Mary Jo Wittstruck


August 7, 1950 - October 26, 2016


Mary Jo Wittstruck was born in Madison, SD on August 7, 1950 to Harold and Marie (Bode) Gosmire.  Mary Jo graduated from Canova High School in 1968, and then attended Nettleton Commercial College in Sioux Falls. She was employed for 22 years at the Delaney Clinic in Mitchell and finished her career working her dream job as secretary/bookkeeper at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish for the past 16 years. In August of 1973 she married Gary Faber, with Gary passing away in November of 1998. She married Kenneth Wittstruck in July of 2002.

She is survived by her husband, Kenny; 4 siblings: Phyllis (Rich) Schager, LuAnn (Bill) Thommes, Ted Gosmire, and Kathy (Charlie) Zens; brothers-in-law, Dwight Wittstruck and Reginald "Shorty" (Kathy) Faber; sister-in-law, Linda Thompson, uncle, Howard Powers and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband and her mothers and fathers-in-law.


Memorials may be directed to the Holy Spirit Catholic Parish.


Sunday, October 30, 2016
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Scripture and Rosary Service ~ 6:00 PM
1401 West Cedar Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, October 31, 2016
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 West Cedar Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery
Howard, South Dakota

Posted by Janice (Gassman) Holloway on November 13, 2016
Kenny I am so sorry to hear of Mary Jo's passing. I have so many fond memories of our youth days on the farm. Last time I saw Mary Jo she stopped by to see my dad. She was so kind and soft spoken and had a smile of comfort. May God Bless you all.
Posted by sharon daniels (feldhaus) on November 10, 2016
I haven't seen Mary Jo in many years, but she and I were in the same class at St. Agatha School in Howard, South Dakota. We were good friends and occasionally spent the night at each other's home. She helped with the milking at my house and I helped with the milking at her house. I'm very sorry to hear of her passing and send my condolences to her family. She was a very kind person.
Posted by Bill Feller on November 3, 2016
Sincere condolences to all of Mary Jo's family. I just heard of her passing, sorry that I was not able to attend any services. Mary Jo was a classmate at St Agatha, was thoughtful enough to remember and come to Howard when my dad passed away not so long ago.
Posted by Randen Olson on October 31, 2016
I'm very sorry to hear of my cousin Mary Jo's passing. I'll always cherish the times my family shared with our Gosmire kin in South Dakota back in the 60s. Mary Jo and her siblings made quite an impression on their city kid cousins, showing us around their farm and taking us along on adventures that in retrospect had more to do with work then the play it seemed at the time. When four of my cousins, including Mary Jo, visited my folks in Florida recently, I dearly wished I could have been there. Oh to be able to turn back time. To Ken and the rest of the family, my deepest sympathies at your loss. Know that you are in my thoughts, and much love to you all.
Posted by Kay Shafer on October 31, 2016
Our sympathies to the families of Mary Jo in her passing, she was a warm hearted always smiling lady.

We slso realize the Holy Spirit Rectory staff will miss her too, I send my condolences to them also.

Prayers for Mary Jo & to all who knew & loved her
Posted by Bill and Kayla Partykula on October 31, 2016
My cousin Mary Jo will always have a special place in my heart and memories. To Kenny and the family, we're praying the Lord will surround you with His peace beyond understanding and with His comforting arms to strengthen you during this difficult time. Sending our love to all, Kayla and Bill
Posted by Jeff and Mary Olson on October 30, 2016
Our love and prayers to Kenny and family. Jeff remembers his cousin, Mary Jo, with great admiration for the skills she had on the farm when he and his family would visit in the 60's. Jeff tells me often about those visits with great fondness. Wishing peace and comfort to you all.
Posted by Natalie on October 30, 2016
My thoughts are with you in your time of grief. May God be a source of strength and comfort
at this difficult time. Also, the loving memories of Mary Jo will bring you comfort and peace.
2Corinthians 1:3,4
Posted by Kyle and Sherri Olson on October 29, 2016
We were so happy to have had the opportunity to visit with Mary Jo when she was in Florida.
What a wonderful person. Rest in peace...Mary Jo..!!
Posted by Ray & Rita Maki on October 29, 2016
We''ll all miss a dear relative. As a memorial gift, in lieu of flowers we sent a check to the New Testament Church and Mission. They teach the word of God, feed many homeless people, and even provide some housing.
Posted by Cathy & John Cordell on October 29, 2016
She was such a kind woman. Our sincere sympathy.
Posted by Joan Honomichl on October 28, 2016
Kenny and Mary Jo's family; We have lost a gem of a woman. My heart goes out to you all. She fought the good fight...and won the prize... happiness, health and peace in her Heavenly Home. I will miss her. She has been such a blessing for us.
Posted by Terry & Mary Nutter on October 28, 2016
Mary Jo's family - our sympathies to all the families for your loss. Mary Jo always had a bright & shining friendly face wherever we would meet her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Posted by Jackie (Clark) Christiansen on October 28, 2016
Kenny, I am so sory to hear of MaryJo's passing. Earth has lost an angel, and heaven has gained one. May God bless you with peace and comfort.
Posted by Gregg and Jody Brower on October 27, 2016
To Mary Jo's family ~ You all know what a bright light Mary Jo was to everyone. She was such a wonderful lady. Now she is resting comfortably with the Lord and Angels. God's blessings and prayers to you all at this sad time.
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