Marilyn Wittner

Obituary of Marilyn Wittner

Wittner, Marilyn Tribble died on August 10th 2022, at her home in Tampa. Born February 26th, 1937, in Anderson, South Carolina, Marilyn was loved and respected by her children, grandchildren, sister, extended family, friends and colleagues. She was known for her kindness, honesty, boundless work ethic, sense of duty and her deep, pervasive love.

After graduating from her beloved Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia,  she moved to Tampa in 1958 where Marilyn began her education career as an English teacher at Madison Junior High School. She then met the love of her life, Dr. Harvey Wittner. After marrying in 1960, they raised three sons, Jay, Fred, and Jon in Carrollwood, Florida.

In 1971, she earned a Masters in Education from the University of South Florida and resumed her career as an educator for Hillsborough County Public Schools. She later became principal of Gorrie Elementary School, then Essrig Elementary School. She was recognized as the top Elementary School Principal in the Hillsborough County school district for three consecutive years from 1985-1988. Marilyn rose to the position of General Director of Human Resources for Hillsborough County Public Schools. In 1997, she was a finalist for the Visionary of the Year award for the Hillsborough County school district. After retiring in 2000, Marilyn began an educational consulting career working with Hillsborough County and other local school districts.

Marilyn was a dedicated member of Congregation Rodeph Sholom for 64 years. She sat on the Board of Directors from 1968-1972 and 2001-2006.  She served as President of the synagogue from 2006-2007, and was recognized as Member of the Year in 2001.

Marilyn was a voracious reader, a gifted writer and a lover of travel. She explored the world with Harvey and was passionate about sharing travel with her children and grandchildren.

Marilyn, a wife and mother of endless devotion, is survived by her sister and best friend, Betty Tribble; her sons Jay, Fred, and Jon; daughters-in-law Nancy and Katherine; granddaughters Victoria and Marlee, as well as many extended family and friends both near and far.

Marilyn was predeceased by her husband Dr. Harvey Wittner, mother Myrl Obert Tribble and father Fredrick Tribble.

Services will be held at Congregation Rodeph Sholom on Sunday, August 14th, 2022 at 2 p.m., 2713 Bayshore Blvd in Tampa, FL with a gravesite service to follow at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Marilyn’s honor to Rodeph Sholom Synagogue or Hillsborough Education Foundation.

Her funeral has been arranged by David C. Gross Funeral Home in St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 381-4911.


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