AMerican Veteran 11

Bernard Hilary Widman

October 26, 1929 ~ May 6, 2021 (age 91)


Bernard H. Widman aged 91, passed away Thursday May 6th at the Stein Hospice Center in Sandusky.  Bernie was born and raised in the Fremont Ohio area, and graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in 1947.  He served honorably in the US Army in Korea. Upon his return, he married the love of his life, Sydelle Stetzel in 1953. 

They moved their growing family to Sandusky in 1963 after he purchased the House of Donuts.  The family run business would continue to make the best donuts ever for many years!  He also made great pizza dough that he sold to area restaurants and pizza shops before retiring. 

Bernie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Parish and the Knights of Columbus.

Bernie enjoyed gardening, refinishing antiques, caning chair seats, and staying busy with projects around their homes over the years.  Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. 

He is survived by his children, Ronald, Edward (Carrie), Susan (Michael) Mikusa, Laura (Michael) Bauer, Lisa (Bradley) Hall, and Andrew (Andrea).  Seventeen grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.  Two brothers, Tom and Wilfred Widman both of Fremont; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years Sydelle; parents William and Clara (Binsack) Widman; Brothers Bill and Cyril; sister MaryAnn; daughter-in-law Diane; grandson Benjamin Widman.

The family would like to thank the staff of 1 north and 3 south at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky for their care, and Stein Hospice.

Private family visitation to be held.   A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday morning, May 12, 2021, at 10 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 429 Central Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.  Fr. Zach Brown officiating.  Cremation will take place following the service.  Interment will be held later in the Calvary Cemetery Columbariun, Sandusky.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in his name to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 429 Central Ave. Sandusky, OH 44870; Cancer Services of Erie County, 505 E Perkins Ave. Sandusky, OH 44870; or Stein Hospice Service, Inc., 1200 Sycamore line, Sandusky, OH 44870.

Arrangements are entrusted to the David F. Koch Funeral and Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Ave, Sandusky, OH 44870.  Your memories and words of comfort may be shared with Bernard’s family at 


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Mass of Christian Burial
May 12, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
429 Central Avenue
Sandusky, Ohio 44870

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