Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 9:45-10:45am
Roth Library of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
1 Trinity Place, Greenville, PA
Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 11:00am
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
1 Trinity Place, Greenville, PA
Rev. Brenda Martin, Pastor, officiating
Inurnment will be in Cold Spring Cemetery
Paul James Bittler, Jr., age 75, of The Colony at St. Paul's Senior Living Communuity, went to his eternal home on Wednesday August 18, 2021 in UPMC Jameson. He was born on November 2, 1945 in Lockport, NY to Paul James and Doris Elizabeth (Roggow) Bittler, Sr. He graduated from Lockport Senior High School and from the University of Buffalo with a degree in computer science in 1968.
His employment included teaching at Bryant and Stratten Business Institute, Buffalo, NY and Computer Learning Centers in Boston, MA, and Long Island, NY. He retired from Select Systems Inc, Engelwood Cliffs, NJ as a systems manager. Paul and Susan M. Rissmiller were married on November 27, 1971, almost 50 years. Paul was a life long Lutheran, having been an active member of the congregations where he lived, the last being Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Greenville. Over the years he has served as congregational treasurer, many church councils, different committees and always sang in the choir from childhood until declining health prevented him from singing to God's glory several years ago. His humblest and most rewarding position was serving as Eucharistic Ministry Coordinator at HTLC. After retiring to Greenville from Long Island, Paul sang with the Messiah Community Choir, Bach Society in Grove City, Heritage Day Committee and volunteering at the Good Shepard Food Pantry.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Sarah Bittler and son Paul Bittler, III (Stephanie), granddaughters, Kathleen and Jeanette, all from Long Island; sister Emmajean Bittler, Lockport; three nieces and six nephews and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1 Trinity Place, Greenville, PA 16125 or to The Good Shepherd Center, 10 N. Water St., Greenville, PA 16125. Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.
I am so sorry to hear about Paul’s passing. My deepest condolences to you and his family.
My sincere sympathy to Sue and Emmy. as well as their “kids”.
Paul and I were lifelong friends. We grew up on the same street in Lockport.– part of the Spalding Street “gang”. We played Kick the Can, Hide and Seek, etc. After supper, we could play until the street lights came on. Paul’s dad had a special whistle for him to come home. During summer vacation, we often went to Olcott Beach. Those were great days.
Paul was a fairly quiet fellow, not ever loud… except when he laughed. When I said something he’d agree with, all he’d say was “ditto”. Oh! he never used foul or inappropriate language, a rarity in modern culture.
In 2007 we took a two-week “road trip” to Tennessee and St. Louis. Saw great things like Graceland and the Grand Old Opry. We got lost only once, but ended up in Mississippi. Now I can say where the “Middle of Nowhere” is.
They say, you’re judged by the company you keep. Well I can honestly say that Paul was a truly decent, loyal friend. Also, he was immensely proud of his family. Sue was the “love of his life”.
My life was enriched by knowing Paul. We’ll all miss him like crazy.
Paul was surely greeted with open arms and a “well done , my good and faithful servant”
He was one of the most sincere, caring persons I have known….. for the better part of 70 years.
Hoping that Sue, their children and grandchildren ( he was the picture perfect proud Grandfather) and Emmy find peace in knowing his faith and service to his church and community will be a constant reminder of his goodness. We know you will find smiles in your memories.
Grief is the price we pay for love, and Paul was and always will be , loved.
Peach to all of you.
Oh my Sue, so so sorry, so so sad for you. I will call you after awhile but you and Paul are in my prayers always. Love you, roomie. God bless.
Dear Susan, Sarah, and Paul,
My heart goes out to you during the time of sorrow as you grieve the loss of your husband and father. I’m sorry that I will not be able to visit for the funeral, but you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May the peace of God be with you.
Bob and I send our condolences to Sue, Sarah, Paul and his family. We enjoyed many visits with Paul and Sue in Greenville after sharing choir experiences at church. We will miss him.
For the Family of Paul Bittler..you are all in our thoughts & Prayers, may warm thoughts And loving memories of Paul comfort you all during these sad times.
We have all lost someone special. As a friend of Emmy’s you were also a friend of Paul
Heaven is a better place now.
Condolences to Emmy, Sue and family.