Nicholas F. Bergman, 88

Nicholas F. Bergman, 88, of Botkins, died at 12:45 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center. 

He was born on Aug. 23, 1924, in Egypt, to the late Fred and Katherine (Dircksen) Bergman. 

On Sept. 27, 1947, he married Norma Berning  in St. Patrick, and she survives in Botkins. 

He is also survived by children, Diane and Joe Pohlman of Cassella, Betty Shardo and fiancé Joe Mescher of Versailles, Mary Moeller and friend Mike Schneider of New Bremen, Tom and Mary Bergman of McDonough, Ga., Linda and Melvin Behr of Wapakoneta, Jeanne and Tom Boerger of Fort Loramie, Nicholas Bergman Jr. of Jackson Center, Ron and Jeanie Bergman of Botkins, John and Janet Bergman of Botkins, Elaine and Steve Luthman of Anna; 40 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. 

He was a veteran of the US Army in the Philippines during World War II and a member of American Legion Post 241 New Bremen. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Botkins, the Rev. Pat Slonecker and Rev. Dan Hess, officiants. 

Friends may call at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Minster from 2 p.m. to 8  p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

Burial will take place with full military honors at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Rhine.

Memorials may be made to State of the Heart Hospice and Heritage Manor Activity Fund.

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