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Obituary for Lena M. (Wittmershaus) Morris

Lena M. (Wittmershaus) Morris

Lena Marie (Wittmershaus) Morris, 89, of Bangor, died Monday, December 6, 2010, at Mulder Health Care Facility, West Salem.
Lena was born July 17, 1921, in Marklohe, Germany, to August W. and Luise (Meyer) Wittmershaus.  Her family came to America in August of 1924, along with her brother, Gus, who was 16 months old.  They came to Bangor as they were sponsored by her father's uncle, Wilhelm "Bill" Wittmershaus, who was a farm laborer living near town.  Lena could only speak German when she started school.  She became a member of St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church in Bangor where she was also confirmed, later married, and also served on the ladies aid and in various other capacities.  Lena graduated in 1938 from Bangor High School.  Her parents became U.S. citizens in September of 1941.  Lena and her brother, Gus, thought they were automatically citizens but found out after WWII started that they were not.  She then had to file for citizenship and Gus got his when he was in the service.  In 1945, Lena and her friend, Eunice Schaller, bought the Bangor Cafe from Dick Stetzer and ran it together for about a year or so.  They then sold it to Ed and Evelyn Arentz.  On February 14, 1946, she married David F. Morris.  They built their house at 1511 Lincoln Street in Bangor in the early 1950s and had three sons, David L., James H., and Mark A. Morris.  Lena's husband preceded her in death in October of 1956, leaving her with three young boys to raise alone.  She took them on trips to Gettysburg, the Dakotas, and Montana.  Lena later had a dress shop in Bangor for a couple of years before going to work at Webster Lumber in Bangor for nine years.  For the next ten years, she finished her working career at Lakeview Health Center in West Salem.  Lena enjoyed her flowers, gardening, dancing, and going to the casino, and was also an avid bowler.  She was fortunate to have visited relatives in Germany six times with her mother and siblings.  Lena will always be remembered for greeting people with her favorite expression "What's cookin'?".
Survivors include her son, David L. (Janet) Morris of Whitehall, Wis., and their daughter, Megan (Sam) Link of Allen, Wis., and great-grandson, Mason Link; her daughter-in-law, Rosalind Laraway of La Crosse and her children, Lindsay Morris (special friend, Karsten Olson) of Madison, Wis. and Dylan (fiance, Kathryn Claffey) Morris of Charlotte, N.C.; her sister, Helen (Haack) Elsen of Bangor; two sisters-in-law, La Rayne Wittmershaus of Sparta, Wis. and Barbara Wittmershaus of Bangor; special friends, Berdine (Gene) Freit of Bangor, Eleanor Elsen of West Salem, and Bernadine (Larry) Wehrs of Bangor; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and dear friends.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, James in June, 2006, and Mark in June, 2008; her parents; her siblings, Gus, Art, and Bob Wittmershaus, Irene (Rod) Staples, and Ruth Wittmershaus; and two brothers-in-law, Jack Haack and Harold Elsen. 
Funeral services will be Friday, December 10, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church, 401  16th Ave. No., Bangor.  Rev. Roy Hefti will officiate.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.  Friends may call at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Hwy 162 and Hattan St., Bangor, on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.  Memorials may be given to St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church, Bangor, the Alzheimer's Association, or the American Cancer Society.  Online condolences may be sent at
The family would like to especially thank Mulder Health Care Facility for all the care that was given to Lena.