Thomas R. Bittner, 77
May 9, 1939
Feb. 5, 2017

Thomas R. Bittner, 77, years of West Bend, passed away Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at Aurora Medical Center of Hartford.

Thomas was born May 9, 1939, in Fond du Lac to Raymond and Ruth (nee

Hughes) Bittner. He was raised in Waupun and graduated from Waupun High School as class president 1957. He then graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1961 with a teaching degree. Tom was a teacher in Colorado, California and Neenah. Tom was a reading specialist, forensic and drama coach at Silverbrook Middle School until his retirement. He was awarded Middle School Teacher of the Year for his excellence in teaching, his work in drama and forensics and his dedication to the children he taught. He loved to watch plays, listen to classical music, watch old movies, and also enjoyed collecting political buttons. Tom was an extremely caring, patient and loving person who found the positive aspect in everyone and all situations. He was always focused on helping others when he could. Tom was a member of Fifth Avenue Methodist Church of West Bend.

Tom is survived by his sister, Jane (Michael) Steinke, and significant other, Karen Scharinger. He is further survived by his nieces, Amy Steinke and Rachel Steinke, great-nieces and nephews, Brooke, Brayden, Brent, Peyton, Colin, Nick, Mackenzie, Christian, Quinn and Mason; and many close friends, co-workers and neighbors. He was preceded in death by his parents and great-niece, Brianna.

A memorial service will be at noon Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Fifth Avenue Methodist Church (323 S. Fifth Ave., West Bend) with the Rev. Clarissa Martinelli presiding. Visitation will be at the church only Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. until the time of service (noon). Memorials are appreciated to the Parkinson Association (2819 W. Highland Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208) or the charity of your choice.

A Special Thank You to Karen Scharinger for her loving and caring relationship with Tom through the years, John and Jane Taylor, Jim and Barb Sperschneider and many others. We apologize for not being able to mention everyone, there are too many! He loved and respected you all!

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family:

262-338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.