Revella Willitzer


Revella E. Willitzer, 91, of Defiance, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the Brookview Healthcare Center, Defiance, Ohio.

She was born on October 15, 1921, to Michael and Evelyn (Liska) Breckler in Defiance County, Ohio. On September 7, 1946, she married Virgil F. Willitzer and he passed away on March 27, 1985.

Revella was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and the Christian Mother Altar Society. She spent a lot of time outdoors tending her vegetable garden. Revella and her husband raised chickens and sold eggs to friends. She also helped with the planting and harvesting on the family farm in her younger years.

Revella is survived by her sons, Virgil J. (Marguerite) Willitzer of Defiance and Michael (Mary Lu) Willitzer of Defiance; daughters, Evelyn (Gale) Williams of Lake Havasu, Ariz., Nancy (Tim) McGee of Calabash, N.C., and Karen (Herb) Shaffer of Defiance; sisters, Mary Mansfield of Defiance, and Reba and MaDonna Breckler of Defiance; grandchildren, David, Joel, Luke, Evan, Emily, Amanda, Allison and Abby Willitzer, Sally Clark, Rachael Ruhe, Christina Bernal, Jamie Shininger, Nancy, Steve and Jonathon Giesige, Patrick McGee, Katie Cheraso, Melissa Longanecker, Erin and Chris Shaffer; 17 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Terri Willitzer of Defiance; and son-in-law, Tony Giesige of New Bavaria, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Virgil F. Willitzer; daughter, Mary Ann Giesige; son, Anthony Willitzer; grandchildren, Sara, Suzanne and Betsy Willitzer; brothers, Michael and John Breckler; and a sister, Evelyn Wurst.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at St. John's Catholic Church with Father Todd Dominique officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, Ohio.

The family suggests memorials are to St. John's Catholic Church, Defiance, Ohio, or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be given at

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