Waltraud "Wally” Martha Jütte Howe, 86, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018 at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski, IL.
Wally was born on June 14, 1931 in Simmerhausen, Germany.
She was the daughter of August Johann and Wilhelmina Katarina Eberhardt Jütte. She met her husband, Robert William "Bill” while he was stationed at Rothwesten Air Force Base, and they were married in Germany on September 4, 1954. He preceded her in death in 2007.
Wally was a Member of Zion Lutheran Church and the American Legion Auxiliary Post #447.
Wally was a homemaker, an awesome cook and baker. She has made many pans of äpfelstrudel, sweet rolls, bags of homemade noodles for family and friends, and Christmas on Vinegar Hill. She loved gardening and since her stroke in 2015, kept hoping for energy so she could get back out in her yard.
She loved people and never knew a stranger. She enjoyed her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family; as well as the Friday night group, her bridge club friends, and the Legion Auxiliary gals. Wally and Bill were very supportive of their grandchildren’s activities and Wally was known only as Omi (endearing slang term for grandma in German) to many. She was a great influence on her grandchildren…. "Always say hello when entering a room or seeing someone, never wear your hat indoors, always say please and thank you, when you do a job, do it right the first time, respect your elders, treat everyone the way you want to be treated, and no elbows on the table.”
Wally is survived by her children, Greg (Charissa) Howe, and Julie (Carl) Oglesby; her grandchildren, Katie (Tyler) White, Kristen (Brian) Griffiths, Kim (Jesse) Martin, Kelsey Oglesby, Breanna Howe, and Roman Howe; her four great-grandsons with one on the way, Preston and Phinn White, Lukas and Mikah Martin, and baby Griffiths.
Wally was also preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Margot Jütte Robinson of Easley, South Carolina.
Services for Wally will be held at 10:00a.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will take place from 4:00-7:00pm on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at The Family Life Center in Mt. Pulaski, IL. Burial will follow the services at Lake Bank Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski. Memorial donations may be made in Wally’s name to The American Legion Auxiliary Post #447.