George T. Witta

George T. Witta

Ater battling leiomyosarcoma since 2007, George Thermes Witta, 63, of Orlando succumbed, passing away on Tuesday, January 18, 2011. He will be best remembered for his smile, wit, sense of humor and, most of all, his loving heart.

George was born in Sutter Creek, Ca., on January 23, 1947, son of Fred Witta, Jr. and Mary-Belle Seibel Witta. Because his father was a career military officer, George spent his youth traveling to various stations within the United States and in Germany completing high school in San Antonio, Texas. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Texas A&M University.

In 1971 George moved to Virginia beginning his professional career with S&S Corporation (later Simmons-Rand) as a cost accountant. He progressed to data processing manager setting up all the data processing systems for this corporation and then returned to accounting manager. In 1996 George accepted a position as comptroller for a company in Mississippi and in 1999 moved to Orlando, Florida, beginning a new career in teaching with Valencia Community College. He remained in this position until his illness prohibited working. During his tenure at Valencia he influenced many students’ lives.

George was preceded in death by his mother, father, big brother, Ronald Roddan, and brother-in-law, Tom J. Altizer. Those remaining behind while he begins this new journey include his loving wife for 39 years, Lea Altizer Witta; daughters – Lori Witta Connell of Orlando, and Christina Witta Gillespie and spouse, Jason, of Short Hills, NJ; son – Benjamin George Witta of Orlando; granddaughter – Morgan Leanne Connell; brother – Fred L. Witta and spouse, Pat , of San Antonio, Tx.; sister – Mary Kay Funari and spouse, Bobby, of San Antonio, Tx; sister-in-law, Joan Roddan, of Melbourne, Fl. and London, England; sister-in-law, Faye Napier Altizer of Hagerstown, Md.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins.

George is sorely missed by we who are left behind.

Memorial services will be held at Newcomer Funeral Home (895 S. Goldenrod Rd., Orlando, Fl., 32822) January 28, 2011 at 2 pm.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to a memorial fund established in George’s name at the at the leiomyosarcoma direct research foundation: LMSarcoma Direct Research (LMSdr), Post Office Box 52697, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74152 ( or to Habitat for Humanity.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of  George T. Witta go to the the boxes to the right. 
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About Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation (LMSDR)

We collaborate with researchers and other organization to reach our mission and vision of finding treatments that will work. We have created the Leiomyosarcoma Tissue Bank for researchers to study our disease, the Leiomyosarcoma website for education and support at our leiomyosarcoma patient conferences, in Denver, Colorado, San Francisco, California, New York City, New York, and Maui, Hawaii.  Please stay in touch with our website for more upcoming events sponsored by Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation.This fund was created out of love for George T. Witta to help others win their battle with leiomyosarcoma by funding LMS specific research. Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation (LMSDR) raises donations for Leiomyosarcoma research and patient support.  We advocate directly with sarcoma researchers to study leiomyosarcoma. We offer the largest moderated support group online for leiomyosarcoma, where patients and loved ones get the latest LMS news and  personal support. The LMSDR’s website offers local support groups, details of what we do, the research we have funded and many resources for the Leiomyosarcoma community. The LMSe Alerts is our monthly newsletter, offering more updated clinical trials, news and community events. The Leiomyosarcoma Lifeline is our new blog, featuring patient stories and our well-known Long Term Thriver stories.

Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research is an all volunteer organization which George T. Witta supported.  We are proud to have Patient Registry to collect data, and ran successful blood collections for study. We have brought patients and loved ones together from all over the minimal amount of expenses as possible, to ensure your money goes directly to funding promising research for leiomyosarcoma specifically.  You can volunteer, put on fundraisers, promote LMS awareness and ask your employer for matched funds. Please consider making a donation and helping us Work, not wish, for treatments that will work for us. We have been a 501(C) (3) since 2006 and a tax-free charity.

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