Roberta J. Witte

    Roberta Jean "Berta" Witte, 54, Ohio City, Ohio, passed away at 4:08 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
    Berta was born Thursday, Sept. 24, 1959, in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of the late Ivan Charles and Jessie Marie (Cousino) Eckhart. 
    She married Robert "Rob" Witte May 18, 1991; he survives.
    Berta attended Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends. She loved the outdoors and gardening and spending time at NASCAR races with her husband. She loved driving her 1967 Camaro Convertible and motorcycle riding.
    Berta was a self-employed housekeeper; and had formerly been employed by Golden Meadows Home in Decatur.
    Surviving are two sons, Robert (Tesh) Thompson-Witte of Monroe and Jim (Stephanie) Eckhart of Beebe, Ariz.; two daughters, Starr (Adam) Bell of Decatur and Doneyelle (Justin) Taylor of Fort Wayne; five sisters,  Jackie (Bill) Alberding, Patti Smeal and Elaine (Tom) Hall, all of Decatur, Margaret Lockwood and Darlene (Jay) Bowman, both of LaSalle, Mich. and Karen (Al) Lawson of Payne, Ohio; three brothers, Chuck (Sue) Eckhart of Decatur, Tim (Donna) Eckhart of Vera Cruz and Joe (Deb) Eckhart of Convoy, Ohio; father and mother-in law, Herman and Joyce Witte of Decatur; 11 grandchildren, Eric and Jessica Eckhart; Jaycee and Jax Taylor; MaCenzie, Seth and Chase Thompson-Witte; and Aeriana, Brad, Braiden and Allie Bell.
    Preceding Roberta in death was one brother, Terry Eckhart.
    Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Phil Phifer officiating. 
    Interment will follow in the Decatur Cemetery.
    Friends will be received from 1-4 and 5-8 p.m. Friday at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, and one hour prior to the service at the church Saturday.
    Preferred memorials are to Zion Lutheran Church or donor's choice.