Martha S. Witte, age 96, formerly of Monroe, passed away after a brief illness in San Diego, California on October 19, 2019. Martha was born April 2, 1923 in River Forest, Illinois, the 6th of 9 children of Frank W. Swett and Myrtelle Rogers Swett.
Martha went to Oak Park High School in Oak Park, Illinois. She attended Swarthmore College for 2 years, then transferred to the University of Wisconsin—Madison, where she graduated with a B.A. in English literature and met her future husband, the late Dr. Keith Witte of Monroe. After college and during WWII, Martha worked for IBM as a typewriter repair person in Chicago, and then moved to San Francisco and sold hi-fi stereo equipment.
After Keith's medical training, the couple married on December 27, 1952 and settled in Monroe, where Martha was active in the Girl Scouts and the city Park Board. She and Keith traveled extensively in Europe and Africa. While she became a homemaker, she retained a lifelong interest in the world of business. After the couple retired to San Diego, her interests included golf, swimming, and playing bridge. She was an avid reader, an ace worker of crossword puzzles, and an ardent fan of the Tennis Channel.
Martha is predeceased by her parents, siblings, and husband. She is survived by her daughter Eleanor Witte (Stan Hartz) of Westminster, Colorado, and 31 nieces and nephews. There was cremation and a memorial gathering in San Diego. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the San Diego Humane Society.