Sarah Witte

Sarah Emily Witte (Smart)

Saturday, May 26th, 1934 - Monday, June 1st, 2020
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Sarah Emily (Smart) Witte, 86, of Atchison, KS passed away on Monday, June 1, 2020 at the Atchison Senior Village surrounded by her three daughters.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Robert Ziegler officiating. Burial will follow in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Rushville, MO. The family will receive friends and family one hour before the funeral at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment Fund and may be sent in care of the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home who is handling the arrangements. Condolences and remembrances to the family may be left online at

Sarah was born on May 26, 1934 in Atchison KS the daughter of Doug A. and Mary H. (Hilligoss) Smart, Sr. She attended Atchison High School. Sarah worked as a caregiver and florist. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and served on the Kennedy Evangelism calling team for many years. Sarah enjoyed visiting and sharing the gospel with many people she talked with and spent a lot of her time in a card ministry to all the servicemen in the military and to all the people she knew. Sarah also enjoyed painting, gardening, canning, baking and candy making, crocheting and especially spending time with her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was married to Albert E. Witte on Oct. 12, 1950 at the Carol Baptist Church, Atchison KS. He preceded her in death on Jan. 10, 2018. Survivors include three daughters, Pam (Dean) Harden, Everest, KS, Sandy Peuker, Rushville, MO., Cindy (Allen) Harden, Lancaster, KS., a son-in-law Robert Delzeit, Rushville, MO., a sister Patricia Turner, Atchison, KS , eight grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren. Her parents, husband Albert, a daughter Jeannie Delzeit, a great granddaughter Rheagan Smith and great grandson Jayden Filbert, three brothers Robert, Douglas and Thomas Smart, three sisters Bessie and Betty Smart, and twin sister Mary Moore preceded her in death.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    603 N. 8th St.
    ATCHISON, KS 66002
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  • Service

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 11:00am
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    603 N. 8th St.
    ATCHISON, KS 66002
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Robert Ziegler
  • Interment

    Sugar Creek Cemetery
    HWY 116
    RUSHVILLE, MO 64484
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Alison Strubberg

Posted at 04:57pm
I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Mom. My mom was also a resident at Senior Village, and Sarah inspired me with her love for the Lord and always a kind word to lend to ALL, along with always remembering the residents with encouraging cards and birthday wishes. She will truly be missed.
May God's peace and love surround you and lift you up during this difficult time.
Alison Ohlmann Strubberg


Posted at 03:30pm
Our Sympathies to you. May God hold you in His hands as always but especially in the upcoming days.
Archie & Kristine Sharp

Teresa Ulrich

Posted at 02:55pm
Our thoughts and prayers to the Smart and Witte families on the passing of their beloved sister, mother, mentor, and grandmother. May the memories that linger be those of joy and laughter.
The Robert and Maxine Ulrich families

Deborah Sass

Posted at 11:09pm
So sorry for the loss of Sarah. Praying for the Witte and Smart families. It's hard to loose a parent. Thinking of you Pam and Sandy.

Shelly Wallace

Posted at 10:18pm
Sarah you were a sweet lady and I loved our little talks we had and the laughs we had. I will never forget about you and how you loved Jesus!!! You will be missed dearly and you will always hold a special place in my heart. When I told you I was leaving Senior Village I remember you cried and you made me cry. My last day there was so hard because I was leaving my residents that I loved as if they were my own family. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to take care of you and Albert. I learned a lot from you. I will always love and miss you my sweet dear friend. RiP my sweety

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