Norman August Nickel of Bay City, formerly of Reese, age 82, our hardworking, generous, and helpful husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend passed away on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Bay Shores Senior Care & Rehab. Norm was born in Munger on May 1, 1936, the son of the late Henry and Myrtle (Krause) Nickel. While driving down Center St. in Fairgrove, he happened to meet the former Elizabeth Cartwright. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on April 24, 1954. After 30 years of dedicated service, Norm retired from General Motors – Saginaw Steering Gear, where he was a Job Setter for most of his career. He was a talented woodworker, who enjoyed furniture making and was well known for his love of helping at Bay Shore Camp in Sebewaing, where he left his mark on many of the buildings.
Norm and Elizabeth enjoyed spending three weeks every summer traveling the country. Having made it to 48 states, his favorite stops were always Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. As a young man, Norm enjoyed hunting (especially pheasants) and fishing. A wonderful storyteller, and friend to many, Norm’s kind and dedicated ways will always live on.
Norm leaves to carry on his legacy, his loving wife of nearly 65 years, Elizabeth Nickel and their five children: Barbara (Ken) Herndon, Donna (Larry) List, Karen (Peter) Kunz, Susan Szczesniak, and David (Kristen) Nickel; 27 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce (Chuck) Keyes and brother, Gerald “Jerry” (Susan) Nickel; in-laws: Fred Keyes, Jean Nickel, Burt Gross, Maryann Cartwright, Jeanette Staschke, Marian (Jim) Kratz, Dianne Middaugh, Daniel (Marlene) Cartwright, William (Julie) Cartwright Jr.; special aunt, Vera Taliski, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents, Norm was welcomed home to heaven by his siblings: Marlene Keyes, Arnold Nickel; father- and mother-in-law, William and Clara (McCreedy) Cartwright, and in-laws: Marlyn Staschke, Theron Middaugh, Margaret Gross, Norma Cartwright, Joan Taylor, Sarah Tolfree, and Dennis Cartwright. Norm’s family were present to receive visitors on Friday, March 29, 201,9 from 6-8 p.m. and again on Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 9 a.m. until Norm’s 10 a.m. funeral ceremony at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. Pastor Ron Wigand will officiate with interment to follow in Brookside Cemetery, Fairgrove. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or Bay Shore Camp. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.