Dean L. Wittenberg

Dean L. Wittenberg, age 69, of Brookfield, IL passed away on Friday, September 8, 2017. He was born in Chicago, IL to the late William C. and Marilyn Wittenberg. Dean is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen; his children Amy (Christopher) Moravec and Michael (Angela) Wittenberg; his grandchildren Henry and Milo Wittenberg and Charlotte and Ellenore Moravec; brother William (Geri) Wittenberg; and several nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Dean was an educator, storyteller, history aficionado and model train enthusiast.

He spent the majority of his career working for Chicago Public Schools where he was a librarian and history teacher at Dunbar Vocational High School. Dean was a faithful member of St. Louise de Marillac Parish where he was actively involved with the Men’s Club. He acted on the board of the Brookfield library for several years. He coached Brookfield National Little League and also served as a Scout leader for Troop 111. Ever the handyman, he enjoyed numerous annual trips to Clarksdale, MS doing volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity.

His heart belonged to his grandchildren who he loved to make laugh and who always made him laugh in return.

Visitation will be from 4:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St, Brookfield. There will be a Funeral Mass at 10:00a.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Church, 1144 Harrison Ave, La Grange Park, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Misericordia, 6300 N Ridge, Chicago IL 60611. Please indicate MFA3266B  on the memo line if donating via check.

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  1. The Sisters and Residents of Misericordia condolence:

    Our sympathies and special prayers for Dean and all his friends and family.

  2. Jim Mann condolence:

    I had the good fortune of serving as Village Manager when Dean served as a Trustee on the Brookfield Village Board.
    He was a truly wonderful and dedicated man.

  3. Lee Mate condolence:

    Dear Kate, Amy and Michael, I offer you my love and prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss . . . Dean, you have blessed your Family and the St. Louise Family with your smile and enthusiasm and “roll of your sleeves” attitude. I thank God for you. Now you are with us whenever and wherever we think of you, giving us your smile.

  4. Arlene Moles condolence:

    Kate and family, I am so sorry for your loss.
    Please accept my deepest condolences. Dean
    will be in my prayers.

  5. Tom Nichol, Jr. condolence:

    My condolences for your loss. Mr. Wittenberg positively impacted so many of us through Scouting and all of the other volunteer work over the years. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. sr.mary francis werner condolence:

    Deepest sympathy to Dean’s wife, children and grandchildren.

    Dean served as our librarian at Mount Assisi Academy. His expertise in this area and his love of history greatly enriched our program.

    May he rest in peace and may you find comfort in the great promise of our faith.Know you all are remembered in prayer

    In sympathy
    Sr.Mary Francis
    Mt Assisi

  7. Lee Kotnour condolence:

    Kate, Amy and Michael my heart goes out to you for the loss of your husband and dad. My prayers are with you. I have a special memory of your father when he and you were so very good to Marie and had so much fun. It is so difficult to lose a parent-he loved you so much and you will always carry him in your heart. Love and prayers.

  8. Jim Minkin condolence:

    Dean was my best and second longest friend. We walked into South Shore HS in September 1963 at 10:20 AM. We were in school until 4:00 PM. The school was crowded is 1/2 started at 8:00 Dean and I went to school together for 8 years. Six of them in my car. No buses. Air friendship lasted for 45 years and many 100 mile bike rides. But not lately, too many aches and pains. I just can’t come to grips with Dean not being at the other end of the phone. He will be missed by so many people. I’ll miss him but I’ll always be able to hear him, and I know you will too. Jim

  9. Jeanette and Ray condolence:

    Bill, we are so sorry for your loss. Ray and I both known the pain of losing a sibling. Let your happy memories get you through the tough days. We love you.

  10. Carol Hauptmann Raddatz condolence:

    My prayers are with your family. I worked with Deans mom at AMOCO Oil and went to High School with Kate. What a small world this is.

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