Edward “Eddie” Julius Witt, 76, Wausau, passed away on June 26, 2021, while under the care of Mount View Care Center in Wausau.
He was born on January 31, 1945 in the city of Wausau, son of the late George and Rosaline (Maas) Witt. He graduated from Wausau High a year early in 1962. After high school, Eddie joined the Army and was active military for four years. He was stationed in various places including Germany where he worked on radar equipment. After his service, he returned to Wausau and attended the University of Wisconsin – Marathon Campus for two years. After college, he began working at Connors where he was the treasurer of the union. During his employment at Connors, he met the love of his life, Mary Victoria Patnode (Vachowiak). They fell in love and were married on May 19, 1979 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wausau.
Eddie and Mary lived in Wausau where they both worked at Connors and where their families resided. Eddie and Mary shared a step-daughter, Joan.
When Eddie was a child, he learned his love of woodworking from his father, George. Together they built a grandfather clock. After his retirement, he built various pieces of furniture including a murphy bed, trundle bed, jewelry boxes and various other items. He also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, Sudoku, number crossword puzzles and various logic games. Eddie built model airplanes and was a member of the Wausau RC Sportsmen Club. He was a tag-along traveler with his wife, Mary. Their travel destinations included Chicago’s’ Navy Pier, the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, MN, a cruise to San Juan Puerto Rico & surrounding islands, New York City to see Grand Central Station, the Statue of Liberty and a boat cruise of famous bridges and a short stint with sloths in Portland, Oregon with Joan and Ashley.
Edward is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary; aunt, Betty Schuett of Watertown; sister, Wanda Lyon of Wausau; step-daughter, Joan Balfanz of Waukegan, IL; step-grandchildren, Ben (Schaleen) Garfield of Red Wing, MN; Ashley Garfield of Waukegan, IL; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Norm and Carol Vachowiak of Arlington, VA, Beverly (Jim) Searvogel of Waupun, WI, Emily and Al Zimmerman of Wausau, WI, Marcia Blaschka and Robert of Marshfield, WI, Karen and Delano Kroeplin, Sr. of Stanley and many nieces and nephews (23), great-nieces and nephews (37) and great-great nieces and nephews (26).
No services will be held at this time. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Helke Funeral Home of Wausau is assisting the family.
The family is grateful for the dedicated staff of Mount View Care Center in Wausau for the excellent care they gave to Eddie.