George Carl Hittner, age 91, a resident of Watkins Manor in Winona, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, after a brief stay at Sauer Health Care.
George was born August 21, 1921, in Winona, Minn., to Frank and Anna (Bingold) Hittner. He graduated from Winona Senior High and St. Mary’s College, Winona, with a bachelor’s degree in economics. On October 12, 1946, he married Olive Angst of Winona. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, retiring as a Commander in the Naval Reserves after serving 20 more years. He was employed as a cattle buyer for Swift in Winona until 1970, when it closed, then relocated to Iowa City, Iowa. He moved back to Winona in 1980 and worked for Central Livestock, Minneapolis, until the time of his retirement.
George was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where he was involved in several ministries during his retirement years. These ranged from supervising the playground and being a money counter to establishing Mass services at Sauer Memorial Home. Before moving to Iowa, he was a longtime member of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. He was also a member of Westfield Golf Club, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and bowling league at Halrod Lanes. He spent much of his spare time selflessly caring for his father and older brother in their later years. He also shared his love of the outdoors with his family including boating, water-skiing, canoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating and camping.
He is survived by his bride of 67 years, Olive, Winona; four children: Carol (Howard) Holz, Edina, Minn., Joan (Mick) Owens, Cincinnati, Ohio,, Mark (Mary) Hittner, New Bern, N.C., and Susan (Michael) O’Brien, Winona; 14 grandchildren: Krista (Jeff) Goudy, Kelly (Mike) Latham, Mary Holz, Heather (Jake) Kvanbeck, Mark (Maria) Owens, Katie (Paul) Fries, David (Amy) Owens, Hans Hittner, Greta (Troy) Hittner-Bennet, Heidi Hittner, Andy O’Brien, Tim (Alicia) O’Brien, Dan (Nina) O’Brien and Rebecca O’Brien; 12 great- grandchildren; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers: Leo, Art, Frank, Ray, and Albert; two sisters: Bernice Reuter and Lorraine Hittner.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winona. The Reverend Robert Stamschror and the Reverend James Berning will concelebrate.
George will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery, where the American Legion Leon J. Wetzel Post #9 of Winona will provide full military honors.
Visitation will be held in the Commons of St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Saturday, August 3, 2013, from 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.
The family prefers memorials to: Catholic Relief Services, 228 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, Maryland, 21201-3443, or the Catholic Schools Foundation of Winona, Minnesota, 1115 W. Broadway, Winona, Minn., 55987.
Online condolences or memories may be left for George’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com
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