Florence Evelyn Wittwer


Florence Evelyn Wittwer, 97, left this world in peace on April 13 in the home of and under the loving care of her daughter Heidi. Florence was born in Eau Claire, Wis., Sept. 25, 1920, and was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Stanley, in 2009. Florence’s parents immigrated to America from Switzerland.

She is survived by her sons Curtis (Kay) of Madison, Wis., Stuart (Karen) of Portland, Ore., her daughters Cathy Coe (Dennis) of Appleton, Wis., Heidi Wittwer (Dick Cough) of Bar Harbor, her six grandchildren Heather, Jason, Travis, Keera, Scott and Lisa, her 10 great-grandchildren and her AFS daughter Marie Christine Barjou, France.

Florence touched many lives and maintained her great wit and sense of humor right up to her death. She was a gifted listener but wasn’t afraid to speak up in defense of others who didn’t have a voice of their own. She was a very independent woman and a quiet pioneer of women’s rights, civil rights and the environment. Before retiring to Arizona with her husband in 1979, Florence was the publicity chairman for the local garden club and wrote a column for the Manitowoc Herald Times, which she was very proud of. She was also very active in both the Manitowoc and Scottsdale United Methodist churches.

If Florence had a legacy, it was to “pay it forward” her whole life, a saying not even around until recently. She treated everyone with respect and dignity and welcomed all into her home.

In honor of her legacy, the family requests in lieu of flowers or donations that you do something kind for someone else.

Know when to pay your respects.