Mrs. John (Lena) Dewitt


From the Stevens Point (Wisconsin) Daily Journal January 17, 1936
Mrs. John DeWitt
Funeral services for Mrs. John DeWitt, 75, who died last Saturday morning at 9:45 o'clock 
after a short illness at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis 
Stainbrook, 10 miles northwest of Plainfield, were held Monday afternoon at the 
Congregational church at Hancock. Rev. W.W. Woodard of Wild Rose conducted the services 
and burial followed in the Leola cemetery.
During the services a solo, "The Old Rugged Cross" was sung by Frank Hamilton and a duet, 
"Jesus Lover of My Soul," was sung by two women of the church.  These hymns were favorites 
of Mrs. Dewitt.
Mrs. DeWitt, whose maiden name was Lena Stoker, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph 
Stoker was born in Germany on November 28, 1880.  She came to this country at the age of 
seven.  Her marriage to John Stainbrook took place on November 10, 1874.  Mr. Stainbrook died 
on July 4, 1897.  They were the parents of 10 children four of whom survive, Tillie, now Mrs. 
J. L. Bates, of Plainfield; Daisy, now Mrs. F. H. Foagate, of Waupaca; Dennis Stainbrook of 
Bancroft, and Henry Stainbrook of Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Those preceding their mother in death 
were Hattie, Lester, Joseph, Katie, Elvina and George.
Her marriage to John DeWitt of Hancock took place in 1901.  The couple continued to live at 
Hancock after their marriage until the death of Mr. DeWitt on November 24, 1930.
Surviving besides the sons and daughters are a sister-in-law, Mrs. Printha Stainbrook and a 
step-daughter, Mrs. Delia Weinbauer, both of Wisconsin Rapids; four step children, Jesse 
DeWitt of Wild Rose, Henry DeWitt of Madison, Mrs. Flossie Smith of Coloma and Mrs. Maude 
Ferris of Ladysmith, 18 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Those from a distance who attended the funeral were: Mrs. Delia Weinbauer, Mrs. Printha 
Stainbrook, Mrs. Harry Gibbs, Miss Edith Stainbrook, Mrs. Delia Atwood, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew 
Stainbrook, Mrs. Lottie Krueger, Orabelle Knudson, Mrs. Henry Giese and Mrs. May Grosse and 
daughter, all of Wisconsin Rapids; Mrs. and Mrs. Lester Bates  and Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Bates 
of Plainfield; Mr. and Mrs. Ford Fosgate, Elnora Fosgate, Donald Fosgate and Harold Fosgate, 
all of Waupaca; Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Stainbrook and children, Burl, Glen, Arleigh, Betty June, 
Russell and Darline and Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Chamberlain, all of Bancroft; Mr. and Mrs. Jessee
DeWitt of Wild Rose; Mr. and Mrs. Henry DeWitt of Madison; Mrs. Flossie Smith of Coloma and 
Mrs. Maude Ferris of Ladysmith.

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