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Wilma Joan Pitsenbarger

April 24, 1929November 19, 2020

Wilma Joan Pitsenbarger, 91, passed into heaven on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date at Our Savior Presbyterian Church in Argo, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Wilma’s name to the Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.

Wilma was born on April 24, 1929 in Eldridge, Iowa to Charles and Florence (Kettleson) Oelerich. She lived on the family farm with her two brothers and four sisters. She graduated from Davenport High in 1948. In 1952, Wilma married Orval Pitsenbarger at Summit Church, and together they had four children, Susan, Karen, Connie, and John.

In her younger years, she enjoyed playing softball through 4-H, where a State Championship was earned. She continued her love of softball as a volunteer coach and organizer along with her husband in Davenport and LeClaire. She volunteered as a girl’s 4-H leader for many years in LeClaire and was a skilled seamstress, in which she created clothes for her family. She always enjoyed family camping, fishing, and traveling vacations. In 1996, she retired from Pleasant Valley School District as a cook and baker, where she was famous for her desserts and cinnamon rolls.

In her retirement years, she enjoyed trailer excursions with her husband to visit friends and family, attend bluegrass festivals, and yearly winter stays in southern Texas.

She was a member of Our Savior Presbyterian Church in Argo. Wilma always cherished times with her children.

Wilma is survived by her children, Susan (Mark) Arrasmith of LeClaire, IA, Karen Baber of Rock Island, IL, and John (Nancy) Pitsenbarger of Maynardville, TN; eight grandchildren, Michelle (Dave) Slotter, Maria (Shawn) Taylor, Nathan Arrasmith, Carrie (Charles) Thayer, Sean (Kathy) Stinson, Alex Ross, Elizabeth (James) Powell, and Matthew (Heather) Pitsenbarger; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters Nora Oelerich & Ruth Ann Fenchel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orval; her parents, Charles and Florence; daughter, Connie (Keighley) Ross; grandson, Matthew Arrasmith; brothers, Melvin and Ralph; and sisters, Betty (Broders), and Lois (LaMarche).

  • FAMILY

  • Charles Oelerich, Father (deceased)
  • Florence (Kettleson) Oelerich, Mother (deceased)
  • Orval Pitsenbarger, Husband (deceased)
  • Susan Arrasmith (Mark), Daughter
  • Karen Baber, Daughter
  • John Pitsenbarger (Nancy), Son
  • Connie Ross (Keighley), Daughter (deceased)
  • Michelle Slotter (Dave), Grandchild
  • Maria Taylor (Shawn), Grandchild
  • Nathan Arrasmith, Grandchild
  • Carrie Thayer (Charles), Grandchild
  • Sean Stinson (Kathy), Grandchild
  • Alex Ross, Grandchild
  • Elizabeth Powell (James), Grandchild
  • Matthew Pitsenbarger (Heather), Grandchild
  • Matthew Arrasmith, Grandson (deceased)
  • Nora Oelerich, Sister
  • Ruth Ann Fenchel, Sister
  • Also left to cherish her memory are nine great-grandchildren.


    She was also preceded in death by brothers, Melvin and Ralph; and sisters, Betty (Broders), and Lois (LaMarche).

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Jeanne VenHorst Hambleton

December 1, 2020

I had the wonderful pleasure of getting to know Wilma at Pleasant Valley High School and getting to visit with her at Grand Haven. She was definitely one of the all time kind and giving souls of the world. And yes, her cinnamon rolls still makes my mouth water! I will always be forever grateful for the wedding picture she gave me of my grandparents.

Lisa Sutton

November 24, 2020

I am sorry for your loss

Karla Wilson

November 24, 2020

Dear Karen and Sue,

So sorry to hear about your loss. You had two fantastic parents that raised raised their children well. I will always remember seeing your parents on motorcycle rides, your mother always had a smile on her face. You will have fond memories to reflect on.

Thinking of you,
Karla

Karen Baber

November 23, 2020

Mom loved to play cards, bingo and dominoes. And she really loved to win! Many good memories sitting around the kitchen table playing Uchre.

Sheryl O'Brien

November 22, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss. Our parents were friends from way back. Words seem so small at a time like this. Please know that you are thought of and people care.

Christine Masterson

November 22, 2020

I met Wilma at Good Samaritan. We had a little group of friends and we all ate our meals at the same table and enjoyed our conversations.

Karen Adams

November 21, 2020

I spent many wonderful nights with Sue at her parents house and "Mom" as she told me to call her, always made me feel very welcome and loved. Your Mom and Dad were wonderful and I know she and dad are watching over you and one day we will all be reunited with our Lord and other loved ones. Prayers for her family and remember she is watching over you.

Maria Taylor

November 21, 2020

Gramma worked in the kitchen at Cody Elementary while I was a student there, and then when I was at Pleasant Valley High School, she worked in the kitchen there too. I always knew Gramma was watching over her grandkids and I never felt alone while she worked for the district. It was reassuring knowing she was there.

Carolyn/Curt Hulsen

November 21, 2020

Many happy memories camping with you
Even used your camping kitchen during our camping with your kids
Heavenly peace for you with your husband!

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Biography

Wilma Joan Pitsenbarger, 91, passed into heaven on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date at Our Savior Presbyterian Church in Argo, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Wilma’s name to the Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.

Wilma was born on April 24, 1929 in Eldridge, Iowa to Charles and Florence (Kettleson) Oelerich. She lived on the family farm with her two brothers and four sisters. She graduated from Davenport High in 1948. In 1952, Wilma married Orval Pitsenbarger at Summit Church, and together they had four children, Susan, Karen, Connie, and John.

In her younger years, she enjoyed playing softball through 4-H, where a State Championship was earned. She continued her love of softball as a volunteer coach and organizer along with her husband in Davenport and LeClaire. She volunteered as a girl’s 4-H leader for many years in LeClaire and was a skilled seamstress, in which she created clothes for her family. She always enjoyed family camping, fishing, and traveling vacations. In 1996, she retired from Pleasant Valley School District as a cook and baker, where she was famous for her desserts and cinnamon rolls.

In her retirement years, she enjoyed trailer excursions with her husband to visit friends and family, attend bluegrass festivals, and yearly winter stays in southern Texas.

She was a member of Our Savior Presbyterian Church in Argo. Wilma always cherished times with her children.

Wilma is survived by her children, Susan (Mark) Arrasmith of LeClaire, IA, Karen Baber of Rock Island, IL, and John (Nancy) Pitsenbarger of Maynardville, TN; eight grandchildren, Michelle (Dave) Slotter, Maria (Shawn) Taylor, Nathan Arrasmith, Carrie (Charles) Thayer, Sean (Kathy) Stinson, Alex Ross, Elizabeth (James) Powell, and Matthew (Heather) Pitsenbarger; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters Nora Oelerich & Ruth Ann Fenchel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orval; her parents, Charles and Florence; daughter, Connie (Keighley) Ross; grandson, Matthew Arrasmith; brothers, Melvin and Ralph; and sisters, Betty (Broders), and Lois (LaMarche).

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