Erwin O. Witte, 91
Nov. 30, 1923 -- April 5, 2015

Erwin O. WitteErwin O. Witte was born to eternal life on April 5 at the age of 91 at Harbor Cove in Port Washington. Erwin, who was known as Erv, was born on Nov. 30, 1923, in the town of Grafton, the son of William and Alma Hahn Witte. His family later moved to Waubeka where he attended the local school and church until he moved back to Grafton to work on a farm.

At the age of 22, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served almost two years stateside at the end of World War II.

While in Grafton, Erv met the love of his life, later marrying Marian Tetzlaff on Nov. 15, 1947, at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Lakefield. Both Erv and Marian were proud and grateful to celebrate 67 years together. Their marriage was blessed with a son, Erwin Jr. (Virginia) Witte and two daughters, Diane (David) Robishaw and Nancy (Henry) Freier. Erv was very close to them all. Erv worked at Fromm Laboratory in the town of Grafton for 34 years and was able to happily retire at the age of 60. He lived in Grafton, Cedarburg, West Bend and finally Port Washington. Erv and Marian were able to enjoy traveling to Europe in 1979 and 1983. When Erwin wasn't spending time with his family, he was happiest in the garden. He became especially fond of his hosta garden in Jellystone Park in Fort Atkinson, where he and Marian had a summer home for 19 years.

As the years went by, Ervís family continued to grow. He had seven grandchildren: Stacy (Peter) Becker, Kimberly (Mike) Schmit, Kevin (Melissa) Freier, Cindy (Kahlin) Taylor, Trista Robishaw, Trevor (Kati) Robishaw and Mackenzie Witte. Erv was so proud of his large growing family. He was blessed with 11 great grandchildren: Michael, Bradley, Onnika, Conner, Emma, Claire, Sophia, Brennen, Haeley, Kinslee and Levi. He is also survived by his two sisters, Caroline (late Carl) Wilde and Eleanor (late Ed) Wilde and brother-inlaw, Herm (Doris) Tetzlaff.

Erv was preceded in death by his parents, William and Alma Hahn Witte; brothers, William, Albert, Adolph and Arnold; and his sister, Esther (Clarence) Penkwitz.

He will be missed by so many, but the love he left in all of our hearts will grow for all generations to come.

A celebration of Ervís life was held at St. John Lutheran Church in Grafton, at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Visitation took place prior to the funeral service at St. John Lutheran Church (1193 Lakefield Road, Grafton), from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The Rev. Jim O'Reilly-Christensen officiated the service. Burial of the cremains took place directly after the service at Lakefield Cemetery, Grafton. A lunch was served in the fellowship hall after. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John Lutheran Church are appreciated. For online condolences, please visit