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BITLER, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (27 Aug 1852 - 11 Apr 1932)
Unknown Newspaper, Birdsboro, PA, April 12, 1932
BENJAMIN F. BITLER // Gibraltar, April 12 (Special).- Benjamin F. Bitler, one of the oldest residents of this village, died late Monday afternoon at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin H. Blood, following a short illness. He was aged 79 years, 7 months and 15 days. Mr. Bitler suffered a stroke 10 days ago and failed to respond to treatment. // Deecased was one of the best known citizens for Robeson township. He was a lifelong farmer by occupation. For <Photo: Benjamin F. Bitler> a period of 46 years he was tenant farmer on the Simon Seyfert estate. He was a charter member of Camp 592, P. O. S. of A., enrolling as a member when the camp was instituted March 6, 1891. He was one of the first officers of the camp, being chosen as assistant recording secretary when the charter members assembled to select a staff of officers. He was also a member of the Gibraltar Fire Company and of Unamis Tribe, No. 330, Improved Order of Red Men. // His wife, Matilda (Buchard) Bitler, died nine years ago. There survive these children: Annie, wife of Benjamin H. Blood, this place; Clayton, Irvin and Harry Bitler, all of this place; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one brother, William Bitler, Birdsboro; two sisters, Annie, wife of Samuel Marquet, and Ellen, wife of John Beidler, both of Birdsboro. // Funeral on Saturday at 10 a.m. from the house. Further services in St. John's Church, this place, Rev. Victor A. Kroninger officiating. Interment in the adjoining cemetery, in charge of Funeral Directors John F. Lutz & Son.

BITLER, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (10 Jul 1911 - 20 Nov 1994)
Emporia Gazette, Emporia, KS, November 22, 1994
Benjamin F. Bitler // BURLINGTON - The funeral for Benjamin F. Bitler, 83, of Burlington will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Wilson Funeral Home at Madison. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery west of Olpe. Mr. Bitler died November 20, 1994, at the Anderson County Hospital in Garnett. Memorial contributions to the Madison Senior Center may be sent to the funeral home. Mr. Bitler was a pilot and retired engineer for Boeing Aircraft in Washington. He was a Navy veteran. Benjamin F. Bitler, the son of Daniel F. and Ica Winter Bitler, was born July 10, 1911, at Olpe. Mr. Bitler is the last surviving grandson of Daniel Bitler, an early-day settler of Center Township who founded Bitlertown, which is now Olpe. Benjamin Bitler built his first airplane when he was a teenager and received his pilot's license at the age of 16. He spent his early life in Olpe and moved to Washington state in 1949. He returned to Kansas from Auburn, Wash., in 1992. He married Edith Mclaskey. She died in 1989. Mr. Bitler was a member of the Lutheran Church in Washington. He is survived by a son, Charles B. Bitler of Seattle, Wash.; a daughter, Mary Ann Burckhard of Seattle, Wash.; three sisters, Marjorie Rossillon of Emporia, Jane Schmidt of Wichita and Ann Anderson of Garnett; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

BITLER, ISAAC JOHN (4 Aug 1845 - 26 Sep 1914)
La Plata Home Press, La Plata, MO, Oct 1, 1914
I. J. BITLER // I. J. Bitler was born in Lancaster, Ohio, August 4, 1845, departed this life September 26, 1914. He went to his former home to visit friends and to have the attention and services of his former physician and friend, Dr. H. O. Newton, never thinking of being called to his eternal home. He left his early home in Ohio at the age of fifteen and located in Knox County, Missouri. The war came on in his early manhood and being a loyal patriot, he served for a time in the state service then entered the Union Army where he served till the close of the war. He was married in 1866 to Mattie E. Clark of Peoria County, Illinois and brought his young wife to the farm that was his home and where he resided for over ten years. During this time he joined the I.O.O.F. Lodge and later the G.A.R., but it was the Methodist Episcopal Church that he devoted the most ardent service for his life. Failing health caused his removal to La Plata in 1899 where he resided for about eight years. He then moved to Larned, Kansas where the same spirit of service influenced him in the Church work in which he will be greatly missed. At the last he expressed himself as being glad to be at the home of his nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Williams who did everything possible for his comfort and restoration to health. His passing was very peaceful and beautiful. Just as the sun went down he entered the gates of the Celestial City. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Episcopal Church, conducted by his old friend, Rev. J. L. Bilby of Barnard, Missouri, former pastor here. The I.O.O.F. lodges of La Plata and Novelty had charge of the burial services at the La Plata cemetery.

BITLER, SAMUEL DAVID (23 Nov 1845 - 10 Jun 1927)
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, June 10, 1927, Page 1
Samuel David Bitler, aged 81, 921 East Wayne street, cooperage manufacturer for many years and a resident here since 1872, died at 7 o'clock this morning at the Methodist hospital of a complication of diseases after an illness of four weeks. Mr. Bitler came here from Pennsylvania and was employed by the Olds & Son company. He later became a member of the firm of H. Stephans & Company, and in 1883 became sole owner of that cooperage manufacturing business. Mr. Bitler retired from active business 10 years ago. He was a member of the First Methodist Episcopal church and of Harmony Lodge, I.O.O.F. Surviving are his widow, Mary E., one son, R.O. of West Lafayette, one daughter, Mrs. George Nicodemus of Denver, Colorado, and five grandchildren. Private funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the home. Friends are asked not to send flowers and may view the body up until 1 o'clock Friday.

BITLER-LITCHARD, PAULINE (14 May 1905 - 5 Nov 2003)
Press Enterprise, Bloomsburg, PA, November 6, 2003
Pauline B. Litchard // Nurse, husband farmed in Anthony Township // Pauline B. Litchard, 98, of PPL Road, Danville, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 5, 2003, at her home. Her husband, David J. Litchard died June 22, 1983 following 41 years of marriage. Born May 14, 1905 in Anthony Township, Montour County, she was the daughter of Uriah M. and Dalie (McLaughlin) Bitler. Mrs. Litchard was a nurse, having received her training in South Hampton, N.Y., and later worked for the former Devitt Camp, Allenwood. In 1942, she returned to Montour County where she and her husband farmed in Anthony Township for many years. She attended St. James Episcopal Church, Exchange. Surviving are a son and a daughter-in-law with whom she lived, David M. and Jean Litchard, and two grandchildren, Aimee D. Litchard and Michael D. (Kimberly) Litchard. Beside her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Stanley Bitler, and three sisters, Hazel Fitgerald, Ruth Brown and her twin, Grace Hessler. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in her memory be made to St. James Episcopal Church, c/o Jack Kirkner, 16 Schoolhouse Lane, Turbotville, PA 17772. Arrangements are under the care of Brooks Funeral Home, 207 Broadway Street, Turbotville.

BITLER, JAMES WILLIAM (4 Jan 1876 - 27 Jul 1937)
The South Bend Tribune, South Bend, Indiana, Tuesday Evening, July 27, 1937
JAMES BITLER DIES SUDDENLY // Carpenter, Aged 61, Stricken While at Work // Stricken while he worked on a house under construction, at 1129 East Mashawaka avenue, James W. Bitler, aged 61, of 808 East Fifth street, a carpenter, died while being rushed to St. Joseph hospital in an ambulance. Acting as a special deputy coroner in the case, Dr. Merle E. Whitlock found that death was caused by cerebral hemorrhage. Mr. Bitler was born January 4, 1876, in Paulding county, Ohio, and came here 35 years ago from Mount Pleasant, Mich. He made his home with his daughter, Mrs. C. L. Haney. Surviving also are two other daughters, Mrs. William D. Scherman and Mrs. Beatrice Ganser, both of this city; a brother, Joseph Bitler, Mount Pleasant, and four sisters, Mrs. William Chamberlain, Mount Pleasant; Mrs. Mary Blake, Tipton, O.; Mrs. Kate Focht, Dayton, Oh., and Mrs. Libbie Rosine, Charleston, W. Va., Mr. Bitler was a proud member of Mishawak post1 No., 1, Veterans League of United States.

BITLER-KEYSOR, LORETTA RUTH (27 Oct 1903 - 20 Feb 2001)
The Gladwin County Record (online), 27 Feb 2001
Loretta Ruth (Bitler) Keysor, 97, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001. Born Oct. 27, 1903, she was the daughter of Joseph and Callie (Ralston) Bitler. Loretta married Andrew Keysor, Nov. 15, 1924. Together they raised 10 children. She lived most of her life in the Harrison area, going to school in Mt. Pleasant and was a member of the VFW Post 1075 and a 4-H leader for many years. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, making beaded crafts for Christmas trees, and singing hymns at church. She was always helpful and used to help prepare food for canning and freezing. Loretta took good
care of her family and they returned the favor near the time of her death. Surviving are four sons, Cornelius and wife Patricia, John and wife Carole, Andrew Jr. and wife Dianne, and Elmer and wife Marybelle; six daughters, Marjorie Bailey, Mina and husband Charles "Bud" Garrett, Joyce Hart, Dora and husband Earl Bowsher, Barbara and husband Leo "Pat" Durham, and Dorothy and husband Warren Westrom; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Elmer; brother; and sisters. Services to celebrate her life were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Stocking Funeral Home in Harrison with Patrick Boulton officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Mid Michigan Hospice.

The South Bend Tribune, Monday, February 21, 1974
Mrs. Juanita Bitler Sziafrak, 64, of 500 Lincoln Way E., Osteopathic Hospital, South Bend, where she had been ill for a long time. She was born 4 Apr 1907 in Mishawaka and had resided here all her lifetime. Surviving are three nieces, Mrs. Frank Calvin of Osceola, Mrs. Marty Peters of St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. Clarence Winey of New Carlisle, and a nephew, Carl Haney of Valparaiso. Friends may call at the Bubb Funeral Chapel from 7 to 9 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held there at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Rev. Phillips B. Smith, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, will officiate and burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Mrs. Sziafrak was a member of that church.

BITLER-ADAMS, MARTHA (22 May 1915 - 10 Sep 1999)
The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Sunday, September 12, 1999, Final Edition, Metro Section, Pg C 04
Martha Bitler Adams Dies; Taught at Sidwell Friends // Martha Bitler Adams, 84, who retired in 1977 after 20 years as a teacher at the Sidwell Friends School, died Sept. 10 at Arlington Hospital, of injuries sustained in a fall in her McLean home three days before. Mrs. Adams taught four grade levels in the lower and middle school at Sidwell Friends. While serving mainly as an English teacher, she was also fond of playing the piano and leading the students in renditions of Broadway show tunes. She was a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of the old Philadelphia Normal School. She came to the Washington area in 1953 and taught a few years at the Joyce Kilmer Private School and the Cherrydale Elementary, both in Arlington. In retirement, she took courses at the American University Institute for Learning in Retirement and volunteered as an English as a Second Language instructor. Her husband, Joseph Miller Adams, died in 1970. Survivors include two children, Nancy Adams Fetterer and Glenn Rawlins Adams, both of McLean; three brothers; and five grandchildren.

BUCHARD-BITLER, MATILDA RACHAEL (8 Nov 1854 - 31 Jan 1923)
Birdsboro Dispatch, Birdsboro, PA, Feb 2, 1923, Vol 37, No 37
Matilda, wife of Benjamin Bitler, died in her home near Gibraltar, aged 68 years. The funeral will take place on next Monday morning, services at St. John's church at 11 o'clock. A.E. Mauger is the funeral director.

BITLER-MARQUET, ANNA JANE (27 Dec 1859 - 18 Dec 1935)
Birdsboro Dispatch, Birdsboro, PA
Mrs. Samuel Marquet. Anna Jane, wife of Samuel D. Marquet, died on Wednesday evening after being ill for some months. Mrs. Marquet was in her 75th year and was a resident here for more than 40 years. She was a member of Calvary E. C. Church. Beside her husband, she leaves two sons, Samuel and John. William H. Bitler of town is a brother. The funeral takes place on Sunday afternoon. Short services at home of her son Samuel at 517 West First St. St. Paul's M.E. Church, Geigertown at 2 p.m. Interment in cemetery adjoining. E. Raymond Mohr funeral director.

BITLER, THOMAS BRUCE (16 Jun 1889 - 24 Feb 1934)
The Brunswick Record, Brunswick, ME, Vol. 32, No. 14, March 1, 1934, Pg 4
REV. THOMAS BRUCE BITLER // Word has been received here of the sudden death of Thomas Bruce Bitler of North Hampton, Mass., which occurred Saturday afternoon, February 24th at the Symmes hospital in Arlington, Mass., following a major operation. Mr. Bitler was born in Harrison, Ohio, in 1889 where he received his early education. Later he attended a Western college for two years following which he served his first pastorate in his native state. He then came to Maine and graduated from Bangor Theological Seminary in 1913. Two years later, immediately following his graduation from Bowdoin College where he received his A.B. degree, he married Miss Helen Merriman of this town. After his marriage he attended Andover Theological school. Having served three years at the Congregational church at Hamilton, Mass., he held ministries at the Prospect Hill Congregational church at Somerville and the Pilgrim Congregational church at North Weymouth. For the past four years he had served as minister in the First Church of Christ at North Hampton. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Helen Merriman Bitler, three daughters, Janet, Lois, and Martha, a son, Clayton, one sister of California, and one brother of New York City. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in North Hampton.

BITLER, ARTHUR HUBERT (11 Aug 1918 - 23 Jul 2002)
The Macomb Daily (Online Edition), Macomb, MI, Wed, July 24, 2002.
Arthur H. Bitler // Arthur H. Bitler, 83, of Clinton Township, died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at Mount Clemens General Hospital. He was born Aug. 11, 1918, in Monroe. Mr. Bitler served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired in 1981 after 34 years as a coordinator for Ford Motor Co. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, the VFW, American Legion Post 4, Fraternal Order of Police, Michigan Sheriffs Association, American Federation of Police and Michigan Association of Firefighters. He is survived by his sisters, Dorothy Himebaugh of Mount pleasant, Hazel Himebaugh of Alto and Rosie Jezuit of Romulus; brother, James Bitler of Shepherd, Mich.; special friend, Laura Walsh of Clinton Township; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Alys, in 1997. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Harold W. Vick Funeral Home, 140 S. Main St., Mount Clemens, with the Rev. Robert Blondell officiating. Visitation is 1-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Thursday, with a 7 p.m. Scripture service. Additional visitation will be held Saturday at Schluter Funeral Home, 302 E. Main, Calmar, Iowa. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery, Fort Atkinson, Iowa. Memorial contributions may be made to Police Memorial Fund, Washington, D.C.

BITLER, MORRIS DEAN (15 Jun 1944 - 20 Oct 2001)
Kansas Eagle, Wichita, KS, Oct 23, 2001
Morris Bitler // Bitler, Morris Dean, 57, Boeing Wichita purchasing agent, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001. Memorial service 1 p.m. Wednesday, Resthaven Mortuary. Survivors: wife, Debbie; daughter, Brandy Bitler of Columbia, Mo.; stepson, Josh Nolte of Wichita; stepdaughters, Julie Eikenberry of Scott City, Sara Nolte of Wichita; brothers, Dale of Manhattan, Neil of Leavenworth, Marc of Wichita; sister, Nadine Dabbs of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Lizzy and Molly Eikenberry of Scott City. Memorial established with American Cancer Society, 400 N. Broadway, Wichita 67202. <Photo>

BITLER, ROBERT D (12 Sep 1913 - 1 Oct 2000)
The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, OH, Oct 3, 2000, Page 2D
BITLER Robert D. Bitler, age 87, of Canal Winchester, Sunday, October 1, 2000, Mt. Carmel East Hospital. Retired chief service technician from South Central Power. He was a member of Hope United Methodist Church, Pine Hill Golf Course, and was a World War II veteran of the Pacific Theatre. Survived by wife, Fannie Bitler; brother, Francis (Mickey) Bitler; son, John (Ruth Anne) Bitler; daughter, Nina Kovacs; grandchildren, Erik T. Kovacs, Rachel W. Drewnowski, and Jaquelyn L Bitler. Preceded in death by parents George and Mattie Bitler; daughter Linda Drewnowski; brother Karl Bitler; brother-in-law John W. Artz; and sister-in-law Betty Stevenson. Friends may visit 2-4 and 6- 8 p.m. Wednesday at the DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME, 650 West Waterloo Street, Canal Winchester, where funeral will be held 11 a.m. Thursday. Interment Franklin Hills Memory Gardens.

BITLER-DOVE, VONDA MAE (2 Dec 1932 - 10 Jan 2002)
Unknown Newspaper, Bloomsburg, PA, 12 Jan 2002
Vonda M. Dove - Hobbies included ceramics and wooden crafts - [Photo] Vonda M. Dove, 69, of 371 E. Fifth St., Bloomsburg, died Thursday evening, January 10, 2002, in the Bloomsburg Hospital ICCU, where she was a patient since Tuesday. She had been in ill health for four years. Dove lived at her Fifth Street address her entire married life. Born in Bloomsburg, Dec. 2, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Hazel Brown Bitler. She was a member of the Bloomsburg High School Class of 1951. Employed for over 10 years at the Montour County SPCA, Dove then worked at Magee Carpet Co. for five years. She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Dove was a former Boy Scout den mother and was inspector of elections of the Fourth Ward, Bloomsburg. Hobbies included ceramics and wooden crafts. Surviving is her husband of 53 years, Donald D. Dove. Also surviving are two children: Donald E. "Buddy" Dove, Carlisle, and Mrs. Mark (Sheila) Jones, Bloomsburg; four grandchildren; and a brother, Ernest Bitler, Benton. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday from the Allen Funeral Home, Market and Eighth Street, Bloomsburg. The Rev. Lee Barnhardt of the First English Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge.

BITLER, TILMAN LEE JR (20 Oct 1932 - 1 Feb 2003)
Chicago Daily Herald, Chicago, IL, Feb 5, 2003
Tillman Lee Bitler Jr. Funeral services for Tillman Lee Bitler Jr., 70, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, in the chapel of Willow Creek Community Church, 67 E. Algonquin Road, South Barrington. Mr. Bitler passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at his home. He was the beloved husband of Wiltraud Bitler (nee Leonhardt); loving father of Franklin Bitler, Penny (Thomas) Milozewski, Joseph (Lisa Palmer) Bitler, Daniel Bitler and the late Peggy Bitler; proud grandfather of seven; and great-grandfather of one. Also surviving are one brother and two sisters. He will be missed by all. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VITAS Hospice Care, 580 Waters Edge, Suite 100, Lombard, IL 60148. Arrangements were made by Elegy Cremation and Memorial Services. Friends may visit to express condolences and sign the guest book. For funeral information, (877) 565-7070.

BITLER, HENRY GRIFFITH (20 Apr 1928 - 24 Nov 2003)
Reading Eagle, Reading, PA, November 25, 2003
Henry G. Bitler // Henry G. Bitler, 75, formerly of Oley, died Nov. 24 in the Lebanon Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty (Hennes) Bitler. Born in Gibraltar, he was a son of the late Benjamin and Lottie (Griffith) Bitler. Bitler was employed for many years as a moulder by the Birdsboro Corp. until his retirement. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Surviving are a son, William, Oley; and a daughter, Patricia (Bitler) Buffington, in Virginia. Other survivors include three sisters: Ellen (Bitler) Sowers, Birdsboro; Vivian (Bitler) Dimenza, Clearwater, Fla.; and Barbara (Bitler) Koepsinger, Brookville, Fla. There are also two grandchildren. Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the Good Shepard Chapel of the Limerick Garden of Memories, Montgomery County. Burial will be private in adjoining ceremony. The Ruggiero Funeral Home, Trappe, Montgomery County, is in charge of arrangements.

BITLER, DELORRIS ANN (Abt 1942 - Abt 17 Jul 1945)
The Lima News, July 17, 1945, Pg 90
Young Girl Dies of Rare Disease // Lymphatic Leukemia, a rare blood disease, caused the death of Delorris Ann Bitler, three and one-half year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Bitler, 322 McPharrenar, at 1:30p.m. Monday in St. Rita's hospital. The child had been in the hospital for two weeks as physicians and attaches made a losing fight to prevent the rare disease from claiming another victim. She was born in Lima and lived here all her life. The parents survive together with two brothers, J. Samuel, seven, and Harold, six; her paternal grandmother, Mrs. J. S. Bitler of Lima, and her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Cook of Lima. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Davis-Miller and Son chapel in charge of Rev. Paul H. Graeser. Burial will be made in the Shawnee cemetery. The body will remain at the funeral home until after the services.

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