Marie (Pitz) Wilsterman



Marie (Pitz) Wilsterman - the girl in front of the door in this photo



Leona Jessie & Marie


Marie (Pitz) Wilsterman was born on October 14, 1896, in Brazil, Indiana.  William and Marie were the parents of seven children: Marie Alice, William, Charles, Paul Howard, Richard, Donald and Raymond (who was nicknamed “Tim”). William or Bill as he was called bought a truck and did some local hauling. Later he worked for Roadway Express as an owner-operator long distance truck driver.  Later he returned to driving locally.  Bill died on October 14, 1949.  After his death, Marie went to work for Yoder Bros. Company. The company produced flowers for the wholesale market. Coming from a large family, Marie learned to work hard. Her job each week was to do all the baking for the family. One of her specialties was a recipe for Ammonia Cookies.  It was an old German recipe she learned from her German grandmother.  A few of her descendants still make these cookies each Christmas.  In her later years, Marie became a diabetic and eventually lost most of her sight.   Marie died March 15th, 1988 at the age of 91 having had 7 children, 26 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.  Marie and her husband Bill Wilsterman are buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron, Ohio.