In Memory of Carolyn Marie Witter

Carolyn Marie Witter
Carolyn Marie Witter
Born: October 21, 1939
Died: February 4, 2018
Age: 78
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Carolyn Marie Witter
October 21, 1939 - February 4, 2018
From: Denison, IA | Originally: Battle Creek, IA

Carolyn Marie (Hanks) Witter, age 78, of Denison, Iowa, (formerly of Battle Creek, Iowa) passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, of Omaha, NE.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Reverend Kevin J. Freese will officiate; with Committal Services following in the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church, of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Carolyn Marie (Hanks) Witter was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on October 21, 1939, to Julius Hanks and Gertrude (Jacobsen) Hanks. Later the family moved to Battle Creek, Iowa, where Carolyn received her education at the Battle Creek High School graduating with the class of 1957. She continued her education in Cherokee, Iowa, at Western Iowa Tech where she earned her LPN license. Carolyn worked at Willow Dale Care Center where she retired after 25 years of faithful service.

Carolyn enjoyed spending time with family and making memories. She also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, reading, and a good competitive game of cards was never out of the question especially when there were enough players for Shanghai.

Carolyn was blessed with 5 children: sons Donald Witter and his wife April of Mc Gill, NV, Ronald Witter and his wife Stacy of Kingsley, IA; daughters Darla Rosenau and her husband John of Kiron, IA, Carol Mitchell and her husband Roy of Mountain Home, ID and Vicki Witter of Council Bluffs, IA; not to mention 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren all of whom she loved and adored greatly.

Left to cherish her memory include her 5 children; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 3 siblings Kenneth Hanks and wife Phyllis of Rapid City, SD, Phillip Hanks of New Braunfels, TX, Darlene Zoch and husband Earl of Arthur, IA; and special friend Gerald Pallesen.

Carolyn was proceeded in death by her parents Julius and Gertrude Hanks; daughter Cynthia Witter; and sister-in-law Mary Ann Hanks.

Her children would like to include a special message in remembrance of their loving mother…. Mom was an outstanding mother. She was caring, compassionate and supportive. She was just as proud of her children as her children were of her. Thank you for all that you have done to support and protect us.


10:30 a.m, Wednesday
February 7, 2018

First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Rev. Kevin J. Freese


Tyler Rosenau
Christopher Mitchell
Dillon Carrier
Dakota Carrier
Neil Bjorholm
Russ Willis

Honorary Pallbearers
Denison Care Center Staff


9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Mary Jo Watson, Pianist

Congregational Hymns
"Amazing Grace"
"The Old Rugged Cross"

Recorded Selection
"When I Get Where I'm Going" by Brad Paisley


Mt. Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 11:23 AM
“Don and family, I am sorry to hear about your mom. Carolyn was an amazing person. How she lived her life shows in her children and grandchildren. A lady that will be truly missed but not forgotten.”
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10:12 AM
- Larry paeper
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10:12 AM
“So sorry to hear about Carolyn. May she RIP in GOD'S eternal love. Sincere condolences to all the family. ”
- Mareta Vermeys
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 3:55 PM
“Dear Family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I am keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers. I still remember her running the concession stand at the softball field with her special smile. She will be greatly missed!”
- Christian Corbin
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 3:25 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Darla and family, God speed Carolyn, Rest In Peace.”
- Jim & Colette Rosenau
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 9:18 AM
“Carolyn was a wonderful woman and could make anyone laugh and smile. She let those who she cared for know and never took anyone for granted. She will be missed dearly.”
- Mariah Rios
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 8:52 AM
“I'm so very sorry to learn of Carolyns passing. She was a good kind lady.”
- Fern Krayenhagen
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