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Edward "Ed" Szitta

February 28, 1953 — January 10, 2022

Edward “Ed” W. Szitta, age 68, of Marathon, was welcomed into eternal life free from pain on Monday, January 10, 2022, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

He was born on February 28, 1953, in Antigo, son of the late Ernest and Caroline (Wildman) Szitta. On May 19, 1979, he married Joanne Knaak in Birnamwood.  She survives.

Ed worked as a tool and die maker at Marathon Electric from 1973 until his retirement in 2018.  He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.  He was very involved in the Boy Scouts of America and was a former Assistant Scoutmaster and member of the Order of the Arrow.  Ed enjoyed spectator racing at the State Park Speedway and Merrill ice drags.  He loved to work on his grandfather’s antique tractor and going to antique tractor shows.  He was also a member of the International Cockshutt Club, Inc.  His pastimes included bowling, playing Sheepshead, feeding the birds, and working in his vegetable garden.  He loved to watch sports – especially the Packers, Brewers, NASCAR, the Badgers and Marquette.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne Szitta of Marathon; one son, Timothy Szitta of Madison; two sisters, Gail (Pete) Hable of Ringle, and Barbara Szitta of Wausau; brother and sister-in-law Dennis (Pat) Knaak of Birnamwood; sister-in-law Judy Draeger of Wausau and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law Reinhart (Dorothy) Knaak and brother-in-law Alan Draeger.

Visitation will be held from 10:30 A.M. until 11:30 A.M. on Sunday, January 16, 2022, at the Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St. Wausau.  There will be a time to share memories at 11:30 A.M.  Private burial will be on Monday at Forest Cemetery in Birnamwood.

The family would like to thank Dr. Jabbour and all of the caring staff at the Aspirus ER and Cardiac ICU.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

10:30 - 11:30am (Central time)

Helke Funeral Home and Cremation Service

302 Spruce St, Wausau, WI 54401

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