Maxine M. DeWitt, 96, of Tomah passed away Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at the Serenity House, with family by her side.

Maxine was born July 30, 1921, to Alfred and Agnes (Kortbein) Huber at home and graduated from Wilton High School in 1939. She was united in marriage to Clarence “Kelly” DeWitt May 17, 1942. The pair started their life together in the Wilton/Norwalk area, before settling into a home that Kelly built in the town of Tomah in 1951. Maxine was a faithful member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she was member of the Esther Mission Circle. She was also a dedicated member of the Tomah Hospital Auxiliary. In her spare time, Maxine enjoyed quilting, gardening and baking cookies with her daughter, Debbie. She also loved traveling with Kelly in their RV, which included several trips out West.

Maxine was a loving mother to the late, Doug (Judi) DeWitt, Kathy (Gerald) Knutsen of Chippewa Falls, Wis., Deborah of Tomah, Karyl Lynn Bruckner of Madison, Wis., and Dawn (Jim) Spence of Tomah.

Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Krista (Randy) Groth and children, Maddisen and Blake; Michelle (Todd) Tucker and son, Gabe; Gregg (Lynda) Knutsen and children, Jacob, Cade and Taylor; Luke (Ashley) Bruckner; Adam (Katie) and children, Molly and Ellery; Kara (Jay) Elsen and children, Sophie and Finley Maxine; and Ben (Michelle) and children, Alex, Gavin, and Jacen; all brought her great joy. Maxine is also survived by her sister, Norma Jean Rischette; sister-in-law, Audrey (John) Ferris; all her special nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to her husband, Kelly, and son, Doug, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Vicki; her brother, Kenneth Huber; sister, Joyce and her husband, Bob Bleck; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim Rischette, Violet and Eston Major, Carroll and Velda DeWitt, Jack DeWitt, Garnet and Merel Brookman and Jappy and Caroline DeWitt.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 525 Superior Ave., in Tomah. Pastor Curt Backhaus will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Grove Memorial Garden.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at St. Paul Ev. Church.

The Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to


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