Clarence Henry Witsken

Born: Fri., Apr. 14, 1933
Died: Tue., Sep. 3, 2013


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Fri., Sep. 06, 2013
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Fri., Sep. 06, 2013
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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Clarence H. Witsken

April 14, 1933 – September 3, 2013



Clarence Henry Witsken, 80, of Granger, died peacefully in his residence on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 following a short illness.  Mr. Witsken was born April 14, 1933 in Cincinnati, OH to the late Edna (Ernst) and Clarence Witsken and had lived in the Michiana area for the past 57 years.  On May 30, 1959 in Mishawaka he married Mary Margaret Gallant who survives.  Also surviving are his children, Monica Witsken of Mishawaka and William H. Witsken (Marjorie) of Granger; three grandchildren, Lauren, Anne, and Evan Witsken; and two great-grandchildren, Bailey and Reagan Witsken.


Clarence was a hardworking and devoted man who began his career at an entry level position and wound up President/CEO and Part-Owner.   Throughout his business career and into his personal life Clarence was a leader, a mentor and most of all, he was your friend.  He would have no hesitation starting a conversation with a complete stranger then become lifelong friends in the process.


Clarence was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH and truly cherished his time there, graduating from his beloved Roger Bacon High School and The University of Cincinnati.  He regularly communicated with and visited his Ohio relatives as often as he could.  Clarence also became very close to his wife's relatives, most of who resided in Prince Edward Island, Canada.  He had a particular fondness for Joe and Geri Corcoran for the help they gave Mary and Clarence throughout the last couple of years.  In fact, the family would like to thank Geri and her sister Peggy for being here the last 3 weeks and lending their support and assistance.  It truly made it special having them with us.


Clarence had a variety of hobbies and interests.  Among them were art, tennis, golf and his philanthropic interests.  Although he was no Picasso, Clarence dearly loved to paint and was fine tuning his skills any chance he could.  He was a Member at Morris Park Country Club and Bonita Bay Country Club.  At Morris Park Country Club he participated in many of the golf tournaments.  He played in the "Buddy" Tournament for numerous years with Jim Butler, who preceded Clarence in death.  He played in the Invitational Tournament with Bob Klotz for many years then his son Bill for his last few years where Clarence and Bill won the "Helen Keller" flight in 2007 in Clarence's last Morris Park Tournament.


Clarence was also a genuine and generous family man.  He married the lady of his dreams in May of 1959 in Mary Gallant Witsken.  He truly adored her and gave her a wonderful and fulfilling life.  Clarence and Mary had two kids, Bill and Monica, both very special in his eyes.  Clarence spent numerous amounts of time with Bill and his wife Margie and their three kids Lauren, Anne and Evan.  He was a proud and very protective “Opa” (grandfather).  He would go out of his was to attend any and all events that the grandkids were involved in and enjoyed every minute of it.  In fact, in the past year Clarence could be found at a Rose-Hulman baseball game watching Evan and his teammates.  He was also very close to his daughter-in-law, Margie Witsken and would routinely share life's lessons and fatherly advice with her at the Panera breakfasts that they shared.  Clarence also loved and adored his great-granddaughter Bailey and spent as much time with her as he could over the past 2 years.  He also was looking forward to great anticipation of another great-granddaughter Reagan, soon to be born.


A Celebration of Clarence’s life will be held at noon Friday, September 6th in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd. with Deacon William Gallagher  of The Basilica of the Sacred Heart officiating.  The family will greet friends on Friday in the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Pl., Mishawaka, IN, 46545.  Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Clarence's memory to the following organization:

Center for Hospice and Palliative Care
111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637

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Mary Carol Witsken Kauscher
   Posted Thu September 05, 2013
So sorry to hear about Clarence. Remember him from the Witsken reunion in Cincinnati. We travel to Naples each year and know that he had a home in Bonita, where we have friends that knew of Clarence.

I am the daughter of the late Anthony J. Witsken, Sr., son of Joseph and Mary Witsken, who operated the Witsken dairy on Cleves Warsaw Pike.

Fred Dean
   Posted Thu September 05, 2013
Clarence would arrive early at morning tennis where he was always a warm and interested conversationalist before the rest of us even woke up. He was also a great competitor and great facilitator. Whether it was the MADFATS annual dinner or MADFATS South, he was always there to help. I will always remember him as I wear my MADFATS shirts. He will be greatly missed.
Fred Dean

Denny and Barb Norkus
   Posted Thu September 05, 2013
Mary, Bill, Monica and Children...we send our sympathy. Wit was just the kindest, we loved his smile and care. You are all in our prayers..Denny and Barb

Leo Witsken and wife
   Posted Thu September 05, 2013
Dear Mary, dear Bill, dear Monica and families,

We will keep the memory of Clarence in our hearts over here in Germany, and think of him fondly. We had the priviledge to meet him several times and have him as our
ever so generous guest at our house. We too feel the great loss of a truely great man.
We will light a candle for him on Friday in our Church of St.John the Baptist, while you are celebrating his life.
With our sympathy

Leo Witsken and wife

Lorenza R. Zapata
   Posted Thu September 05, 2013

AZALEA PLANT was sent by Lorenza Zapata.

To the family of Clarence Witsken. I offer my condolences with great respect. I worked with him at Wieland Designs many years ago. He was a very encouraging and supportive leader. God bless you, Lorenza Zapata

Bill Lammert
   Posted Thu September 05, 2013
Clarence and I were classmates at St. Clement Grade School and Roger Bacon High School in our home town of St. Bernard, Ohio. We both received our college degrees at the University of Cincinnati. We have remained friends through the years at class reunions, telephone and email exchanges, and periodic visits to Bonita Bay for tennis and long breakfasts with much reminiscing. I extend my deepest sympathy to Mary, the children and grandchildren.

henry and marilyn witsken
   Posted Thu September 05, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to the Clarence Witsken family. Our prayers are with you all. Bud and Marilyn Witsken and Family.

Steven Yoder
   Posted Thu September 05, 2013
To the family -

I am grateful for my time with Clarence at Wieland Designs. As the CEO, his mentorhship to me in management and business was a gift and took my HR career to a new level. My prayers are with you, the family. May God give you peace and strength through this time of transition.

Steve Yoder

Matthew Brennan
   Posted Thu September 05, 2013
Clarence, I always knew you to be nothing but a true gentleman, a loving husband and great father. It was an honor to be your friend and your Dentist. It was a true privelage to have known you. I will miss you, Clarence. Rest in peace with the Lord as I am sure he has embraced you with open arms!

Jim & Kathy Kubik
   Posted Fri September 06, 2013
To my friend Clarence and his family:

It has been a joy to know you and Mary these many years. I am sorry that you are gone - called to be with our Lord. We will miss you and your fun personality, but will look forward to be with you when our time comes. Our comfort is that you are in paradise. God bless your family, and I thank God for your life.

Be well friend.

Jim & Kathy Kubik

jane stephenson
   Posted Fri September 06, 2013
I have happy memories of the Witsken family at the Elks pool.
My sincere condolences.
Jane Stephenson

Debbie (Witsken) Mood
   Posted Sat September 07, 2013
My deepest sympathy on your loss. I enjoyed meeting Clarence (& Mary, Bill & Marjorie & Deanna Ponsler!) while I was a student at Notre Dame. It wasn't long that I was at Notre Dame before Clarence learned there was a "Witsken" there and introduced himself to me, thereby connecting me to my extended family in South Bend and beyond! Clarence's love of family was genuine, unconditional, and boundless! He will be greatly missed. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.


Debbie (Witsken) Mood

Wanda Wallis
   Posted Sun September 08, 2013
Wit was the quintessential gentleman and friend. Was there a nicer guy in the state of Indiana? He was kind, non-judgmental, thoughtful, patient, and so willing to help anyone at any time. He defined the word "class." What a great legacy from this great man. Surely this Godly man must be rejoicing with the heavenly hosts! My love and prayers to all the family. RIP Wit. wanda

Pat and Angelo Mella
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
Sorry to hear of Wit's death. He was such a nice man. We were
always pleased to have he and Mary visit Prince Edward Island.
Our condolences to Monica and Bill.
Pat and Angelo(1st cousin of Mary)

brian Hedman
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
Dear Bill: Carol and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your dad. We were on a week's vacation that ended last Saturday and therefore were unable to express our sympathy to you in person.
We enjoyed the company of your parents on occasions at our home and theirs and considered them dear friends.
We have learned, too, that your mom is not able to enjoy life as she was accustomed; would visiting her be of help to her?
You also have played a role in our family by your attention to Hugh when we all lived on Dorwood; playing basketball with him gave him the feeling of being accepted by someone he admired.
We attempted to reach you by phone today, but could not leave a message.
If we can help in anyway, please let us know.
Sincerely, Brian and Carol Hedman

Debra Adams
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
I was saddened to hear about your loss. Clarence was a great man and will be missed.

Cheri Dunnigan
   Posted Thu September 12, 2013
Dear Mary....and Clarence's children and grandchildren.....i am soooo sad to hear of Clarences passing....I had the privilege of teaching Clarence pastel painting at the art league in bonita springs for the last 10 years or so.....He was such a very wonderful of my most favorite students....a gentleman in every way.....always keeping me posted about his grandchildren....he was so proud of them!.....i will miss him.....sincerely, Cheri Dunnigan

Terry and Janie Herwig
   Posted Wed September 18, 2013
So sorry to hear of your great loss. He was a very kind man and will be missed.With sincere sympathy, Terry and Janie Herwig