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Wesley Sean Dittrich Witbeck II, 17, of Savannah, Georgia, died Friday morning, April 1, 2022.

Born in Royal Oak, Michigan, he was a son of Wesley Sean Dittrich Witbeck and Stefanie Karie Suydam. Wesley was a member of Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church where he sang in the church choir. He was on a career track at Woodville-Tomkins Career High School to be a welder. Wesley was a talented singer, who, at 16, was asked to sing in the church adult choir. He also sang at the Beaches of Normandy and the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France, Carnegie Hall, and Disney World. Wesley enjoyed boxing and working out at the gym, playing video games and pickle ball, traveling, and time spent with motorcycles and cars, especially Miatas and his Z4 BMW, which he washed daily.

Survivors include his father, Wesley Sean Dittrich Witbeck; his mother, Stefanie Karie Suydam; his sister, Madison Carol May Witbeck; his half-sister, Aurelia Gabrielle Suydam Teichroew; his paternal grandparents, Gary and Judy Witbeck; his maternal grandparents, Stephen and Linda Suydam; his uncle, Matt Witbeck; cousins including Julia and Richard Witbeck, and great-aunts and great-uncles.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 Friday, April 8, 2022, at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church – 429 Abercorn Street.

A memorial service will be held at 7 o’clock Friday evening, April 8, 2022, at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church conducted by the Reverend Dr. Benton C. Martin. Interment will be private.

Remembrances: Helping One of Our Own – c/o Chatham Emergency Services – 1399 Dean Forest Road, Savannah, Georgia 31405-9307.

Online Condolences

  1. Kerry Shaw says:

    My heartfelt condolences to Sean and Madison! Wes was a kind, caring, pleasant young man who grew up before my eyes. Always with a pleasant greeting and smile for all that those he met.
    The world lost a fascinating and wonderful young man.
    May God hold Wes in the Palm of His hand!

  2. Kerry Shaw says:

    My heartfelt condolences to Sean and Madison! Wes was a kind, caring, pleasant young man who grew up before my eyes. Always with a pleasant greeting and smile for all that he met.
    The world lost a fascinating and wonderful young man.
    May God hold Wes in the Palm of His hand

  3. Tamara Corbin says:

    My heart is with the entire Witbeck family in this time of sorrow. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Wes was a very special young man and will be deeply missed. May God wrap his arms around you all and continue to comfort you during this time of sorrow
    – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid~ John 14:27

  4. Teresa Hosti says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Keeping the family and friends in my thoughts and prayers!

  5. George and Linda Fidler says:

    We have known Wesley since he was in elementary school. He was always a happy and polite child willing to do anything to help us. He was a gifted singer, taking part in many choruses. He also was always on the go- graduating from his bike to motor scooter to his prized sports car which we were afraid he was going to wash the paint right off! His happy soul will be missed by those of us who saw him often. The world has lost a wonderful person and Heaven’s choir of angels has gained a new voice. We will missp you, Wesley.

  6. Cathy Humphreys says:

    My heart is so saddened hearing the loss of Wesley.
    An incredible young man , who was just beginning an amazing life. May God bless your family at this sorrowful time.
    My prayers are with you.

  7. Traci Yancey and Sarah Rodriguez says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    We are praying for the family..

  8. Julia(JJ) Sanders says:

    Wes was my best friend and easily the sweetest person I have ever met. We were each other’s shoulder to cry on and person to talk about cars with. He would send me constant pictures of his Z4 after almost every wash and would send me videos to hear the beautiful sound we both so loved from that car. We talked each other through a lot which was so special because he did not love opening up to people. We have laughed together, cried together, and fought together. He was such a compassionate person and I am in constant tears about the fact that I will not get to see that beautiful dopey smile paired with those witty comments he loved to give just because he knew they would tick me off. He always bragged that he knew just how to push my buttons from day one and he did. But I could do the same for him and he knew that. We acted like siblings in the best ways. We played off of each other which Mr. Reid didn’t always love in American Lit because Wes and I were also quite chatty at times in class when we maybe shouldn’t have been. I remember him thinking it was so cool that I had Tie-Dyed my own sweater for school and saying that he wished he could do that. He gave me one of his hoodies and told me to do whatever I wanted with it. I bleach-painted that sweater for twelve hours just so I could say I got him the best birthday present. I knew I had to make it fantastic because even though he said he didn’t care I knew that was one of his favorite hoodies and that it was super expensive. It was so worth it when I saw his face light up when he saw it. It’s things like that simple smile that made my day. He had the ability to cheer you up with one look or one joke. Wes, I will forever miss you and be eternally grateful for the help you have given me in my time of need. Please say Hi to our wonderful terriers up there for me and give mine some pets from me. I love you, – JJ

  9. Angelina Stack says:

    Wesley was always kind to everyone and his love for singing shone brightly throughout his life. My condolences to all friends and families, he was unlike any other and will be heavily missed.

  10. Marilyn Sheridan says:

    I felt a stab in my heart when I saw the announcement. I only barely knew this wonderful and talented person, but his talent was legend, and I heard it in person.

    He performed with his peers at a function and afterwards stayed for a lunch with his fellow singers. He sat by himself so I had time to talk with him about his love of music. He was exceptional….a gift that was beyond just being a singer, and everyone knew it. It was such a joy to actually hear him sing.

    I am so sorry for your loss and for the loss to the world of this wonderful young man. I know how much he was loved by his family and friends.

  11. Treasure Corbin says:

    To my silly, handsome, strong, extremely talented, and smart weasel. To me you were a lot of things my best friend, tutor, boyfriend, and so much more. There is so many things i wish we could’ve done together but instead of staying within my sadness on the things we didn’t do I’m going to be happy about the things we did do. We sang, laughed, joked, cried, watched movies, ate our favorite foods, played video games, and grew together. You are the most amazing person that i could have surrounded myself with and for that i want to thank you. I enjoyed every moment I’ve had with you even though our time together has been brief you made me the happiest i have been i a long time and I’m going to miss that. You showed me all the ways a man should treat me in a relationship. How he should respect me, care for me, cherish me, and love me the way that you always showed me you did. I’m never going to get over this loss and you will forever be in my thoughts. Please wait for me with popcorn by your side i know your going to make it just fine. I’m sorry i couldn’t tell you how much i love you one last time but please know that i did and still do love you always and for. You were the most beautiful human on earth and you make the amazing sky now that you have left it and the views that you show me will be something i will forever cherish. You are my first love and i know you are looking after me and Taylor this fact brings me a little peace. Everything that you wanted me to achieve i will never give up on I’ll be sure to make you proud. I love you Weasel and I’ll make all our future plans come true don’t you worry. I love you ~ Treasure/your Darling

  12. Christopher LeCount says:

    Wesley was a brilliant and talented young man. It was a pleasure to teach him at Woodville. I pray for the comfort of his family and friends during this difficult time. He will be sorely missed.

  13. Donna Sanders says:

    Our family is so deeply saddened and sorry for your loss. Wesley and two of our daughters were great friends, meeting through school. Both our daughters speak very highly of Wesley and always light up when talking of his sense of humor and generous spirit. Our Julia and Wes were quick pals when she started at Woodville Tompkins, her transitioning to a new school was a much easier experience because of his kindness and friendship. He quickly became her best friend and I know she will always hold him in her heart. I never met Wesley, but did see him driving his convertible Z4, with the wind in his hair, enjoying life; that is how I will think of him. I know he was a remarkable young man and deeply touched everyone who knew him.

    Our family offers our sincere condolences.

  14. Jo Anna Hayes says:

    I met Wesley thru the choir at Wesley Monumental. We always joked about Wesley from Wesley! We talked several times about his future plans and his path to choosing welding. He seemed a bit wiser than his age. He always had a smile and was very quick-witted. My daughter attended middle school with Wesley. She doesn’t warm-up to very many people, but Wesley became her friend. He was just that kind of kid who wanted to be a friend to everyone. I will miss seeing him at church and hearing him sing in the choir.

  15. Debby luskey says:


    I am so sorry for your loss. May his memory be for blessings.

  16. Susan Linton says:

    I had the pleasure of teaching math to Wesley at Garrison. He was always such a kind spirit. Looking at all of the comments thus far, it is evident that Wesley, in his short time on earth, made a very large impact on those surrounding him. Sending love and prayers to everyone hurting over this loss.

  17. Kalen Pinckney says:

    Wesley, I will miss your daily stops by my classroom. I will miss our conversations about culture, history, politics, and video games. I enjoyed our time in the classroom and out on the cross country course. You were one of the most honest and straightforward students that I ever had the pleasure of working with. I’ll always appreciate our time together. Your insight and opinions were always so impactful. You were wise beyond your years. Rest easy my friend. -Coach Pinckney

  18. Jon Lanesky says:

    Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. Please remember that you are not alone… We are always here for you.

  19. John Tisbert says:

    I will miss you, Wesley. Your voice brought joy to so many people and your talent was an inspiration to us all. You will live on in my memory. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

  20. Addie Stooksbury says:

    Rest easy Wesley you were a great friend to me and the moments I had with you are memories I will cherish forever You we’re such a kind person and always made the people around you smile your jokes and little funny comments was always something that made me happy I miss you so much you will never know how much you meant to me you made a big impact on my life just by the little things you did like talking about ur car none stop or spamming me with funny TikTok’s and then quoting them every second of the day I miss you too much -addie

  21. The Garvins says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. While we did not know him really well, our girls just joined the choir and have spoken about him and his gift. God caries you and we will keep you in our prayers.

  22. Carol Kumins says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
    Carol & Barry

  23. Skylar Parchman says:

    I’m going to miss you bro, u were a kind, funny, out of the blue type of dude, respectful, and a passionate person especially for the things you strived in life. We’re going to miss you bro and I can’t believe your gone. I look everyday we’re your bmw was parked and always think, “damn I can’t believe he’s really gone”. Feel like a missing piecerr to a puzzle not seeing you in the classroom, in the hallway, nor outside showing off you beautiful car. Hopefully your watching over us and being our lil guardian angel. Always keep you in our prayers big homie. Love you bro
    Ps: your a big head also Xytavious take care of Wesley for me, show him around a lil bit.

  24. Tristan Gerhardt says:

    Wesley was one of the few people in my life where I could clearly expressed my problems to. We would go for late night rides in his BMW and just talk about how each other we’re doing. A little over two weeks ago on the weekend of St. Patrick’s day Wesley was at my house to spend the night. We dove into downtown picked up some Pepsi nitros and then drove to Forsyth park And walked around for a little bit. And then headed back to the car. Then we drove passed our old middle school just for fun to see if any thing had changed. After all that it was getting late so we headed back to my house. We pretty much fell right to sleep after that. Then at around 10 am Wesley left to go back home. Little did I know that would be the last time I would ever see him. And my life would change for ever. I want to send my thoughts and condolences to his family and the rest of his friends. And I want everyone to understand what a incredible person he was. Goodbye Wesley, I will forever miss you.

  25. Leslie Mathews says:

    Judy, We know how dear your precious grandson was to you. You were such a consistent loving presence and support in his life. Wishing you comfort as you grieve his loss. Love. Leslie and Larry

  26. Allison Rick says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Obviously he passed way sooner then anyone expected. It should remind us to treat everyday as a blessing because we don’t know when God will call us home.

    ❤ Love,

    Rockie, Allison, & Dylan

  27. Serena Suydam & Cousins Davin & Steven says:

    John 16:22

    So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

    Our hearts are with Wesleys mother Stefanie Suydam & Wesleys sisters Madison & Aurelia today.

    Dearest Wesley you are so loved by us. We are absolutely devastated hearing this news. I am sorry we are unable to be there today to celebrate your precious life. I wish we could have had more time with you. I will always remember you as the sweetest, most kindhearted loving little boy you were. I am so proud of the young man you have become. Your memory will live on in our hearts forever. Rest easy sweetheart.

    Auntie Serena

    Condolences to the Witbeck family as well as Wesleys friends & loved ones.

  28. Ken & Paula Wolfston says:

    Witbeck family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you are with you all.

  29. Susan Donovan says:

    I just heard about Wesley. My heart is broken. I loved that sweet boy from the day he walked into my first grade class. I am praying for all his family and friends. A light gone to soon!

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