M. Elaine Witmer

August 21, 1952November 24, 2012

M. Elaine Witmer, 60, of Harrisburg, has passed into eternal life Saturday, November 24, 2012 at her home. She was born August 21, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre, PA; she was the daughter of the late Peter and Eleanor (Sheridan) Figler. She is survived by her husband, Jonathan L. Witmer; her daughter, Karen E. Russo, husband, Pietro, of Annville; her son, Michael J. Witmer, wife, Kimberly, of Delaware, OH; 3 granddaughters, Adriana and Alessia Russo and Elizabeth Witmer; her sister, Margaret Wolfe, husband, Robert, of Cape May, NJ; numerous nieces and nephews; and her special pal, Buddy. She attended OLBS School, where she was a cheerleader, and graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School, class of ’70, where she was a member of the National Honor Society; and graduated with high honors from Penn State University, class of ’78. She retired from the Mechanicsburg Naval Depot in 2006, and since then has worked part-time for the Capital Area Intermediate Unit as a special needs teacher. She was a member of the Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick and the Sweet Adeline’s of Greater Harrisburg. Elaine enjoyed traveling, singing, and spending time with her sunshine girls. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM Friday, November 30, 2012 in the Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick, 212 State St., Harrisburg. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. A viewing will be held 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Thursday, November 29, 2012 in the Neill Funeral Home, 3501 Derry St., Harrisburg. Recitation of the Rosary will be at 8:30 PM Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease Foundation, (CJD Foundation), 3632 W. Market St., Suite 105, Akron, OH. 44333.


  • Viewing Thursday, November 29, 2012
  • Recitation of the Rosary Thursday, November 29, 2012
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, November 30, 2012

M. Elaine Witmer

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Jonathan Witmer

November 24, 2017

It is now 5 years since you left this world. I struggle everyday in my new life to go on.

Karen Russo

November 23, 2017

Today is a agony day for me. I felt that my mom was passing on. Time doesn't go forward for me.


July 20, 2017

Thinking of you Jon, Karen and kids! Elaine is always on my mind - I'll see something that will stoke a fond memory of her or will get together with old friends with whom we shared many good times with Elaine. Sarah and her sister have now joined our angel and I have no doubt they are knocking it out of the park in Heaven as they did here on earth. Barney and Buddy giving her lots of comfort and kisses too. Prayers to all those affected by CJD. Keep that song in your heart - the best is yet to come!

Jonathan Witmer

July 19, 2017

Was at the 5th CJD Conference this past weekend. So many sad stories. While at the conference, went to church with my friends as I do every year. I will always miss you and look forward to our meeting again. Hope all is well with you, Barney and Buddy.

Jonathan Witmer

January 29, 2017

It is very likely that at this moment that I write this, that I met you 50th years ago today and at this moment. I think of you every day and miss you even though I am in a new life. Still looking forward to seeing you in heaven along with Barney and Buddy!

Jonathan Witmer

November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! I try to go on in my new life, but still think of you every day! Hope Buddy and Barney keep you happy.

Karen Russo

November 23, 2016

4 years ago today, I physically feel pain from what is about to come. It will change me forever. I can't look back.

Empty, spaces, fill me up with holes.
Distant, faces, with no place left to go. Without you, within me, I can't find no rest. Where I'm, going, is anybody's guess. I tried, to go on like I never knew you. I'm awake, but my world is half asleep. I pray, for this heart to be unbroken. But without you all I'm going to be is, incomplete. BBB.

Miss you mom!!! Keep sending pennies!!!

Jonathan Witmer

August 21, 2016

Happy Birthday, I hope Buddy, Barney and you are enjoying your Birthday together!!


July 10, 2016

At CJD conference for the 4th year. Miss you so. Say hi to Barney and now Buddy for me

Karen Russo

April 2, 2016

Hello Mom. I see you've sent me pennies from heaven for my birthday. Miss you much!!