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Joan Pizzuro-Florita Witthaus

Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 9:06 am

Joan Emily Pizzurro, 92, of Troy, passed from this life with her family by her side at 5:05 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at the Lincoln County Medical Center in Troy.

The daughter of James McGilway and Margaret Lily (Allen) Skea, she was born Jan. 21, 1921, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In 1964, she married Vincent Anthony Pizzurro, who preceded her in death on September 12, 1983.

She is survived by: her daughter, Diane Michelle Gould and her husband, Brad, of Chesterfield; two sons, Vincent Anthony Pizzurro and his wife, Jeanette and Frank Alan Pizzurro and his wife, Sharon, all of Troy; seven grandchildren, Dawn Pizzurro, Lynne Adams, Vincent Pizzurro, Adrienne Mennemeyer, Jeremy Gould, Nathan and Mariah Pizzurro; and 10 great-grandchildren

When Mrs. Pizzurro was six years-old, her family left Scotland to seek greener pastures in Australia. She grew to adulthood there and met her husband, Vincent. They dated for six months, married and at his urging, she came to America alone as a war bride, waiting for his arrival several months later. She became a US citizen on Feb. 7, 1947. They made their home in Normandy until they moved to Troy in 1963. She was an artist in general and enjoyed oil painting, ceramics, and playing the piano to name a few of her pursuits.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at the Kemper-Marsh-Millard Family Funeral Chapel, Troy, with Steve Pinnell, pastor of St. Stephens United Methodist Church, Troy. Interment will  be in Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, following graveside services there at noon, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. To share a memory or send a condolence to the family, visit the website,


Florita Witthaus

Florita Agnes (Schmidt) Witthaus, 85, originally  of Troy, passed away at Colonial Springs Healthcare Center in Buffalo, Mo. on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

She  was born in Machen, Mo. on Aug. 30, 1927,  the daughter  of the late William F. and Florence Vogt Schmidt.  On Nov. 1, 1947 at  St. Francis Church, Portag- de- Sioux, she was joined in marriage with Virgil E. “Snap” Witthaus who preceded her in death in 2010. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage together.

Florita grew up on a farm with five brothers and three sisters.  One of her fondest memories was playing in the barn with her siblings; tunneling in the hay, roller skating in the hayloft, or jumping out of the loft onto piles of hay outside. She joined her siblings walking three miles along the Mississippi River to school, sometimes taking the shortcut through the plowed fields, and arriving with dirt clods on their feet.

She had an amazing work ethic—instilled in her at a very young age.  In St. Charles she worked for the Brown Shoe Company, and during the war she worked at a munitions plant where she learned how to solder.  Her first job was as a housekeeper for a farming couple where the hired hand caught her eye and became the man of her dreams.

Florita and Snap began their married life in Portage des Sioux, Mo. moving to New Hope near Elsberry, and finally settling in Troy.  She worked at the Mears Heel factory in Troy while Snap farmed. Their farm on Hwy H was their dream come true. Together, they and their three children, raised hogs and sold Pioneer seed corn out of the basement of their home.

Florita was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and for 25 years was a beloved bus driver for the Catholic school.  She enjoyed singing in the choir, praying the Rosary, and being involved in St. Ann’s Sodality.  She even courageously took on the role as dinner chairman for the Sacred Heart Picnic.

She cherished her time spent in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel on Tuesday mornings.  Her involvement in Cursilly only strengthened her quiet, deep faith and generous spirit that gave her strength and courage to face life’s trials and joys. She was also very involved in the community as a 4-H community and project leader, a member of the Spring Creek Extension Club, as well as a Reading Buddy at both Troy and Sacred Heart schools.

Florita and Snap had a wealth of friends and together they enjoyed pinochle games, square dancing on Saturday nights, and jitter-bugging to their favorite tunes.  A St. Louis Cardinal game was always on the television or radio unless her favorite soap, “As the World Turns” was on at the same time.

She is survived by her two daughter, Diane Marie Bockhorst and husband, Mile, of Troy, and Brenda Kathleen Paul and husband, David, of Buffalo, Mo. and one son, Gerald Virgil Witthaus and wife, Diane, of Montgomery City; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two brothers; Clarence Schmidt, of West Alton and Willis Schmidt of St. Charles.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at Kemper-Marsh-Millard Family Funeral Home/Troy Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Troy with Father Ed. Doyle officiating. Interment will be held at St. John’s Cemetery in St. Charles.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Colonial Springs Healthcare Center-Special Care unit or the charity of donor’s choice in care of Kemper- Marsh-Millard Family Funeral Chapel; P. O. Box 222, Troy Mo., 63379. Online condolences may be made at .