Karen Wittman, 77, passed away peacefully at her home on October 23rd, 2023, surrounded by her family, after a brief, courageous battle with cancer.
Karen was born in Appleton on August 26th, 1946, to Clement and Charlotte (Trantow) Mannebach, and was the 5th of 8 children.
She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Wayne Wittman, on August 24th, 1968, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Appleton, and they remained by each other’s side for the entirety of her life.
Karen devoted her life to her husband, children, grandchildren and her home. She was the architect and host of countless traditional large family gatherings at her home, where being in the presence of all her family members would always make her most proud.
Karen spent her life raising children and was entrusted with the care of many, as she opened her home to other families, offering low-cost alternatives to child care. Those children became an extended arm of our family, and many of her own children’s childhood friends refer to her, still today, as a second mom.
She was a beautiful, kind, funny, sarcastic, quick-witted, and gentle soul who always put the benefits of others before herself.
She will be greatly missed and forever loved.
Karen is survived by her husband, Wayne and their 3 children, Jodi (Scott) Missall, Stacy Crowe (special friend Aaron), and Scott (Vicky) Wittman, along with her 7 grandchildren, Tyler and Brittany Missall, Ethan and Evan Crowe, and Asa, Jett and Rhodes Wittman.
She is further survived by her siblings Wayne Mannebach, Rosemary Schmitzer, Sandra Vanderloop, Dennis Mannebach (Deb), Philip (Kay) Mannebach and Keith (Darlene) Mannebach, two beloved sisters – in – law, Sandy Mannebach and Argelis “Lee” Mannebach as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, Clement and Charlotte Mannebach, and brothers Gary Mannebach and Richard Mannebach.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Karen on November 20th from 5-7 PM at Wichmann Funeral Home Tri-County Chapel, 1592 S. Oneida St, Menasha.