Margaret J. Witzky

July 18, 1930 ‒ March 06, 2017

Lexington, Ohio

Margaret J. Witzky went to be with the Lord Monday, March 6, 2017 in Ohio Health Hospital surrounded by her family. She was 86.

She was born July 18, 1930 to parents Troy & Gertrude (Gulledge) Loftice in Melissa, Texas. After Margaret graduated from N. Dallas High School, she earned her bachelor’s degree from William Jennings Bryan College with the class of 1951. While at college she met the love of her life Gene E. Witzky and the pair was married August 23, 1951. They shared 65 wonderful years together.

Margaret was also a devoted pastor’s wife for 65 years. She supported Gene in founding the Woodville Grace Brethren Church in Mansfield, Ohio, in his ministries of Grace Brethren Churches in South Bend, Indiana; Pompano Beach, Florida; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Lexington, Ohio; and Cornerstone Grace Brethren in Mansfield. Gene and Margaret have been serving at Woodville Grace Brethren Church for the past few years. Margaret enjoyed teaching in the women’s ministry Bible studies and Sunday School.

Alongside her involvement in the church, Margaret taught public school in South Bend, worked as a secretary for a condo contractor in South Florida, taught in the Christian school and owned and operated Indiana Ostomy Supply Company in Ft. Wayne, worked with her son-in-law at his computer store, helped in administration and was the home school coordinator at Lexington Grace Christian School in Lexington. She also worked at High Stat in Lexington for more than ten years.

Margaret was a loving, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be remembered for her quick wit, her sense of humor, and her ability to reach out to and communicate with anyone she met.  Her husband Gene has said many times that he married the prettiest girl at Bryan College and he intends to chase her all over heaven.

Margaret is survived by her loving husband Gene E. Witzky; children Laurie Brokaw, and Joy (George) McLawhon; grandchildren Gwen Lightfoot, Vance (April) Brokaw, Leah Brokaw, Kyle (Rachel) McLawhon, Ryan (Megan) McLawhon, Rachel (Eddy) Roper; great-grandchildren Alan Meadows, Paul Lightfoot, Cael Brokaw, Quinn Brokaw, Echo Corwin, Katelynn Corwin, Ethan McLawhon, Maggie McLawhon, Ari McLawhon, Teddy McLawhon, Mya Roper, and Jack Roper; and sister Virginia Newby.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Jennifer Hughes; sisters Elizabeth Rich, Oleta Walker, and Nell Kowalchyk; and brothers, Billy Loftice and Robert Loftice.

A memorial service will be held in Margaret’s honor on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 3 p.m. with an hour of calling beginning at 2 p.m. in the Woodville Grace Brethren Church, 580 Woodville Rd, Mansfield, Ohio. Pastor John Jones will be officiating.

For contributions in her memory, make checks payable to Woodville Grace Brethren Church Building Fund and bring to the Church or send to the funeral home.

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  • We were so sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing. But it is wonderful to know that we will see her again. Pastor Witzky, you and Margaret were a very important part of our lives, as we were both saved under your ministry at Grace Brethren Church, Pompano Beach, FL. We speak of that experience often. And Margaret’s laugh was so contagious. I can still hear her at our famous carry in dinners. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family.
    Love in Christ,
    Dave and Susie Geyer

  • We were saddened to hear of Margaret’s passing. May God surround you with his love, comfort, and strength. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

    Randy and Joan Hubler

  • My name is Martha McClarnon.Margaret was my aunt on my mothers side. My mom and she were sisters. With Margaret’s passing I know they are in Heaven laughing it up at all the jokes Margret told on Earth. I am heart sick of her passing . She and I were close and I always enjoyed talking to her.She gave the best hugs.. That is an inherited trait from her side of the family. We always hugged hard,laughed hard etc.
    I will truly miss calling her and talking about everything. She and Uncle Genet introduced me to Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee.Uncle Gene and I will talk in her place. He is great in reassurances and Prayers to our Heavenly Father.
    I am glad she is no longer in pain and that she is with our Heavenly Father in Heaven with her daughter Jennifer,my mother ,and their mother my grandmother.
    God Bless you Witzky family. I’m sorry I couldn’t be with you at the funeral.
    Love ,hugs,and kisses