Helen S. “Skeets” Witker, 99, of Lakeside, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Magruder Hospital, Port Clinton. She was born Dec. 13, 1922, in Massillon, the daughter of Ralph and Thelma (Nolan) Snyder. She graduated from Devilibis High School in Toledo, and St. Vincent School of Nursing in Toledo. She married Dr. Jack C. Witker on Jan. 8, 1944, and they moved to Lakeside in 1947 where she has resided ever since.
Helen was a RN at Providence Hospital, retiring in 1992. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marblehead where she was active in the Rosary Society, Catawba Island Club, Port Clinton Yacht Club, Oak Harbor Golf Club, Port Clinton Golf Club, the St. Vincent’s Retired Nurses and her beloved P. E. O. Chapter A.I. Sisterhood which she attended most meetings.
She was a wonderful golfer and one of two remaining charter members (Madge Davids) of the CIC Golferettes, now the Woman’s Golf Club where she had a hole-in-one. Bridge was her other passion and she played into her 90’s until her eyesight changed. Her family and religion were everything to her. She never missed any parties.
Surviving are her children: Cheryl (John) Kocher of Catawba Island, David (Dana) Witker of Estero, Fla., Wendy (Dave) Stahanczyk of New Albany; grandchildren: Eric (Jill) Kocher, Gretchen (Dave) Kocher Klotz, Brad (Amy) Kocher, Kelly Daughenbaugh Yocum, Brett (Stacey) Daughenbaugh; step-grandchild: Garreth Steen; great-grandchildren: Julia Kocher, Audra Kocher, Rachel Kocher, Justin Klotz, Kylie Klotz, Thomas John Kocher, Lindsay Kocher, Jack Kocher, Ashley Yokum, Alexis Yokum, Jaxon Daughenbaugh; great-great grandchild: Beau Page and sister Jacqueline McClain of Canton. She was preceded in death by her husband, daughter: Jacquie (Ralph) Daughenbaugh; sisters: Jeannie Betteker and Betty Snyder.
Visitation was held Monday Aug. 8, at Neidecker, Crosser & Priesman Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Peninsula Chapel, 7755 E. Harbor Rd. Lakeside-Marblehead. Parish Altar Rosary Services were conducted in the funeral home. A Funeral Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Joseph Szybka, Fr. James Brown and Fr. Dan Ring Tuesday, Aug. 9, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 822 Barclay, Marblehead. Interment followed in St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery. A Celebration of her life followed at Catawba Island Club. Memorial contributions may be given to Danbury Township Fire Department, 9551 E. Harbor Rd. Lakeside-Marblehead, OH 43440 or Magruder Hospital Foundation, 615 Fulton St. Port Clinton, OH 43452. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.neiedeckercrosserpriesman.com.