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 Elizabeth <I>Studebaker</I> Witwer

Elizabeth Studebaker Witwer

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 22 Apr 1909 (aged 79)
South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA
Burial South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA
Plot 26-7-1 West
Memorial ID 69000757 · View Source
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South Bend Tribune, South Bend, Ind., Thurs., Apr. 24, 1909:
"Mrs. Elizabeth Studebaker Witwer
Mrs. Elizabeth Studebaker Witwer passed away at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Kopcsay, 1407 South Michigan Street, at the age of almost 80 years. She had been in poor health all winter, due principally to the inroads of advancing years. Only yesterday she sat up and recognized those about her, although in an extremely feeble condition. She was conscious most of the time today, almost to the hour of death.

Mrs. Witwer was one of the large and noted Studebaker family. She was born May 18, 1829, in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and moved with her parents to Ashland county, Ohio, when young. As a girl she attended a great Dunkard revival meeting in that county and there met a young preacher, Elder George Witwer, of Pennsylvania who fell in love with her. Returning to his home, they continued their courtship by correspondence and later he journeyed back to Ohio in a two-wheeled cart, coming as far west as Indiana and then back overland to his home in Pennsylvania.

In the sixties they moved to Laporte county, this state, where they remained for some time and in 1868 moved to Hamilton, Mo. In 1881 they came to South Bend, which had been Mrs. Witwer's home. For many years they lived at the southeast corner of Prairie avenue and Sample street. Elder Witwer passed away Oct. 1, 1886.

Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Witwer. Nine are living, together with 23 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. The children are Mrs. Kopcsay, George M., and E. C. Witwer, of South Bend; John S. Witwer, of Dallas, Texas; Clem S. Witwer and Mrs. Adah M. Mohler, of Joliet, Ill.; T. W. Witwer, of Chicago; J. Frank Witwer, of Kansas City, Mo.; and Harvey E. Witwer, of Greeley, Col. Besides these children Mrs. Witwer leaves a brother, J. M.Studebaker, Sr., and two sisters, the Misses Maris and Rebecca Studebaker, of this city.

Mrs. Witwer was a devoted member of the Dunkard church and a woman of exceptional Christian qualities. She was a most charming companion and devotedly attached to her large family."

Elizabeth Witwer is also sometimes mentioned in inventories of Rohrbough Cemetery, Caldwell Co., Missouri, where her husband served the Brethren congregation for many years. I believe this is because her name occurs on the small stone of her daughter, Dora. The area has been searched, and there is no other mention of Elizabeth.

  • Created by: Denise Witwer Lahr
  • Added: 27 Apr 2011
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Studebaker Witwer (18 May 1829–22 Apr 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 69000757, citing City Cemetery, South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Denise Witwer Lahr (contributor 47356680) .