John R. Bittner

  • Born: December 10, 1926
  • Died: September 25, 2011
  • Location: Chilton, Wisconsin

Wieting Family Funeral Home Inc

411 W. Main Street
Chilton, WI 53014

Tel. (920) 849-4941

Tribute & Message From The Family

John R. Bittner, age 84, of Chilton, died on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at his homestead in Chilton. He was born December 10, 1926 in New Holstein, son of the late John P. & Emma (Nennig) Bittner. John proudly served his country in the United States Army during the end of WWII. Following his honorable discharge, he married Loretta M. Schmitz on June 9, 1949. The couple raised dairy cattle together on the family homestead until 1987 when they retired the cows, but continued to raise crops. Loretta preceded him in death on November 30, 2002. John married Vivian E. Schultz on June 17, 2006 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Chilton. John was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and dedicated countless hours to the Perpetual Adoration Chapel since it was started in 1997. He was a hard worker whose devotion to the farm was only surpassed by his devotion to his family. In all that John did, he strove to make his children's lives better. In his free time, he enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers, playing a game of Sheepshead, Bingo, or going out fishing, hunting or trapping; every year, John looked forward to the Annual Pheasant Hunting Trip to South Dakota. He was a good friend; a person of integrity and honesty (sometimes to a fault) that would get along with anyone. John was always willing to learn something new, or try a new adventure…except jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. His frugalness was legendary; by persistence, he was able to fix nearly anything with just a bit of silicone caulk or duct tape. No matter what circumstances arose in life, John kept his upbeat spirit and positive vision of the future. Survivors include his wife: Vivian; his children: Mary (Joe) Schaefer of Brownsville, Michael (Cindy) Bittner of Oconto, Thomas (Cindy) Bittner of Chilton, James (Teri) Bittner of Wauwatosa, Mark (Lynn) Bittner of Bruce, Paul (Carol) Bittner of Menomonee Falls, Kristine (Kevin) Schreiter of Menasha, Jean (Mike) Bertello of Sherwood, Barbara Bittner and partner, Kathy Tegen of Hilbert; 21 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; a sister: Marie Wozniak of New Holstein; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Lester (Cecelia) Schmitz of Plymouth, Eugene (Mae) Schmitz of Green Bay, John Schmitz of Brookfield, John E. Kelly of Fond du Lac, & Lillian (James) Foote of Fond du Lac. John is further survived by Vivian's 10 children; 32 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife: Loretta; a son: Joseph Bittner; 2 brothers: Francis & Edward Bittner; and 2 sisters: Erma Daun and Armella Bolz. Funeral service will be at 11:30 AM on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (54 E. Main St.) in Chilton with the Rev. Bob Kollath officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Chilton. Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 and on Thursday, at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM. A parish vigil service will be held Wednesday evening at the funeral home at 7:00 PM. The family would like to thank all of the volunteers who assisted them Sunday, especially the members of the first responders and fire department.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Vivian and Bittner Family. We are saddened by the lost of John-husband father and friend. May God be with you in the coming days. We love you, Vivian, and grieve for your loss.

Posted by Will and Kathy Croff - Appleton, WI - friends   September 30, 2011

To Vivian: Our love and condolences go out to you at this very difficult time. We know that you are a strong and faithful person, with loving and kind family members and friends. We know that with their support, you will feel the peace and comfort you need. May God bless you and may you continue to feel His love for you.

Posted by Scott & Linda Hansen - Appleton, WI   September 30, 2011

I am truly very saddened by the tragic and sudden loss of your father. My sorrow to you! It came as such a shock to everyone. My prayers and thoughts are with you all! Also my sympathy to his wife. He was a special person and a very good man. God bless you all!

Posted by Annette (Schmitz) Wilkinson - green Bay, WI - neice, cousin to Bittner kids   September 30, 2011

Our sympathy to the Bittner family. John was a great trapper and made the rounds on our farm.

Posted by art and joyce kopf - chilton, WI   September 29, 2011


Dear Mary and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Please remeber to take care of each other. Love from, MaryAnn

Posted by MaryAnn LaPine - Oakfield, WI - friend of Mary Schaefer   September 29, 2011

What a wonderful family. Hold tight to each other and keep alive the stories and memories you share.

Posted by Amy - De Pere, WI   September 28, 2011

Dear Tom and Cindy:

Sorry to hear of John's death. He was a great person and loved the outdoors. Cherish your memories, as they live on forever.

Posted by Dean and Alice Connors - Chilton, WI - Optimist friend   September 28, 2011

Mary I would like to express my deepest sympathy to you and the rest of your family. Even though words don't fill that empty void right now, know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. You have our sympathy and God Bless all of you. Shirley

Posted by Shirley Schneider - Malone, WI   September 28, 2011

Dear Mike and Cindy and the extend Bittner Family.

I express my deepest sympathy to you and your family.

May you find some comfort in knowing that you are in are thoughts and prayers at this time of your sorrow.

Cherish the memories, he maybe gone but he will always be remembered.
He lives in all of you.

God Bless,

Mark and Gayle Boerschinger

Posted by Gayle Boerschinger - Green Bay, WI - Co worker of Mike Bittner   September 28, 2011

There are people you meet for the first time and you know exactly where they stand" and what they believe in!
John was one of those people. Straight forward, honest, proud and hard working.
A true example of integrity. He also maintained a great sense of humor.
In terms of life's longevity, we new him for a short time.This through his family events that we have been blessed to be a part of. It was certainly long enough to see that a great man has departed this earth. Like many from his time"he was relentless with maintaining a work ethic and loyalty beyond description. He was certainly a proud example for all to follow.

It is people like him who are the backbone of this wonderful country we live in the spirit now left for us all to continue on with.
He will be missed by many.
Our prayers and condolences go the entire family.
May the Lord bless you in your time of sorrow.
Bill & Jeanne Salzwedel

Posted by Bill Salzwedel - Kiel, WI - Friend   September 28, 2011

Dear Mike and Cindy and the Bittner Family,

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. We do share your sorrow and want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Deb and Carl Buchanan

Posted by Deb and Carl Buchanan - Appleton, WI - Friends   September 27, 2011

I will always remember helping to pick up stones in the spring on the farm with the rest of the family in return for being able to bow hunt. It is where we met Mike and Nancy met Cindy at the flower shop. Our condolences to your family and our thoughts and prayers are with you this day and always. Nancy and Norm Brickl

Posted by Nancy and Norm Brickl - Baraboo, WI - friiends of Mike and Cindy   September 27, 2011

Dear Bittner Family
our sincerist sympathy on the death of your father/grandfather John.
We havent seen John since Mark and Lynn were married,but i always
remember him as a kind and good man.YZ

Posted by Myrtle Mandel and Family - Franklin, WI - Inlaws of Mark   September 27, 2011

Mike, Cindy, and all the extended Bittner Family:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Losing a loved one unexpectedly is very hard. I hope everyone can find peace in sharing with each other all the good memories and experiences each has had over the many years of John's life as you comfort each other.

Brad and Donna Froberg

Posted by Brad and Donna Froberg - Green Bay, WI   September 27, 2011

Dear Bittner Family,

I was sad to hear about the death of your father/grandfather. Saying good-bye to someone we love is never easy. Yet, with each passing day, i time, good and happy memories help heal the wound of loss. John left you a legacy of good family values, hard work, and faithfulness. May you take comfort in this.

You will be my thoughts and prayers,

Posted by Frieda Bertello - Oak Forest, IL - Mother-in-law to Jean (Bittner)   September 27, 2011

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

Posted by Roger and Penny Aubut - Oconto, WI, WI - Friends of Mike and Cindy   September 27, 2011

Here at the mill in Ladysmith our thoughts and prayers are with Mark and his family. In good times and bad your friends and co-workers are with you. Remember the good times that you shared with your dad, they will last forever.

Kathy and co-workers

Posted by Kathy Gudis - Ladysmith, WI - Co-worker of Mark   September 27, 2011

Our sympathy to your family. The good memories will always be there to make you smile.

Posted by Shelly and Adam Eichmeier - Hilbert, WI - Friends of Carol and Paul   September 27, 2011


May god bless the Bittner family in this trying time, take heart in the fact that he is in a better place. I enjoyed hunting rabbits with him.
my prayers are with you, God Bless everyone.
Milo Noack

Posted by Milo Noack - Greenleaf, WI   September 27, 2011

John and Loretta treated friends like their own children. A friend of Mike, we countlessly traveled to the farm to hunt deer or ducks or pheasant. We were always welcome and treated like one of their own.

John was a great man and will be missed.

Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by Dennis Hohol - Palatine, IL - Friend of the family   September 26, 2011

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John and Loretta