d. April 6, 2014
Paulene Francis Layher Bitners, age 47, ended her battle with breast cancer on April 6, 2014.
During her 18 years at North Davis Elementary, she taught third grade and kindergarten, she was beloved by parents and students alike and, during recent weeks, has received many words of comfort from former students and parents. She was a staunch supporter of Davis Little League and could frequently be seen keeping score at games. Paulene had an uncanny ability to recognize people’s needs and was able to help them in her own special way. She will be greatly missed by her family and those whose lives she touched.
She is survived by her husband, Andrew L. Bitners; sons Nathan and Nolan, and daughter Nellee; brothers and sisters-in-law Floyd and Han Layher of Fair Oaks and Phil and Susan Layher of Algonquic, Ill.; and sister Janette Layher, and mother Mariann Layher, both of Woodland. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Francis Layher, and infant son, Paul Andrew.
A funeral service will begin at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, held at the River Cities Funeral Chapel, 910 Soule St., West Sacramento, CA 95691, 916-371-4535.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Me-One Foundation, P.O. Box 135, Roseville, CA 95678. The Me-One Foundation hosts Camp Challenge for cancer patients, survivors and their families. It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible.