After more than six combined decades of service, Marcia Matthies and Wilbert Wittmuss will be retiring from their positions at Fairview Cemetery.

Matthies, the cemetery’s secretary, was in charge of keeping track of the lot and payments, and recruiting volunteers.

Matthies and her husband Ted will be moving to western Nebraska to be close to their sons. The two are lifelong Sarpy County residents.

Wittmuss, the cemetery’s treasurer, began volunteering after he retired from Union Pacific in 1980. Before working as a treasurer, he would mow the cemetery where both of his parents and his daughter are buried. As treasurer, he was responsible for putting out an annual report, among other responsibilities.

“I guess I figured it was long enough,” Wittmuss said. “I thought it was time for someone younger. I’m gonna be 89 next month, so I thought it was time for someone younger to take over.”

Wittmuss and his wife Delores have lived in Sarpy County for most of their lives, except for Wittmuss’ time in the Army and a 12-year period in Salt Lake City. They now live in La Vista.

Both Matthies and Wittmuss were recognized at a cemetery board meeting on April 21.

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