Lexington - Sophie C. Bitterberg, 97, of 201 N. Vermillion St., Lexington, where she was active and able to live alone until November of this year, went home to be with the Lord at 9:25 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 29, 2005) at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Colfax, surrounded by her family.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Lexington, with the Rev. David Bergelin officiating. Burial will follow in Lawndale Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Colfax. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Calvert & Musselman Funeral Home, Lexington, and for one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Lexington.
She was born March 28, 1908, in Weston, the daughter of Edward and Amelia Kernke Dringenberg. She married Gustave Clemons Bitterberg on Jan. 3, 1934, in Colfax. He died June 26, 1979.
Surviving is a son, Gene (Patricia) Bitterberg, Brookfield, Wis.; two daughters, Sharon (Gerald) Kessinger, Colfax, and Linda Marks, Port Richey, Fla.; six grandchildren, Gary Kessinger, Debra (Michael) Brophy, David Kessinger, Lisa (Steve) Molsbee, Judy (Walt) Christensen and Mark (Elizabeth) Kessinger; and five great-grandchildren, Matthew Champan, Jake Champan, Hanna Molsbee, Blair Brophy and Brandon Kessinger; and many nieces and nephews, including Phyllis Juers, Bloomington; Ralph Bitterberg and Ruth Bitterberg, both Mascoutah.
She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Lexington, where she was a devout woman of faith.
She was also a member of the Never Too Old Club in Colfax.
She worked 11 1/2 years at Brokaw Hospital; two years at Three Oaks Nursing Home, Lexington; and two years for the housekeeping deptartment at Illinois State University.
Sophie loved to read, work crossword puzzles and enjoyed traveling to Branson and Florida with her family.
Sophie lived everyday to its fullest. She always had a merry twinkle in her eyes and a friendly smile that warmed the hearts of all that knew her. Sophie was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who united her family. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed by the many lives she touched.