Born in Philadelphia on Oct. 17, 1922, her family moved to Salem in 1926, where her father was superintendent of the State School for the Deaf. Her high school trio would introduce music programs at the Mickey Mouse matinee every Saturday at the Elsinore Theatre.
Best known as Ginger, she graduated from Salem High School in 1939 and Oregon State University, where she was a member of Tri Delta sorority.
She married high school sweetheart Wallace Keith (Wally) Wittwer in 1945, and spent the next 38 years traveling from military post to post with her husband, a U.S. Military Academy graduate, and their four children. She also sang in the USO to support soldiers.
They retired in 1974 and spent time in Virginia, Colorado and Idaho before returning to Oregon 50 years later.
She enjoyed skiing, tennis, golf and bridge.
Ms. Wittwer was preceded in death by her youngest son, Brian Kent; and her husband. Survivors include: her son, Wallace Richard Wittwer; daughters, Leslie Kim Schuh and Jennifer Lynn Mann; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
There will be no memorial service at Ms. Wittwer’s request. Interment will be with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hopewell House, 6171 SW Capitol Street, Portland, OR 97239.
Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.Print