Editha G. Baumhardt, 93, of Springfield, formerly of Rochester, passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center.
Editha was born on June 20, 1925, in Recklinghausen, Germany, the daughter of Karl and Gustel (Witulski) Motzkus. She married Walter Baumhardt on March 11, 1967; he preceded her in death in 1993.
Editha moved to the U.S. in the 1950’s and attained her citizenship in 1962. She was a member of the Rochester United Methodist Church, where she taught Bible Study and Sunday school classes. Editha worked as a hostess for Red Lobster for 31 years, and taught evening German classes at Lincoln Land Community College for over 20 years. She was also a Founding Member of the German American club (DANK) and writer for the Rochester Times.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; twin sister, Gerda Motzkus; daughter-in-law, Jackie Baumhardt; and one granddaughter, Charity Blakeman.
She was survived by her sister, Gisela Motzkus; five children, James (Analeis) Baumhardt, Kathie (Phillip) Blakeman, Ronald (Debby) Baumhardt, Donald (Teresa) Baumhardt, and Deborah Richards; twelve grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at Wilson Park Funeral Home in Rochester. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield with Reverend Susan Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Rochester Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, or the Parkinson Foundation.
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