Evelyn DeWitte


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Posted Online: Nov. 26, 2012, 7:11 pm
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Evelyn DeWitte, 91, formerly of Moline, passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Rock Island Nursing & Rehab Center.
Funeral services will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline. Visitation is from Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Monsignor Dale Wellman, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, will officiate. Burial will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military rites will be conducted by the Moline American Legion, Post 246. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in support of her great-grandson.
Evelyn was born July 21, 1921, in Moline, the daughter of Ellis and Cora Dreyer Wroe. She married August A. DeWitte on June 19, 1947, in Moline. He preceded her in death on March 30, 1968.
Evelyn served her country as a yeoman first class in the Navy during World War II. She was a lifetime member of Sacred Heart Church, Moline, and member of the Moline American Legion Post 246. Evelyn held an Illinois Teacher's Certificate for grades K-12 and special education. She taught at the former St. Mary's School in Moline and later worked in the Procurement Department at the Rock Island Arsenal, retiring in 1987.
In her youth, Evelyn enjoyed playing the piano, but excelled in playing the banjo, while her brother played the violin and her sister played the piano. In college, she minored in the arts. This expanded her interest in painting and wood carving, as well as her continued interest in music. Evelyn enjoyed classical music as well as the big band music of the '50s.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Christina N. and John Herbert, Rock Island; son, Albert E. DeWitte, Rock Island; and daughter, Mary E. DeWitte, Moline; grandchildren, Patrick Herbert, Silvis, Sarah Herbert, Rock Island, Nicole Herbert, Moline, Diane (DeWitte) McNeil, Moline, Thomas DeWitte, Apple Valley, Minn., Chad, Mayla and Darcie DeWitte, Rock Island. There are 11 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Margaret Spaid. In addition to her husband, August, she was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Russell Wroe; sister, Olive Mae (Wroe) Gugelmeyer; four sons, John Russell, Patrick Joseph, Charles August, infant son, Tony; and a daughter, Therese Marie.
The family would like to thank the nurses, and all those who assisted in Evie's care. A special thanks to Naomi Perry who treated Evelyn with the respect and love a daughter would give her own mother, and Genesis Hospice Care. This support helped the family deal with our mother's final days.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.deroofuneralhome.com.












 



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