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Nicholas Franklin Wittman Sr

October 16, 1929 ~ May 11, 2020 (age 90)

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Mr. Nicholas Wittman, Sr age 90, of Hillman, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 16, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan to the late, Nicholas and Mildred (Errer) Wittman. He married the love of his life, Johanna Bachman, on September 17, 1949 in Sebewaing, Michigan and together they were the best example of married love celebrating 68+ years of marriage. They moved to the Hillman area in 1974 where they were successful dairy farmers until retiring to the lake house in 1998. They owned and operated Mystic Acres Dairy Farm for many years in Sebewaing and then relocated the farm to Hillman where it remained in operation until 1992. Nick was an active member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus having served as Grand Knight four times. He was also past member of the Farm Bureau, ASCS, and FmHA and a honorary member of the FFA. He enjoyed his family, sports, dancing, watching Gunsmoke, playing solitaire, reading his daily devotionals, praying the rosary, and taking pontoon rides on Long Lake.

 

He is survived by his three sons and five daughters, Nick (Kathy) Wittman Jr; Bill Wittman; Joe Wittman all of Hillman; Mary Schwalm of Dansville; Teresa (Bob Clark) Hornbacher; Jan (Steve) Behring; Lynn (Neil) Morrison all of Hillman; Ann (Kris Duchene) Herrick of St. Clair; and 25 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren. He is preceded by his wife, Johanna; his parents, Nick and Mildred Wittman; sister, Mildred Mann; and brother, Peter; grandchildren, Maria Wittman; Amy Jo Wittman; Nicholas Wittman V; great-grandson, Michael Hunt; and son-in-law, Kevin Herrick.

 

Nick will be laid to rest at St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery in Hillman. A memorial mass will be held in celebration of his life at a later date once the COVID 19 restrictions are lifted.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Compassus Hospice, 12480 State Street, Suite 10 Atlanta, Michigan 49709.

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