Mary Jeanette Bitter, 80, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully Tuesday (Jan. 15, 2013).
After earning her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Illinois
, Jeanette became a tireless supporter of the welfare of children, serving as president of United Way of Illinois and co-founding Voices for Illinois Children.
She was the beloved wife of 57 years to Dr. James E. Bitter; loving mother of Dr. Patricia Lee O'Brien, and James (Rika), John, and Stephen (Connie) Bitter; dear aunt of Katie (John) Stoops; and proud grandmother of four.
MEMORIAL SERVICES: 2 p.m. April 26 in Fourth Presbyterian Church, North Michigan Avenue at Delaware Place, Chicago.
MEMORIALS: Voices for Illinois Children, (312) 516-5552, www.voices4kids.org.
ARRANGEMENTS: Cremation Society of Illinois.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.