Gretchen Luise Witt


Gretchen Luise Witt, 53, of North Platte, NE, passed away Friday, May 30, 2014, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

Gretchen was born June 2, 1960, to Randall Jaye and Helen Gertrude Lehmann Witt in Omaha, NE. She grew up in North Platte and graduated from E.S.U. 16 in 1983. Gretchen then went to work at the North Platte Opportunity Center in the General Store and Copy Shop. She also worked at First National Bank as a Junior Clerk.

Gretchen was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church where she helped with communion, ushering, Sunday School and Bible School. She loved music, books and playing Scrabble and Canasta. Gretchen enjoyed collecting Star Trek memorabilia, articles about Abraham Lincoln, autographs and angels.

She is survived by her mother, Helen Witt, of North Platte; her sister, Christa (Terry) Speed, of Grand Island, NE; a niece, Anna Speed, of Omaha, NE; her aunts, Ruth Lehmann and Linda Lehmann, both of North Platte; cousins, Jennifer (Mike) Swain, of North Platte, Larry Pederson, of Granby, CT and Leno Pederson, of Louisville, KY; and other family and her many friends.

Gretchen was preceded in death by her father, Randall Witt; uncle, Carl Lehmann; aunt, Sue Juker; and her grandparents.

Cremation was chosen. A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Frank Fitch III officiating. Inurnment will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. The memorial book may be signed from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore. Condolences may also be shared at A memorial has been established for the General Store at the North Platte Opportunity Center. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.