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Verna Wodtli


January 30, 2019

June 14, 1927 – Jan. 19, 2019

Verna Mae Pittsley Wodtli, 91, longtime resident of Sweet Home, died Jan. 19, 2019 in Lowell after a long illness.

She was born June 14, 1927 in Carter, Wis. to George Lewis and Orabell (Serjeant) Pittsley. 

She was raised and schooled in Upper Michigan until the age of 15, when she moved with her family to Sweet Home. She graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1945.

After high school, she met and married John E. Wodtli. They built their first home on Fern Ridge on land he bought from his grandfather. They had two children, Gerald and Linda. 

Mrs. Wodtli worked most of her adult life, doing accounting in various companies in the Sweet Home area. The Wodtlis later moved to a 50-acre farm in Holley in 1959. After retirement, they moved to property they bought in La Pine.

After Mr. Wodtli's death in 2000, Mrs. Wodtli moved back to Sweet Home. In 2011, she moved to the Eugene area, living in several retirement homes before moving to Lowell.

Mrs. Wodtli is survived by her children, Dr. Gerald and daughter-in-law Shirley Wodtli of Pasco, Wash., and Linda and son-in-law Jack Coulter of Lowell; five grandchildren; six great-grandsons and six great-granddaughters; sister Lou and brother-in-law Dean Melling of Rohnert Park, Calif.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her husband John; her parents; sister Jean Miller; and brother-in-law Howard Miller. 

Services are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel, with burial immediately following at Gilliland Cemetery. 

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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