Margaret Catherine Bittner


January 2, 1923 - April 18, 2016



Margaret Catherine Bittner was born to Emmanuel and Emma (Klima Reich) Dormaier in Menno, SD, on January 2, 1923. Her dedicated work ethic, compassionate genuine relationships, and ability to push through the toughest of times were prevalent traits she gained from living through the Great Depression. She graduated from Menno High School in 1941, and her intellectual curiosity, which she continued to have throughout her whole life, drove her to graduate from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. After graduating from college, Margaret taught at a one-room schoolhouse in Clayton, SD.

While teaching, Margaret met her future husband, Harley. Early in their marriage, Margaret and Harley lived in Menno, SD, and Rushmore, MN, where Harley managed the local Farmers Union.  In 1953, they decided to start farming south of Alexandria, SD. During their farming career, Margaret supported her husband’s multiple endeavors and innovative farming techniques.  After their farming career, Margaret and Harley retired in 1979 and moved to Mitchell, SD. In retirement, they were still very active as charter members of the Grace Reformed Church and members of the SD Chapter of the Germans from Russian Heritage Society. After Harley’s death in 1988, Margaret actively volunteered at the Dakota Discovery Museum. Margaret continued to live on and meticulously maintain her acreage south of Mitchell until age 88, when she then moved into Mitchell.

Margaret truly adored her family, and she provided an excellent example, always with a great sense of humor, to her kids and grandchildren of how to live a spiritual life with strong character. For that, her family and friends are eternally grateful and will never forget the joy she brought into everyone’s life.

She is survived by three children: Norwin (Peg) Bittner and ReEtta (Ken) Horner of Sioux Falls, Gail (Rich) Meyer of Parkston; nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; sister, Elsie Esterling of Gregory; sister-in-law, Rosie Dormaier of Sioux Falls; brothers-in-law: Loren (Jayne) Bittner of Sioux Falls and Rudy (Shirley) Bittner of Mitchell.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harley, infant son, David and brothers: Harold, Elmer, Leon and Arnold.




Friday, April 22, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:30PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, April 23, 2016
10:30 AM
Grace Reformed Church
1021 South Davison Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Craig Sexton on April 28, 2016
So sorry to hear of your mom'said death. She and my mom, Emma Sexton, we're best friends. I remember visiting her often. May she Rest in peace.
Posted by Mike, Gina & Zach Schwartz on April 21, 2016
We were so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom & Grandma. Please know that our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May God wrap his loving arms around you all and comfort you in the days ahead. We love you all.
Posted by Paul and Kristin Luttrell on April 21, 2016
Dear Ken and ReEtta,
We send our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. May our Lord comfort you and give you strength in the days and weeks ahead. What little we knew of your mom, we remember her as a spark of strength and she had a twinkle in her eye. May she rest in peace in eternal life with her God and father in Heaven. We are thinking of you ReEtta. Sending a big hug!
Posted by Jan Horner on April 21, 2016
ReEtta, Ken, Seth, Sarah, Steve, I loved your mom - your grandma! She had such a spark to her every time I saw her!! She is at peace now and enjoying eternal life with God in Heaven.
God bless you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Jan
Posted by Milton & Lovella Schrader on April 20, 2016
We extend our sympathy to her family.
Posted by Lori Rumbolz on April 19, 2016
My deepest condolences to all of you.
We've lost a wonderful soul. Your Mom has been such a great friend to my Mom
Blessings to all of you
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