Minnie Agnes (Wittenberg) Webb, passed away early in the morning on Jan. 31, 2018, at The Gardens at Town Square in Bellevue, Wash. She was 88 years old.
Born one of eight children to Abraham and Katherine (Barthall) Wittenberg in 1929, she spent her childhood in and around Zap. As a child she was a diligent scholar and an industrious worker. She occasionally accompanied her father, a coal miner and later a school custodian, to his job sites which she found fascinating. These experiences shaped Minnie’s industrious character and her goals for the rest of her life.
After the family moved to Bismarck, she attended Saint Mary’s High School and graduated valedictorian of her class. Her academic achievements earned her the honor of being one of the first five women accepted to the business school at Fordham University in New York City, where she lived with her sister, Kathy, while attending the previously all-male school.
In 1949, Minnie married Frank Webb of Bismarck, at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck. They spent their working years in Yakima, Wash., where they settled after Frank completed dental school in 1955. There they raised seven children and, together, established a dental practice which Minnie managed until retirement in 1990.
One of the highlights of Minnie’s life was regular treks to Priest Lake, Idaho, for weeklong family gatherings which grew to include over 30 family members – children, grandchildren, and eventually great-grandchildren. Minnie – aka Granny – initiated and planned these events in every detail for over 30 years and they were made memorable by her legendary hospitality and gourmet cooking. Meals often ended with a laughing Granny proffering “just one more” banana-chocolate-chip bar and the comment, “I don’t want anyone to go away hungry or mad!”
After retirement Minnie and Frank moved to a condominium in The Devonshire in Bellevue. There they made many friends and enjoyed playing bridge and travelling. They also joined the Bellevue Athletic Club and Sacred Heart Catholic Church during this time. Minnie participated with energy in her many activities and often took on a leadership role where she worked tirelessly to achieve the excellence that was a hallmark of her life.
Minnie’s final few years were spent under the loving care of the staff at The Gardens at Town Square, where Minnie and Frank have lived since 2014. The caregivers at The Gardens say they will always remember her innate strength, humorously dubbed "love with sass" by one of the waiters. Minnie found life “an adventure” worth living and often reminded people of her belief that no matter one’s circumstances, “it’s all about attitude.”
Minnie is preceded in death by all of her siblings and by her eldest son, Michael.
She is survived by her husband, Francis (Frank) Webb; and seven of her children, Kathleen (Larry) Lee, Spokane, Wash., Margaret (Rob) Main, Bellingham, Wash., William (Barb) Webb, Mukilteo, Wash., Nancy (Tom) Street, Mill Creek, Wash., Thomas (Becky) Webb, Spokane, Jeffrey (Alison Scott) Webb, Spokane, Mary (Julie Carlton) Webb, Chandler, Ariz. She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, and a large extended family.
Viewing will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by a rosary (led by Minnie’s husband, Frank) at 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. All services will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 9460 NE 14th St., Bellevue, Wash. A graveside ceremony will follow at 1 p.m. at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery, 205 NE 205 St., Shoreline, Wash.