Helen M. Dittmann

Jan. 4, 1918 - Nov. 15, 2008

Helen M. Dittmann, 90, formerly of Watertown, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. The former Helen Biederman was born Jan. 4, 1918, in Durand, the daughter of Engelbert and Florence (nee Minder) Biederman.

On June 3, 1939, she married William "Bill" Dittmann at St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown. He preceded her in death on March 26, 1986. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in Hartland and Amvets Post 35 Auxiliary. She was a former member of St. Bernardís choir for nine years, never missing a practice.

Helen was a 1935 graduate of Durand High School. She had been employed as a supper club waitress at the Hartland Inn for many years, and she was much loved by the staff and her customers. She was once hailed as the grande dame of Waukesha County waitresses and was particularly remembered for her lighthearted humor and ever-willing smile.

Survivors include her daughter, beloved and faithful caregiver Janet Howey of Minneapolis; two sons, Daniel (Sandra) Dittmann of Watertown and Clarence (Kristine) Dittmann of Dousman; three grandsons, Mark (Deana) Howey, Michael (Mai) Howey and Kyle Dittmann; three great-grandchildren, Kenji Howey, and Kaitlin and Noah Watkins; a sister, Vera Michalsky of St. Paul, Minn.; two brothers-in-law, John (Phyllis) Dittmann and Harold (Barbara) Dittmann of Watertown; two sisters-in-law, Esther (Lewis) Lewis of St. Francis and Dorothy Dittmann of Watertown; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and a sister.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Bernardís Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas Marr officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Memorials to St. Charles Catholic Church in Hartland, St. Bernardís Catholic Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

The family extends a special thank you to all the wonderful staff members and fellow residents at Shorehaven Day Care in Oconomowoc, and to a special caregivers and friends, Barbara King and Amanda Soliz, and the staff of Waukesha Memorial Hospital.