John Woitalla, 75, of St. Anna, died peacefully in his sleep Nov. 11, 2022, at his home in St. Anna.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Anna with the Rev. Julius Beckermann, O.S.B., officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, and 10-10:45 a.m., Nov. 19, at the church in St. Anna.

John Woitalla was born Sept. 25, 1947, in St. Anna, to Alois and Mary (Kotzer) Woitalla. He completed school through the eighth grade and began working for area farmers. For a short time, he worked at Frigidaire prior to purchasing his own farm at the age of 20. He married Bonita Adolph June 14, 1969, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holdingford and together farmed near St. Anna.

John was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Anna where he served as usher and volunteered at church bazaars. He was a member of the St. Anna Snowmobile Club and the St. Anna Sportsman’s Club. In his spare time, John loved gardening and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, Mikayla, Grace, and Abby.

Survivors include his children, Kurt (Wendy) Woitalla, Kristi Woitalla and Keith (Patty) Woitalla all of St. Anna; grandchildren Mikayla, Grace and Abby Woitalla; mother Mary Woitalla of Albany; brothers Don “Butch” (Toshi), David, Joe, Mark, Richard and Duane Woitalla; sisters Helen, Mary Ann and Diane (Steve); and sisters-in-law Louise Adolph and Barb Woitalla.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Bonita Woitalla, May 21, 2022; father Alois Woitalla; brother Raymond; and brother-in-law James Rakotz.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.

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