Janice E. Wittkamper
April 3, 1943 – June 12, 2019
Janice Wittkamper, 76 years old of Naples, Florida and Akron, Ohio, passed away peacefully on June 12th, 2019.
She was born in Sparta, Wisconsin on April 3rd, 1943 and was a longtime Akron, Ohio resident before relocating to Naples.
She was preceded in death by her parents Doris and John Eisenhut.
She attended Andrews School, Western Reserve University and Ashland University earning a master’s in education. She retired from Canton City School district in 2013.
Janice loved classical music and was an artist. She passed this appreciation on to her son. She loved to travel, visit museums and attractions throughout the US, and visit her son in California via the train. In Ohio, she was active for many years in the Canton Women’s Club and remained active in many Naples community groups and activities.
Survivors include Gerry Wittkamper, her husband of 35 years, brothers Dennis and John Eisenhut, son Walter Kaufman, and grandson.
A celebration of life will take place Wednesday June 19th, 2019 from 4PM to 6PM at Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens.
- Celebration of Life Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Janice E. Wittkamper
June 19, 2019
When I first moved to our Banyan Woods neighborhood and joined the Naples Newcomers Club, Janice, who was already a member, called and offered me a ride to the next meeting. At the time, I didn’t know her well but she was so easy to talk to I was immediately put at ease. Her calm presence made it so much easier to walk in to a large meeting where I knew virtually no one!
Over time, we spent much more time together at luncheons and events and I found that Janice had a sly sense of humor and a fun loving streak that was unexpected, as she was outwardly reserved and ladylike.
We were also in the neighborhood book club together for several years as she fought her illness. Her strength and courage were a source of inspiration to all of us. She was a great reader and contributed much to the group with her intelligent commentary as well as her excellent book recommendations.
She will be sorely missed, but will continue to live in our memories.
June 16, 2019
Janice will be sorely missed. She is the first friend I made when I joined The Naples Newcomers Club. We attended many events together. She is the one who introduced me to Mahjong, had me to her house to go over the basics before I started playing. Now she is at peace. My condolences to Gerry and the rest of her family.