Wilma Elsie Lucille Titze was born January 8, 1920 to William and Hermina (Batterman) Bertram in rural Douglas County. She grew up in rural Douglas County where she attended Rock Ridge Country School. She married Orville Titze on September 8, 1940 at Flensburg Lutheran Church in rural Dimock. She was a cake baker, cook, farm worker, day care provider, and was known in the region as “The Cake Lady”.
She is survived by her sons: Rodney (Mary) Titze, Mitchell and Lowell (Juanita) Titze, Mitchell; daughters: Charolette Peterson, Mitchell and VaLon (George) Marquardt, Mitchell; eleven grandchildren: Bryan Titze, Davyd Titze, Carin McManus, Nicole Neugebauer, Merit Gause, Dawn Jackson, April Peterson, Shane Sampson, LeAnn Kayser, James Marquardt and Hayley Marquardt; eight step-grandchildren: Tony Nunez, Troy Nunez, Nicole Kuzmicic, Michelle Pitti, Brandon Schoepf, Sarah Swenson, Jennifer Mayer and Marcy Rasmussen; twenty-four great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville; grandchildren: Jason Titze, Heather Marquardt and Laura Jo Marquardt; and one brother, Ernest Bertram and five sisters: Dorothea Storm, Minnie Lau, Marie Neugebauer, Viola Plamp Wieczorek and Amanda Bertram; daughter-in-law, Sandra Titze and son-in-law, Robert Sampson.