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Mary Ann (Bethke) Wilterdink

May 20, 1937 - Jun 05, 2019


Mary Wilterdink was born on May 20, 1937 to the late John and Frances (Oldschmidt) Pitsch and passed away on June 5, 2019 at the age of 82. She attended local schools and graduated from Sheboygan Central High School with the class of 1956. On April 18, 1959 Mary was united in marriage for 38 years to the late Robert C. Bethke at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church and was later united in marriage for 14 years to the late Warren Wilterdink on July 10, 2000. During her working years she was employed by St. Peter Claver as a custodian and lunch lady. Mary was a member of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Christian Women and the Oldtimers Pony Club.
Mary loved cooking for her family and having family get togethers. She was an avid Packer fan and many staff members remember hearing her yelling from her room when the game was on. She also enjoyed playing Royal Rummy with her card club.
Mary is survived by her children, Debbie Runge of Haiti, Bob (Doris) Bethke of Green Bay, Fred Bethke of Kiel, and Ann (David) Moreau of Sheboygan Falls; grandchildren, Scott (Liz) Goeke, Brian (Kera) Goeke, Andy Goeke, Alissa Bethke, Matthew (special friend Paige) Bethke, Sierra Bethke, Jonathan Bethke, Joshua (special friend Jade) Moreau and Amanda (special friend Hunter) Moreau; six stepchildren, Gloria (Glen) TeLindert, Mary (Randy) Reklaitis, Mark (Kathy) Wilterdink, Rev. Bruce (Naomi) Wilterdink, Larry (Jan) Wilterdink and Keith (Colli) Wilterdink; many step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Georgine Pitsch and Mary Pitsch and special friend, Agnes Kuntsman. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mary is preceded in death by her first husband, Robert C. Bethke; second husband, Warren Wilterdink; parents, John and Frances Pitsch; brothers, John, Jerry “Bobo” and Ray Pitsch; sister, Sr. John Frances Pitsch and grandchild, Jennifer Goeke.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th St., Sheboygan, from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service at 5:00 p.m. Entombment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery at a later date. A memorial fund in Mary’s name has been established.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Pine Have Christian Communities (Giddings Ave.) and at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for their compassion and care of Mary.
Online condolences may be expressed at


Date: Sunday Jun 9, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]

Funeral Service

Date: Sunday Jun 9, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]



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Clare Kovacich

I'm so sorry I missed Mary's funeral yesterday. Only found out today that she died. My condolences to all of you, Debbie, Bob, Fred and Ann AND ALL of the rest of her family. We were friends since grade school. My most recent memories were of our CARD CLUB days. She was one SPECIAL LADY.

Don and Myra Eischen

we so enjoyed getting to know Mary before her illness took hold. Warren and her were always welcome and we enjoyed entertaining the pony club at our shed and spending time with all of them. so sorry for your loss.

David Hartmann

Our most sincere condolences to the Wilterdink, Bethke. Pitsch and Ohlschmidt families. Dave and Cindy Hartmann

Patricia Grams

I was saddened to read about Mary Ann's passing. I remember sitting near her at church, seeing her at Jackson school events for grandchildren, and sometimes at the grocery store. She was always friendly and smiling. She knew how to live life and look for the goodness it has to offer. Cherish your fond memories and celebrate her life well. Sincerely, Pat Grams

Jean & Dan Van Rens

We’re both very sorry to hear about Bob’s Mom’s passing. We’ll keep you both in our prayers !!!

Greg moreau

Very sorry for your loss. Sending my condolences.

Carolyn Stewart

Deb and family, My condolences with your loss. Celebrating with you that she has made it home to be with Jesus. May "Our Good Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" comfort you as His love surrounds you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Carollyn

terri weber

R.I.P Mary!! May the Angels and Saints greet you as you enter Paradise!! Debbie and family your mom is now in Heaven free from her Earthly burdens. I will always remember her sweetness and happy smile. My deepest sympathies. Love Terri (Murray) Weber

Jackie Kalkofen

Ann & Family: I am a volunteer at Pine Haven, and I met you on Sunday when I came in to sit with your sweet mom. I wanted to express my deepest sympathies to your entire family. May God give you the comfort that only He can during this difficult time of loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Sara Kosmicki

My condolences go out to Mary's kids and all who are grieving her loss. When I think of Aunt Mary, I first think of her smile and her wonderful laugh!! My kids have fond memories of seeing her and Warren at the fair with their ponies. She will be deeply missed!

Bruce & Naomi Wilterdink

Dear friends -- Our hearts go out to you in the loss of your sweet mom. She was always so welcoming whenever we had the opportunity to visit. May you feel God's loving arms holding you close as you say your earthly goodbye. We are on an extended camping trip, and are unable to attend her memorial service. You will be very much in our hearts and prayers that day, and in the days to come as you adjust to her loss. Our love, Bruce & Naomi