Born Kathryn Louise Neth in Hannibal, Mo., Kathryn Bittermann passed away in her sleep early Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in her apartment at the Brookdale Assisted Living Center in Bedford, Texas. Born Jan. 26, 1919, she had just turned 98 years old last month.

Born Kathryn Louise Neth in Hannibal, Mo., Kathryn Bittermann passed away in her sleep early Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in her apartment at the Brookdale Assisted Living Center in Bedford, Texas. Born Jan. 26, 1919, she had just turned 98 years old last month.

She was in her teens and working for the telephone company when she met Russell Bittermann, an electrical engineer, at a regional meeting of the Walther League, a youth group of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. They were married in her hometown, Hannibal, Mo., on Aug. 24, 1940, and took up residence in her husband’s birthplace, Joliet, Ill.

She is survived by her four children, Karla Fisher (Roger), John Bittermann, Jim Bittermann and David Bittermann; and her seven grandchildren, Karlene Fisher, Diane Walker, Paul Fisher, Andrew Bittermann, Brad Bittermann, Dr. Tess Bittermann and Alex Bittermann.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on March 17 in Dallas, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 11425 Marsh Lane. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church or the Salvation Army. A memorial service will be held later in the year in Waukegan, Ill. Her final resting place will be next to her husband, Russell, in the North Shore Garden of Memories, North Chicago, Ill. The Lucas Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.