known to family and friends as Penny, passed away in the early morning hours
of Saturday September 26, at Life Care Center of Valparaiso where she had
lived for 21 years.
Penny was born
November 13, 1948, in Valparaiso, IN, to Louella and Leonard Witte, along
with her twin sister Pamela (Evans).
Penny grew up in
Chesterton and was involved in many activities with her family and friends.
She graduated from Chesterton High School in 1966 and attended college at
Purdue North Central off and on during her working life. While living at
LifeCare, Penny attended Ivy Tech and earned a bachelorís degree in
information technology. She was involved in bowling throughout her life, and
held office in the Womenís Bowling Association. She traveled to many
national tournaments and wrote the weekly bowling column in the Michigan
City newspaper. Penny also played softball, and was involved in town
politics for a time. She worked at Jaymar-Ruby, Purdue North Central and was
the administrative assistant to the dean of special education at The
University of Illinois at Chicago. Penny was an avid fan of the Chicago
Bulls, Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs. She loved spending time with her
family, and was very involved with her nieces and nephews as they grew up.
Penny was a source of laughter and fun in the lives she touched, and she
would never hesitate to assert her opinion in the face of opposition.
Penny is survived
by sisters Pamela Evans and Linda Hodges, brother-in-law Dennis Evans, niece
Amy Evans (Williams), nephews Denny Evans, Alex Evans and J.D. Hodges,
cousin Deborah Sinclair and several great-nieces and -nephews.
In lieu of
donations, the family asks that memorials be sent to Life Care Center of
Valparaiso. The family is sincerely thankful to LifeCare for the quality
care and love that was given to Penny every day that she was there.
A celebration of
life will be held at Gelsosomoís Pizza in Chesterton on November 22,
beginning at 12 p.m., where you can come and share your favorite memory of