Virgil Marion Witte

Virgil Marion Witte

  • Funeral Date: 8/02/15
  • Funeral Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Date of Birth: 3/17/21
  • Date of Death: 7/18/15
  • Funeral Location: St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Northfield

Virgil Marion Witte, 94, of Northfield died early Saturday morning July 18 at Three Links Care Center in Northfield, MN, after a short illness.

Funeral Services will be held at St Peter’s Lutheran Church, Northfield, MN on Sunday, August 2 at 1:30 pm. Visitation will be at 12:30 pm at the church.

Virgil Witte was born at home on March 17, 1921, on a farm outside Rockwell, Iowa, to Albert and Mary Witte. He graduated from Rockwell High School in 1939 and proudly served in the US Army during World War II on Kodiak Island in Alaska and in the Po River Valley in Italy. After the war, he attended the University of Iowa, studying Forestry, and later worked for the US Forest Service in Idaho and Washington State.

Moving to southern California in the early 1950s, he met a young woman from Northfield, Ordell Olson. Members of their church played matchmaker and they were married on August 30, 1953, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. They made their home in California where their daughters Carol and Nancy were born. The family moved back to Northfield in 1958, where their son Paul was born. Virgil was employed at St. Olaf College and the Twin Cities Milk Company in Farmington, before working for Carleton College as a custodian for 15 years. Virgil and his late wife, Ordell, were active in the community and in his church for many years after his retirement. He sang in the St Peter’s Church Choir and the Northfield Troubadours, and acted in Northfield Arts Guild Productions.

In his late retirement, he lived independently in his own home until the last three months of his life. He enjoyed long daily walks, lunches at the Northfield Senior Center and frequent visits to the Northfield Library. He was a loving husband, father, and doting grandfather. He was a deeply religious man, faithful member of St Peter’s Lutheran Church, His strong faith in the love and forgiveness of Jesus was central to his life. He was a homegrown poet, calligrapher, and artist, as well as a lover of music and theater, but he was most at home in the garden and the woods – passions he communicated to his children and grandchildren.

Virgil is survived by his brother Orville Witte of Rockwell, Iowa; daughters, Carol Witte (husband Winston Cavert) of Minneapolis and Nancy (husband Mike) Carriel of Northfield; son Paul Witte of Northfield; grandchildren Elspeth and Johan Cavert, Ethan Witte, and Casey Carriel; and many cousins, nephews and nieces.

Many thanks to the wonderful staff at Three Links Care Center for the loving care he received during his final three months of life.

Memorials are preferred to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (418 East Sumner St, Northfield, MN), Community Action Center of Northfield (1651 Jefferson Parkway Suite HS-200, Northfield, MN) Arrangements are with the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.

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