Ardis Witkoske, 93

Ardis Christine Witkoske, 93, of Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester, formerly of Wabash, died at  8 a.m., Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at Peabody Healthcare.

She was born Oct. 29, 1923, in Urbana, to Paul and Hulda (Speicher) Brembeck.

Ardis was a 1941 graduate of Urbana High School and a graduate of North Central College in Naperville, Ill. She married Herbert L. Witkoske in Urbana on March 23, 1946; he died Jan. 12, 2013.

She was a retail clerk and co-owner of King-Hipskind Hardware in Wabash for 25 years and also taught elementary and junior high school at West Ward and Wabash Middle School. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church/Urbana Yoke Parish. She enjoyed playing the organ, piano, and loved music in general. She also enjoyed gardening, playing cards, mushroom hunting, and fishing. She lived on Lake Wawasee several years and at Peabody Retirement Community since 2001. 

She is survived by two children, Judy (John) Eltzroth of Urbana, and Steven (Teresa) Witkoske of Wabash; three grandchildren, Amy (Jason) McDaniel of Michigan City, Andy (Nicole) Eltzroth of Glen Ellyn, Ill., and Evan Witkoske of West Lafayette; five great-grandchildren, Mira McDaniel and Christian McDaniel, both of Michigan City, and Emma Eltzroth, Elaina Eltzroth, and Eliza Eltzroth, all of Glen Ellyn.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and four brothers.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at Grace United Methodist Church in Urbana with the Rev. Larry Ray and the Rev. Larry Wade officiating. Burial will be in Speicher Cemetery, Urbana.  Visitation was Monday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash.

Preferred memorial is Speicher Cemetery.

The memorial guest book for Ardis may be signed at



Posted on 2017 Jan 04