Verna Lee Wittmann passed away peacefully on July 25, 2012, in Shelburne, at the age of 91. Verna began her life journey on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1921, in Haynesville, Maine, the eldest child of Warren H. and Effie Pressley. Verna graduated from Ricker Classical Institute in Houlton, Maine, and Madawaska Teachers Training, now the University of Maine at Orono, Maine. She taught elementary school and during World War II moved to Connecticut where she worked at Pratt and Whitney, United Aircraft. It was there she met Lt. Cmdr. Narvin ‘Moe’ Wittmann, a Naval Officer attending M.I.T. and they married on Dec. 23, 1945. Verna became the wife of a career Naval Officer and traveled with her husband throughout the world living in Japan, California, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Following retirement from the Navy, Verna and Moe split their time between a Christmas tree farm in Effingham Falls, N.H., and Harbor Hills, in Lady Lake, Fla. In 1998, Moe and Verna moved into the Wake Robin Retirement Community in Shelburne.
She had a wide range of hobbies and interests and was an accomplished golfer, painter, and bridge player and in her later years, made beautiful silver jewelry. Verna’s husband, Moe, passed away on March 21, 2009; and one of her four children, Narvin O. Wittmann Jr. died in Vietnam in 1967 while serving with the 3rd Marine division.
Verna is survived by her children and their spouses, her grandchildren and their families. A Circle of Remembrance will be held at Wake Robin on Aug. 19, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. Funeral services and internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The NavyMarine Corps Relief Society, 875 North Randolph St., Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203-1757; or the American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.