Lyndall Jeanne (Hunnings) Wittmer passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital after a valiant six year battle with cancer. Jeanne, as she was known by all, was born 26 July 1944 in Sullivan, Ind., the daughter of Keith and Lyndall (Ferree) Hunnings. Jeanne married Philip Wittmer of Tell City, IN. on June 10, 1966, who survives, having recently celebrated their 53rd anniversary. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sister, Bonnie E. (Hunnings) Andrews (Dennis) of Greenfield, IN, a niece, Olivia E. Andrews of Florence, KY, a nephew, Keith J. Andrews (Janie) of Fishers, IN, an uncle, William J. Ferree of Sullivan, IN, a sister-in-law, Karen C. Wittmer of Tell City; as well as, numerous cousins and grand nieces and nephews.
Jeanne graduated at the top of her class in 1962 from New Haven, Indiana High School. She then earned a BS degree in Business and Math Education from Indiana State University in 1966 and obtained a Master degree in Business Accounting from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Jeanne taught for 33 years at East Noble High School in Kendallville, Indiana. She served as department head for the Business and Practical Arts departments. She also served on several North Central Evaluation teams at various high schools throughout Indiana. She served as a sponsor for several school clubs, including the Business Professionals of America, wherein she had numerous competition winners at regional and state levels in accounting I and II, and accompanied students to the national contests in several states. She always said, “If an East Noble committee was formed, she was a member!” She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa. Jeanne retired from East Noble in July, 1999 and moved to Kokomo and Greentown, Indiana to join her husband whose career relocated him there. Jeanne and her husband then moved to Perry County permanently in 2007. During her career and long after her retirement, she tutored numerous students in math.
Jeanne loved being outdoors, traveling and reading. Her favorite hobbies included yardwork, hiking, water sports, and she even enjoyed spelunking for many years. She very much loved to travel in Europe and Central America. She had s strong interest in politics. She volunteered as a docent at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, was a member of Tri Kappa of Kokomo, and several book clubs, and was a volunteer for the library during the 4-H fair. She had a considerable collection of books. Jeanne also loved cats, so much that she has the ashes of many of her deceased cats in her home.
While in Tell City, she co-chaired the TC’s first-ever Bar-B-Q contest, assisted with the guided trolley tours and creation of the walking tour and trolley tour booklets and traveling slide show during the sesquicentennial year. Together with past distinguished citizen Chris Cail created and ran the Schweizer Fest Wine Garden every year until 2008. Jeanne was a board member of the Perry County Community Foundation board of directors where she worked with community grants and scholarships. She also served on the Community Foundation’s “Nine County Alliance Board”, where they promulgate regulations for the surrounding nine counties. She has been a Tell City Historical Society member and board member since shortly after moving here in 2007 and was the Society treasurer for five years. For the society she has arranged fall trips and for special displays such as the Indiana Disasters, and was principal in planning and running the very successful “Titanic Dinner.”
Jeanne and her husband are both “Friends Of The Library”, help set-up and tear-down the Schweizer Fest grounds every year, volunteer and work with their political party, are members of the Perry County Humane Society, had participated in the “Clean-Up Main Street” project, have both been members of the “Quality Of Life” committee where they participated in creating and running the New Year’s Eve Silvesternact Celebration. They are both members of the Hoosier Heights Country Club, where they participated in various projects, and have participated in the Relay For Life events, as she had been battling cancer herself. Together with her husband, they were awarded the honor of being the 2017 Tell City Distinguished Citizens.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home with burial in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Tuesday, August 27 and from 11 am to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tell City Historical Society.