Marilyn Witteman

Marilyn Elizabeth Witteman, 73, Mohall, died Sunday, July 6, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

She was born May 15, 1941, to Joseph Loftur and Thorbjorg Sophia “Sophie” (Arneson) Einarson, on the family farm near Bantry. She grew up on the family farm and contracted polio at an early age. After surgery, and spending six weeks in a body cast, she was able to recuperate and attend school in Bantry and Upham. She graduated from Upham High School in 1960.

Marilyn married Stanley A. Witteman on July 9, 1960, at Melankton Lutheran Church, Upham. They made their home near Mohall where Stan farmed the family farm, and later, also started a tax preparation business. Together, they started a family of four children: Jay, Vonda, Susan and Mitchell.

In addition to being a mother of four and a farmwife, Marilyn started a cottage business in the family basement on the farm. After some remodeling, rearranging and the purchase of a kiln, the Kountry Kiln was born. Soon, a separate building was constructed on the farm to house the ceramic shop and the income tax business.

After a lightning strike in July 1975 that burned the family ranch-style house to the ground, the family moved to a home within the city limits of Mohall. The newly constructed building on the farm was also moved to the new site in Mohall. Stan retired from farming and concentrated on his tax business and assisted Marilyn with the ceramic shop.

In 1991, Marilyn began working at Midwest Telemarketing International (MTI) in Mohall. She worked in many capacities until retiring, after 20-plus years, as a supervisor and quality control manager. Her husband, Stanley, died Sept. 7, 2009.

Marilyn was a member of the United Methodist Church, Mohall, served as Democratic chair for District 6, and was a former member of the Jayceettes, the Order of Eastern Star and the Prairie Rose Ceramic Association. She enjoyed ceramics, knitting, attending her grandchildren’s activities, playing bingo and Words with Friends and watching Minnesota Twins games.

Family: daughters, Vonda (Craig) Schmidt and Susan (Todd) Schoenberg, Mohall; son, Mitchell Witteman, Mohall; grandchildren, Amy (fiancee, Thomas Johnson) Schmidt, Steven Schmidt, Kaitlyn Schoenberg and Becca Schoenberg, all of Mohall; sister-in-law, Nyla Switlick, Bismarck; nieces, Angela (Thomas) Roddy, Atlanta, Ga., and Michaelanne “Cale” Jones, Bismarck; nephew, William Montgomery “Monte” Jones, Bismarck; grandnephew and grandnieces, Christopher Mohl, Bismarck, Jasmine Cato, Miami, Fla., and Zoe Roddy, Atlanta, Ga.

Marilyn was preceded in death by: her parents; son, Jay Mitchell Witteman; and her husband.

Funeral: Thursday, July 10, at 11 a.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, Mohall.

Burial: Mohall Community Cemetery, Mohall.

Family Service: Today at 8 p.m. at the church.

Visitation: Today from noon to 6 p.m. at Brose Funeral Home, Mohall.