Delores "Jane" Bittle 1927 - 2012
Delores “Jane” Bittle (nee Schwellensattl), 84, born September 26, 1927, died peacefully on March 4, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Illinois with her family present. She had been in declining health for several years.
Jane was the youngest of seven children born and raised on a farm in rural Belleville, IL. She had a kind, caring soul and was always available if anyone needed help or a shoulder to lean on. She was strong-willed and independent with a spry sense of humor and had a very strong work ethic. Jane worked in retail for many years before retiring in 1981. She was also a skilled seamstress who designed many outfits and sewed several of her granddaughters’ prom dresses and dance costumes. As a masterful baker, Jane often used her delectable cookies in lieu of game chips when teaching her granddaughters the art of poker. She also especially enjoyed spending time with her granddaughters playing games and having tea parties and then continued that tradition with her great-grandchildren. In her later years, Jane avidly listened to a police scanner, where she developed and often spoke of her utmost respect for Belleville’s law enforcement officers.
Jane was the youngest of seven children born to Joseph and Mary Schwellensattl, nee Crannage. In addition to her parents, Jane was preceded in death by her siblings and their spouses: Joseph Schwellensattl Jr., William and Hazel Schwellensattl, Bernice and Melvin Backs, George and Virginia Schwellensattl, Fern and Harold Bittle, and Edward and Verna Schwellensattl. She was also preceded in death by her son-in-law, Dr. Benjamin S. Arenas.
On August 9, 1947, she married Roy Bittle, who after an extended illness, died on November 4, 1961, leaving her to raise their young twin daughters. She is survived by daughters Jean Waeltz of Belleville and Joan (formerly Arenas) and her husband Robert Harvey of Lawrence, KS, three granddaughters – Dr. Kristy Waeltz and her husband Taylor Holland, Amy and Christopher Judd, and Allison Arenas and her significant other Michael Urish. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Orion, Caela and Calista, and 12 very special nieces and nephews and their families.
The family is thankful to Marcy Canini for providing care and companionship to Jane this past month.
It was Jane’s wish that there be no public visitation or service. With her feisty sense of humor, she reminded her daughters that if they held services, she would do her best to playfully haunt them. Following cremation, interment will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville, IL.
Jane’s family would like to thank everyone for their love and support during our time of loss. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Society.