa fire chief, and mayor of the town. The Williames resided for a time in Baker, OR, before moving to Odessa in the early thirties.  Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Byra Grace Orey, Folsom, CA; and Mrs. Carol Lynn Moore, Visalia, CA; six brothers, John Weber, Ritzville; Dave Weber, Odessa; George Weber, Seattle; Dan Weber, Kalispell, MT; Sam Weber, Ontario, OR; and Harold Weber, Ritzville; four sisters, Mrs. Edith Ferris, Everett; Mrs. Lydia Heimbigner, Ritzville; Mrs. Lena Reiman, Dryden; and Mrs. Elsie Hoppe, Olympia; and five grandchildren.  Mrs. Williams was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Odessa, and a charter member of Readers’ Club, which was instrumental in establishing the town’s first city library.” (Odessa  Record: 2-01-1973)


Williams, Samuel L.,  (d. 1963; b. 1878; TS; OC)  “Samuel Lloyd Williams.  Died: 4-24-1963, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 6-13-1878. Spouse: widowed.  Father: Jacob Williams.  Mother: Emma Huffman.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card and burial card)  “Graveside services were held at the Odessa Cemetery on Saturday for Samuel L. Williams, 84, who died unexpectedly while shopping in a local store on Thursday afternoon. The Rev John A. Birchard officiated. The Strate Funeral Home was in charge.  Acting as pallbearers were Sig Praetorius, Tony Neves, M. Totusek, Joe Brandon, David Weber and H. H. Strate. A long time Odessa business man, Mr. Williams was born June 13, 1878, at Boone, PA. He worked at mining, as a millwright for many years. He came to Odessa as a barber and after a time bought the plumbing business he operated for many years.  His wife, Grace, who died about ten years ago, operated a woman’s specialty shop here as a separate business. Both were active in community life. Mr. Williams served several years on the city council.  Mr. Williams practically introduced indoor plumbing to the community and with the coming of power equipment, manufactured gasoline strainers for tractor users.  Following his retirement he and Mrs. Williams would winter in CA, a practice he followed along later. In recent years he has wintered here.  Survivors include his son, Lloyd O Williams, Odessa; two granddaughters, Byra Grace Orey, of Sacremento, and Carol Moore, Fisalia, CA; 5 great grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Emma Morgan, Bremerton, WA.” (Odessa Record: 5-02-1963) 


Williams, Wesley David,   (d. 1955; b. 1951; TS; OC)  “Wesley David Williams.  Died: 4-13-1955. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card) “Wesley David Williams. Age: 3 yrs 6 mos.  Dated: Apr 15, 1955. Burial: Odessa” (English Congregational Church ledger-typed, not original script) " Funeral services will be held from the English Congregational Church on Friday at 2 o'clock

for Wesley David Williams, who died at a Spokane hospital on Wednesday. The four year old child had been ill for a long time with leukemia. The Rev F William Westwood will officiate, and burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery, under direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Wesley David was born to Mr. and Mrs. David G. Williams on Oct 18, 1951. In addition to his parents he is survived by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Groh and Mr. and Mrs. George J. Williams, all of Odessa." (Odessa Record: 4-14-1955)


Wilskie, Charles E., (WW II) (d. 6-07-1966; b. 7-01-1908; TS; OC)  “Charles E. Wilskie.  Died: 6-07-1966.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card)  “Funeral services for Charles Wilskie, who died at the Veterans hospital in Spokane early Tuesday morning, June 7, were held Friday afternoon at Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa. Rev Werner J Fritz conducted the service. A men’s quartet from the church, Ralph Heimbigner, Curtis Finck, William Schillinger and Walter Larson, sang two numbers. Charles Edward Wilskie was born at Odessa on July 1, 1908. He was the son of Edward and Magdalena Wilskie. He attended and graduated from the Odessa schools and also attended Cheney Normal. He was later employed by the Washington Water Power Company as a lineman. Charles Wilskie and Mildred Heimbigner were married at Wenatchee on July 17, 1933.  Early in 1942 Wilskie enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the Signal Corps. He was on active duty on various fronts of the European Theater of war and received his discharge in 1945.  Following the war, the Wilskies made Odessa their home where Charles went into the radio and television business. Later he became a distributor of Norkem Fertilizer products, which, because of growing ill health, he sold in November, 1959.  Mr. Wilskie spent the last six years of his life in retirement, making occasional trips to Arizona and California, and to the Veterans hospital, seeking relief from a respiratory illness. Charles Wilskie is survived by his wife, Mildred; one brother, Dan, of Odessa; three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Reilly, St John; Mrs. Christine Clausen, Seattle; and Mrs. Louise Heimbigner, Sprague; several nieces and nephews.  Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery. Pall bearers were Henry Hopp, A. J. Weber, Richard Dashiell, Don Haase, Gus Weber and Reinhold Schuh. Military rites were conducted by the local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars representatives. Color guard participants were Bob Monroe, Harold Suchland, Henry Weber, and Leonard Iltz. Firing squad members were: Bill Richardson, sergeant; Weldon Walter, Ken Hofstrand, Otto Schell, Art Melcher, J. A. Reihs and Melvin Schauerman.” (Odessa Record: 6-16-1966)


Wilskie, Daniel B.,  (d. 6-17-1981; b. 9-01-1905; TS; OC)  “Daniel Benjamin Wilskie.  Died: 6-17-1981, Odessa, WA.  Spouse: Ella Schrag.  Father: Edward Wilskie.  Mother: Magdalina Humann.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card)  “Funeral services were held on Friday, June 19, 1981 from the English Congregational Church for Daniel Benjamin Wilskie who passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 1981, in the Odessa Hospital. Pastor Robert Shofner and Rev Albert Hausauer officiated.  Dan Wilskie was born to Edward and Magdalena Humann Wilskie on Sept 1, 1905 at Odessa, WA. He spent most of his lifetime in the Odessa community. He was a member of the English Congregational Church and the Odessa Masonic Lodge. On June 12, 1931 he was married to Ella Schrag of Ritzville. Together they reached their 50th wedding anniversary on June 12, 1981.  In May 1969 Dan suffered a stroke and during the past twelve years he had made a commitment to his Lord and Master and became a Christian. He found peace and a deep faith in his commitment. Dan leaves a wife, Ella, at the home; two sons, Dr Gene Harlan Wilskie of Edmonds, WA; and Dr Wayne Wilskie of Mt Vernon, WA; three sisters, Louise Heimbigner of Sprague, WA; Sarah of St John; and Christiina Claussen of Seattle; four grandchildren, Daniel Jay Wilskie, Edmonds; Jaydee Lee Benner, Spokane; Elizabeth Ann Wilskie and Milly Margaret Wilskie, both of Mt Vernon; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Sacred selections ‘Rock of Ages’ and ‘Nearer To The Hear Of God’ were sung by Peggy Salo. Organist was Joyce Roberts. Casket bearers were Gary Schrag, Dick Buscher, Fred Buscher, Leonard Heimbigner, Gale Salo and Gayle Gering.  Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 6-25-1981)


Wilskie, Edward,  (d. 1909; b. 1872; TS; OC)  “While trying to vomit, in a badly intoxicated condition, Edward Wilskie, about 40 years of age, choked to death Tuesday at 3 o’clock p.m.  He has been a hard drinker for a number of years and during the past few weeks has been drunk almost continuously. Wilskie is a Russian and report is that his father is a count and wealthy, but refused to have anything to do with the son because of his drunkenness. The funeral was held from the Stone Undertaking parlors Wednesday afternoon, the interment being made at the German Lutheran Cemetery. A wife and a large family of children are left by Wilskie to make their way in the world.” (Odessa Record-June 18, 1909)


Wilskie, son of Edward,  (added) d. Oct 1907 “The six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wilsky died last Saturday of diphtheria and four other children in the family are now down with the disease. A child in the family of Jacob Quincer, a neighbor, also has the disease. A strict quarantine is being maintained and every precaution taken to prevent the disease from spreading.” (Odessa Record: 25 Oct 1907, page 5)


Wilskie, Ella (Schrag),  (d. 2006) "Ella (Schrag) Wilskie went home to be with her Lord on Jan 26, 2006, in Odessa, WA. She was born to Joseph J Schrag and Lena Gering Schrag on March 16, 1909, in Adams County near Ritzville. When Ella was eight years old her family moved to Monroe and lived there for twelve years. On June 12, 1931, Ella married Daniel B Wilskie and they lived in Odessa all of their married life of fifty years. Ella was raised in the Mennonite faith which was an important part of her deeply religious convictions all of her life. She was an instrument of the Lord praying daily for friends and family. Ella was preceded in death by her husband Dan in June 1981. Survivors include two sons and their wives Gen H Wilskie (Norma), Edmonds, WA; Wayne R Wilskie (Margy), Mount Vernon, WA; four grandchildren: Jaydee Brenner, Dan Wilskie, Molly Wilskie Kala, Betsy Wilskie Evanger; and two great grandchildren. She is also survived by six sisters and one brother. Ella was a gentle and loving mother and grandmother, and will be missed by all who knew her. Ella requested to be cremated. Graveside services will be held at a later date for the family in the Odessa family plot." (Odessa Record: 2-09-2006)


Wilskie, Magdalina,  d. 1929; b. 1872; TS; OC;

Wilson, Clara W. Jasmann,  (added: d. 9-04-1914) "Mrs. W. C. Wilson, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred G. Jasmann, died at the home of her parents here at 8:20 o’clock this morning. The cause of her death was tuberculosis, with which she had been a sufferer for some time. The funeral services probably will be held from the English Congregational church Sunday afternoon, definite arrangements for that awaiting  the arrival of her husband from Portland. It will be in charge of Rev W S Pritchard and interment will be made in the Odessa Cemetery. Clara W. Jasmann was born in Yankton County, South Dakota on the 18th day of May, 1887. She came west with her parents in the late 90’s and was married at Portland, Oregon, on the 21st day of February, 1904, to W C Wilson. A ten year old daughter, Eva, is left by the mother, besides her husband, mother, father, and two sisters, Mary and Gertrude, and two brothers, Herman and Edward. The Record joins with the people of this community in extending sympathy to the bereaved family in their hour of sorrow." (Odessa Record: 9-04-1914)

Wiltse, Augusta P.,  (d. 7-31-1953; b. 4-07-1875; TS; OC)  “Augusta Pauline Wiltse.  Died: 7-31-1953.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card)


Winnington, Thomas,  (d. 5-17-1923; b. 7-08-1847; TS-Cath.; OC; DC; obit) “Thomas Winnington.  Male, white, single. Birth: July 8, 1847, Tushingham, Cheshire, England; age 76 yrs 11 mos 9 days. Father: John Winnington, born England; Mother: Mary A. Spenner, born England. Informant: Jack Winnington, Sand Point, Idaho.  Place of Death: Lincoln Co, Odessa, Dist 6. Date of death: May 17, 1923. Cause: carcinoma. contributory: cancer of liver and prostate. L. M. Thompson, MD, Odessa. Burial: Catholic Cemetery on 5-19-____. Undertaker: J. E .Turner.” (WA State Board of Health. Register of Death)


Winter, Albert Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, July 11, for Albert Winter, a lifetime resident of Odessa. Mr. Winter died Sunday, July 7, 2002, in Spokane. He was 84 years old. He was born in Odessa on July 8, 1917, the son of Michael and Zelena (Bohnet) Winter. During WW II, he served as a light tank crewman with the US armed forces in Europe and Africa. He was a lifetime member of the VFW as well as the American Legion. He returned from the war to marry his sweetheart, Verna Sackmann, and to begin more than 40 years of dedicated farming. Al was a devoted Christian and a lifetime member of the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa. He loved life and his fellow man and was always willing to help anyone in need. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Verna, in 2000, and one sister, Polly Leisle, of Ritzville. He is survived by one daughter, Sharon (and Roger) Lee, of Spokane; and son Larry (and Diane) Winter, of Heber Springs, Ark., two grandsons, Nathan and Jordan Winter; three sisters, Esther Greenwalt, of Ritzville, Viola Fode, of Lind; and Dorothy Schafer, of Spokane; and two brothers, Art Winter and Walt Winter, both of Odessa. Pastor Don Smith will officiate at the funeral. Concluding services and interment will follow at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: July 2002)


Winter, Dorothy (Albershardt),   (added) “Dorothy Violet Albershardt Winter died Thursday, July 20, 2006, in Odessa, following a long illness. She was 73 years old. She was born in Ritzville on May 13, 1933, to Fred and Emma Albershardt. She was the oldest of five children. Her father was a mechanic for Boeing, and her family moved accordingly. They eventually settled on a small farm near Lind. Dorothy attended Lind High School, where she was active on the tennis team. She also took piano lessons and became an accomplished musician. On graduating from high school in 1951, she attended Kinman Business University. She met Art Winter in 1944 at a family get-together. They were married on July 3, 1953. While Art was in military service, Dorothy worked at the Old National Bank in Ritzville. Art and Dorothy had two children, Douglas Arthur, born in 1954, and Janet Coleen, born in 1956. While Art was employed at the Odessa Union Warehouse, Dorothy was able to stay at home  with the children… The family attended Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Dorothy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The family got together as often as they could, including having tequila night on occasion at the hospital. Dorothy is survived by her husband, Art; her children, Doug and Janene Winter, of Pullman; and Janet Woodburn, of Caldwell, Idaho; her grandchildren… her brother,, Donald and Sherrill Albershardt, of Lake Oswego, OR; sister, Shirley and Jerry Dirks of Moscow, Idaho; sister, Marian Thompson of Spokane; brother Jim and Kay Albershardt, of Portland; sister-in-law, Esther Greenwalt, brother-in-law Walt and Helen Winter, of Odessa; sister-in-law Dorothy Schafer of Spokane; brother-in-law Clarence (and Vi) Fode, of Lind, and many special friends. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Emma Albershardt, Frederick (and Zelma) Winter, and two granddaughters, infant Rebecca Anne Winter and Tana Coleen Woodburn. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 26, at Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa, with Pastor Don Smith officiating. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 7-27-2006)


Winter, Elsie A.,  (d. 2001; b. 1910; TS; OC)  “Funeral services for Elsie A. (Haase) Winter were held on Monday, March 19, at Heritage Church in Odessa. Mrs. Winter, who was 90 years old, died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, in Portland. She was a life-long resident of the Odessa area. She was born Nov 12, 1910, at the family farm near Batum, the daughter of Daniel and Magdalena (Lobe) Haase. She married Julius Winter on June 2, 1930. She was a homemaker, and she also was employed for 16 years by the Odessa Cleaners. She was a member of the Heritage Church, United Daughters and Parable group. She was a Sunday school teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1976; her parents, her step-mother Pauline Haase; 10 brothers, Richard, Herbert, Edwin, Walter, Albert, Leon, Arthur, Harvey, Ernest and Stanley, one baby sister Magdalena Haase, and her son-in-law, Roy Carlson.  She is survived by one daughter, Betty Lou Carlson, of Portland; two grandsons, Michael and wife Robin Carlson, of New Franken, WI; and Mark Carlson, of LaCenter, WA; four great grandchildren, Carina, Nicole, Nathan and Christine Carlson, all of LaCenter; one brother, Donald Haase, of Wilson Creek; three sisters, Alma Burkholz, of Colville; Ruth Schumaker, of Ritzville, and Louella Smith, of Odessa, and numerous nieces and nephews, including Carol Lee Femenia, of Mill Valley, CA. Pastor Larry Snyder officiated at the funeral. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-March 22, 2001)


Winter, Julius,  (d. 1976; b. 1905; TS; OC)  “Julius Winters.  Died: 11-03-1976.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card) “Julius Winter was born in Sheridan County, ND on April 11, 1905 in the town of McClusky. On June 2, 1930 he was married to Elsie Haase. His father was Nathaniel Winter, who was born in Russia in 1879. His mother was Mathilda Quast and she was born in Parkston, SD.  Julius moved from SD to American Falls, ID in 1920. He worked on a farm there for two years. Later he worked at the Union Pacific boiler shop in Pocatello. After four years he moved to Odessa, in 1926. Here he worked on the farm for two years and then became a meat cutter and followed that trade for 17 years. He was manager of the Grange Supply Locker Plant, serving there for ten years. In 1946 he went to work for the Lincoln County Highway Department, becoming a foreman of the Odessa crew in 1950. He retired in 1971 in Odessa after 25 years of service to the county.  Mr. Winter was a member of the UCC. He served as a deacon, church school superintendent and on different committees of the church.  He died on Nov 3, 1976 at the Deaconess Hospital in Spokane. He is survived by his wife, Elsie; a daughter, Betty, and Roy Carlson and grandsons Michael and Mark Carlson, all of Portland. He is also survived by one brother, Theo Winter of Ashland, OR, and one sister, Edna Fletcher of Spokane. Funeral services were held at the UCC on Saturday, Nov 6 at 11 a.m. with Revs James Moore and Albert Hausauer officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery.  The pall bearers were Clem Groh, Jr., Bob Pierce, Al Wiest, Jim Goetz, M. M. Range, Fred Stehr, and George Fletcher.” (Odessa Record: 11-11-1976)

Winter, Michael,   (d. 1961; b. 1887; TS; OC)  “Michael Winter.  Died: 6-22-1961, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 7-07-1887. Spouse; widowed.  Father: Samuel Winter.  Mother: Luese Kohler.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death & burial cards)  “Funeral services for Michael Winter, 73, who died unexpectedly at his home Thursday, were held from the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran church on Monday afternoon, with Pastor Elmer Wenzel officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery under direction of Strate Funeral Home.  Serving as pallbearers were William Ferderer, Ernest Hardt, August Sackmann, Herbert Steffen, Walter Tanke and Walter Scheller. Vocal and organ music was furnished by Mrs. Kenneth Schermer of Harrington, Mrs. Henry Holman and Mrs. Earl W Iverson of Lamona.  Mr. Winter was born in Tarutino, Russia, July 7, 1887, and came to America as a young man. He lived for a time in South Dakota, then coming to Odessa. In 1916 he married Miss Zelma Bohnet at Ruff. She died April 12, 1942. He farmed at Batum at first, then at Lamona and in later years south of Odessa. He retired to a home in town in November, 1951.  He held membership in the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran church.  On the day of his death Mr. Winter had been down town in the morning and after his return home he fell ill. He telephoned the home of a son, Arthur, and Mrs. Winter responded. While he was dressing to go to the doctor’s office, he collapsed.  Survivors include three sons, Albert, Walter and Arthur Winter, Odessa; four daughters, Mrs. John (Esther) Greenwalt, Odessa; Mrs. Arthur (Pauline) Leisle, Ritzville; Mrs. Clarence (Viola) Fode, Lind; and Mrs. Robert H (Dorothy) Schafer, Spokane; 19 grandchildren; three brothers, Dan Winter, Stanford, MT; William and Fred Winter, in Germany; one sister, Mary, in Austria.” (Odessa Record: June 29, 1961, scrapbook item)


Winter, Neal Walter,  (d. 1-06-1956; b. 10-11-1955; TS; OC)  “Neal Walter Winter.  Died: 1-06-1956, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 10-11- 1955.  unmarried; Father: Walter Winter.  Mother: Helen Baurngart.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death and burial cards) 


Winter, Verne H. E.,  (d. 2000; b. 1923; TS; OC)  “Funeral services for Verna H Winter were held Saturday, July 15, at Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa. Mrs. Winter, who was 76 years old, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, in Odessa. She was a lifelong resident of the Odessa area.  She was born Aug 15, 1923, in Odessa, the daughter of Fredrick and Amelia (Albrecht) Sackmann. She attended schools in the Odessa area and was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1941. She married Albert Winter on May 13, 1945. Mrs. Winter was a member of the Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church and the women’s organizations of the church. She was a homemaker.  She is survived by her husband, Albert Winter, at the home; two children, Sharon and husband Roger Lee, of Spokane; and Larry and wife Diane Winter, of Heber Springs, Ark; one sister, Marciel Smith, of Ritzville; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters. Pastor Don Smith officiated at the funeral. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-July 20, 2000)


Winter, Zelma Bohnet,  (d. 4-12-1942; b. 3-06-1897; TS; OC;  Strates)  “Mrs. Zelma Winters, Residence: Ruel; Death: April 12, 1942 at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart Hospital. Birth: March 6, in Russia; Age: 45 yrs 1 month 5 days.  Female, white, married.  Husband: Mike Winters. Length of stay in city where death occurred: 6 days. How long in US: 37 yrs; Father: Fred Bohnet born Russia; Mother: Rosina Jeske born Russia.  Three sons: Albert, in Army; Walter, Odessa; Arthur, Odessa; 4 Daughters: Ester Greenwalt, Odessa; Pauline Winters; Viola Winters, Dorothy Winters; 3 brothers and 6 sisters. Personal effects received by Mike Winter.” (Mortuary Ledger)  “Zelina Winter. Died:  4-12-1942. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial  card)


Witt, Cheryl L.,  (d. 1996; b. 1949; TS; OC)  “Funeral services for Cheryl Lee Witt were held on Wednesday, Nov 13, at Odessa Baptist Church.  Mrs. Witt, who was 47 years old, died on Friday, Nov 8, 1996, in a Spokane hospital following a brief illness. She was born in Spokane on April 13, 1949, the daughter of Warren and Ilene (Rogers) Manke. She attended schools in Mansfield and Bridgeport and was graduated from Quincy High School in 1967. She attended Pacific Lutheran College and was graduated from Wenatchee Valley Community College as a licensed practical nurse.  She married Ken Witt, of Odessa, on Oct 26, 1969.  The couple had two sons.  Cheryl was employed for several years at Odessa Memorial Hospital. She also was with the Odessa Record, as a reporter and feature writer, and she conducted the Zeitung Bericht, a popular column about Odessa people and events. She authored two cook books, one of her family recipes and one with recipes for German cooking gathered from the Odessa community. She also held other positions, most recently as the associate cook for the Odessa senior meals program. She was also known for her volunteer work in the community.  She was a member of the Odessa Baptist church and the Women’s Missionary Society. She was a former Girl Scout leader.  She is survived by her husband, Ken Witt, at the home; two sons, Jason Witt and Shannon Witt, both of Odessa; her mother, Ilene Marriott and her husband Roy, of Davenport; one brother, Kenneth R. Manke, of East Wenatchee; her mother-in-law, Julianna Witt, of Odessa, and one cousin, Gaye Hunt, of Anchorage, Alaska.  The Rev Charles Smith, pastor of Odessa Baptist Church, officiated at the funeral. Graveside services followed at Odessa Cemetery.  Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-Nov 14, 1996) “Cheryl Lee Witt. Died: 11-08-1996. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card)


Witt, Doris M Woods:  “Doris M. Witt died May 14, 2011 in Spokane at the age of 74.  She was born April 21, 1937, in Gulf Port , Miss. to Wiley and Felicia (Malley) Woods. She married Dean Witt in Gulf Port on July 3, 1955.  She is survived by her husband, Dean, at the home in Odessa, three children, Vicki Edwards and Ken of Snohomish, Wash., Patty McCarrell and Floyd and Terri Baker and Danny, all of Spokane; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; her brother Richard Woods of Gulf Port; three sisters, Linda Clark of Columbus, Ohio, Barbara Jackson and Donnie Peterson, both of Gulf Port, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and seven sisters.  Doris was a member of the Heritage Church in Odessa . She enjoyed playing Bunko, casino trips, reading, puzzles, sewing, cooking and walking with her good friend Darlene ( Edens ).  Her biggest joy was her family and spending time with the grandchildren and great grandchildren and her husband Dean, who has taken special care of her for the last eight years of her life.  Funeral services are Friday, May 20, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Heritage Church , Odessa , with Pastor Jon Hayashi officiating. Interment will be held at the Odessa Cemetery . Strate Funeral Home, Davenport , is caring for the family.” ( Odessa Record: 5-19-2011) 


Witt, Emanuel,  (d. 1980; b. 1902; TS; OC)  “Emanuel Witt.  Died: 8-19-1980. Birth: 11-23-1902. Spouse: Julianna Bohnet. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card)  “Emanuel Witt passed away Aug 19, 1980 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA. He was born Nov 23, 1902, at Ritzville, WA, and lived on his parents farm southwest of Odessa from 1910 to 1974, when they moved to town. He is survived by his wife, Julianna; daughter, Lorraine Sanders of Salem, OR; sons, Dean and Kenneth Witt, both of Odessa; 11 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, Wesley Thomas Witt.  Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug 23, from the UCC, Odessa.  Rev Everett Schoessler and Rev Albert Hausauer officiated. Sacred selections at the service... Casket bearers were Al Winter, Walt Winter, David Birge, Art Winter, John Greenwalt and Paul Gross. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport was in charge of arrangements. Interment was at the Odessa Cemetery followed by dinner at the church for family and friends, served by the ladies of the church.” (Odessa Record: 8-28-1980)


Witt, Gottlieb Gustave, h/o P.  (d. 6-05-1920; b. 9-03-1879; TS; OC; DC; Cong) “Gottlieb Gustave Witt. Male, white, married. Birth: Sept 3, 1870, Russia; farmer; Age 49 yrs 9 mos 2 days. Father: William Witt, born Russia; Mother: Christina Wenzlaf, born Russia. Informant: Mrs. Gottlieb Witt, Odessa, WA.  Place of Death: Lincoln County. Date of death: June 5, 1920. Cause: Angina Pectoris. Lee Garrison, MD, Odessa, WA.  Place of Burial: Odessa Cemetery; (not dated), Undertaker: (not shown).” (WA State Board of Health. Register of Death. [certificate appeared to have had Odessa Cemetery added at a later date])  “Witt, Gottlieb Gustav.  Birth: 3 Sept 1870, Arzis, S. Russland.  Died: 5 June 1920, Odessa, age 49 yr 8 mos 28 dys; herz-leiden; Gattin, 1 sohn, 3 fochter; Buried: 7 June 1920, Odessa.” (Odessa Congregational Funeral Ledger; burial location not shown) “Another early settler of the Odessa country, Gottleib Witt, passed to the great  beyond Saturday morning, of heart disease after an illness of about a week. Mr. Witt had a prior attack of heart failure some time ago, but up to last Monday has appeared in his usual health. His last attack, however, was so violent that there was scarcely a hope held for his recovery. He was born in South Russia, May 30, 1870, and resided there until manhood, when in Oct 1893, he was united in marriage to Miss Pauline Kettler and soon after they emigrated to America settling first in South Dakota, where they resided for five years and then came to the homestead where they resided until his death. He leaves a wife, three daughters, Miss Bertha Witt, Mrs. John Witt and Mrs. Jacob Mann, and a son, Emanuel Witt, all of Odessa, to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held from the Pilgrim Congregational church Tuesday, the Rev John G. V. Smith, officiating, after which his remains were interred in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 11 June 1920)


Witt, Julianna Bohnet, (added)  “Julianna Witt, a lifetime resident of the Odessa area, died Sunday, March 20, 2005, in Odessa. She was 97 years old.  She was born Jan 31, 1908, in Ruff, the daughter of Fred Bohnet Sr. and Rosina (Jeske) Bohnet.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmanuel Witt, in 1980, and her son, Wesley Witt, in 1977.  She is survived by her children, Ken Witt and friend Sharon, of Odessa, Dean Witt and Doris, of Odessa, and Lorraine Smith and friend Johnny, of Salem, OR; nine grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 23, at the Heritage Church in Odessa, with Pastor Larry Snyder officiating. Concluding services and interment were at Odessa Cemetery.  Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 3-24-2005) 


Witt, Pauline K.,  (d. 1-30-1945; b. 10-14-1871; TS; OC; Strates; Cong)  “Pauline K. Witt. Residence: Odessa, WA. Place of death: Residence of Nat. Maier. Birth: Oct 14, 1871; Death: Jan 30, 1945; Maiden Name: Pauline Kittler. Wife of Gottleib Witt, deceased 25 yrs ago. Age: 73 yrs 3 mos 16 days; female, widow, white, housewife.  Father: not obtain Kittler born Russia; Mother: not obtainable born Russia.  Cause of death: Coronary Thrombosis. Physician: Dr L. J. Bonney of Odessa. Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral: St Mathew Cong. Church, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb 4, 1945. Interment: Feb 4, 1945. Rev Flemmer officiating.”  (Mortuary Ledger) “Pauline K. Witt.  Died: 1-30-1945, Odessa, WA.  Parents: unknown. Spouse: widowed (Gottlieb).  Buried: Odessa Cemetery.” (Lincoln Co Health Death and burial cards) “Paulina Witt.  Aged: 73 yrs 3 mos 16 days. Dated: Feb 4, 1945. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger) " Mrs. Pauline K. Witt, 73, was buried

from the St Matthews Congregational church on Sunday afternoon, the Rev J. P. Flemmer officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home.  Pallbearers were Wentel Weber, John Speck, Conrad Gies, D. G. Roloff, H. B. Schafer and Dan Haase, Jr.  The church quartette sang ‘Abide With Me’ and ‘Going Down the Valley’.  Pauline Kittler was born Oct 14, 1871, in South Russia, where she was married in 1893 to Gottlieb Witt and a month later the two came to America, settling in South Dakota for five years before coming to Washington.  Survivors include three daughters, Mrs Lydia Witt, Clayton, WA; Mrs. Martha Mann, Harrington, and Mrs. Bertha Maier, Odessa, and one son, Emanuel, Odessa; several sisters in Russia, and 10 grandchildren.  Coming from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Herman Kessler and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Mann, Sprague; Mrs. Julia Mann, Ritzville; Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Ottmar and Mrs. George Winkler, Kennewick; Mr. and Mrs. John Ottmar, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hartford and the Rev and Mrs. William Glaeser, Harrington.” (scrapbook item)


Witt, Wesley Thomas,  (added) “Wesley Thomas Witt. Died: 1-04-1977.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.”  (Lincoln Co Health burial card)  “Wesley Thomas Witt, 28, died at the Veterans Hospital in Spokane on Jan 4, 1977.  He is survived by his wife, Maxine, one son, Brian, two step-children, Dennis and Cheryl, all at the family home in Odessa; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Witt, Odessa; two brothers, Dean and Kenneth Witt, both of Odessa; one sister, Mrs. Loraine Sanders, Salem, OR; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Friday from the UCC, Odessa, Rev Everett Schoessler officiating. Sacred selections at the service were ‘Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us’ and ‘Does Jesus Care’, sung by Gale Salo, Delbert Cook, Wallace Weishaar and Delmar Kirstein. Organist was Delores Cook. Casket bearers were Ron Jantz, Rick Walter, Gary Schmierer, Jon Heimbigner, Gary Floether and Larry Lobe. Honorary bearers were Gale and Gary Braun and Larry Raugust. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Military graveside service was at the Odessa Cemetery followed by dinner at the church for family and friends. Wesley Witt was a 1966 graduate of Odessa High School. He was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters and the United Congregational Church. He had retired from the US Air Force.” (Odessa Record: 1-13-1977)  



Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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