From the Chatsworth Plaindealer
MAY 2, 1940
Francis Joseph Wittler died at his home in Chatsworth Friday (April 26) afternoon at 4:30 o'clock following a long illness. He had been bedfast for the past eight months.
Funeral services were held Monday forenoon at 9:30 o'clock, in Saints Peter and Paul's church, conducted by Revs. P. Markey and C.J. Williams. Burial was in St. Patrick's cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers were John Brosnahan, Henry Wisthuff, P.A. Koerner, Albert King, T.P. Kerrins and Clarence Strawn. The active casket bearers were C.E. Kohler, M.D. Klug, Herb Nimbler, Andrew Eby, Dan Donovan and Arthur Culkin.
He was the only son of George and Helena Wittler and was born on a farm 2 miles north and one half mile west of Chatsworth, Nov. 28, 1870. He was married December 26, 1907, to Miss Stella Moore and had lived his entire life in Chatsworth, where he followed the carpenter trade. Five children were born to the couple, one dying in infancy, the living being Mrs. Marjorie Kibler, of Mattoon; Mrs. Helen Whittaker, of Cullom; Miss Billie Wittler, student nurse in Michael Reese hospital in Chicago and Joseph Jr., at home. He also leaves his wife, one sister, Mrs. Sam Stadler and two grandchildren, also Robert Walker, who had made his home with the family for twelve years, since he was four years of age.
He had been in poor health for two years and bedfast since August 12. He had been a member of the fire department for about 33 years, until ill health forced his retirement last summer. The members of the company attended the services in a body.
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