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Obituary for Velma WITZEL (Yantzi)

WITZEL: Velma, 91, formerly of Tavistock, passed into the presence of her Lord and Saviour at Knollcrest Lodge, Milverton on Monday, September 4, 2023.

She was born in East Zorra Township, Oxford County on December 31, 1931 a daughter of the late Jacob R. and Mary (Iutzi) Yantzi.

She was a member of Faith Mennonite Church, Kingwood. Velma was predeceased by her husband, Maurice Christian Witzel on June 24, 2005. Will be dearly missed by her stepchildren, Judy Brenneman (Doug 2017), (Gerald “Gerry” Witzel 2020) and Linda Diehl, Donna and Dwight Zehr, Jim and Donna Witzel, Larry and Marianne Witzel, Connie and Cliff Kemp, Murray Witzel, Roger Witzel; 21 grandchildren; 50 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Edna Yantzi, Elma Yantzi, Beatrice Schultz.

Velma was predeceased by her brothers, sisters and their spouses, Oliver and Ada Yantzi, William and Vera Yantzi, Lucinda Yantzi, Omer and Marie Yantzi, Andrew and Doris Yantzi, Elmer Yantzi, Nelson and Ruth Yantzi, Marie Yantzi, Arthur Yantzi; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Melvin and Ruby Witzel, Ron Schultz.

Relatives and friends will be received in the Francis Funeral Home, 77 Woodstock Street North, Tavistock on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A graveside committal service will be held at the East Zorra Mennonite Cemetery, 16th Line, Tavistock on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 1 pm. The funeral service will be held at Faith Mennonite Church, Kingwood on Saturday at 3 pm.

Family and friend can watch the service via live stream if you Click here to view service.

A special thanks to the Health Care Providers at Knollcrest Lodge. Your exceptional care and compassion has been a blessing.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to Faith Mennonite Church, Kingwood or Wycliffe Bible Translators would be appreciated and may be made through the Francis Funeral Home by calling 519-655-2431. Personal condolences can be posted at