Wayne C. WITTMAN
1929 - 2016
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Age 86, of St. Paul died unexpectedly on February 24, 2016. Preceded in death by sister, Jeanne Christiansen; and granddaughter, Olivia. Survived by wife of 59 years, Joan; children, Bob (Nancy), Jeanne (Rich) Rothaupt, Mary Jo (Fernando) Partida, David (Cheryl), Susan (Dave) Mondry; grandchildren, Andrea, Lacy, Jenna, Michael, Kristin, Daniel, Luke, Grant, Allison, Tony; great-grandchildren, Callum, Grayson, Maya; sisters, Roberta (Harold) Nilles, and Verna (Jack) Nilles. Wayne was born in Humboldt, Iowa on September 11, 1929. At age 9, he lost his father due to an accident. He graduated from Humboldt HS and joined the US Navy during the Korean War. Upon his discharge, he went to Mankato State Teachers College where he graduated with a degree in political science. He later earned a Master's degree from the University of Minnesota in Counseling Psychology. He spent 37 years with the State of Minnesota as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for Services for the Blind and was a tireless advocate for persons with disabilities. He married Joan Spence in 1956, and raised their 5 children on the eastside of St. Paul. Wayne was both a man of faith and a lifelong community activist. He was an ordained Catholic Deacon and served at Sacred Heart Parish in St. Paul from 1984 until his death. His passion for social justice and world peace led him to Central and South America, where he took frequent trips to monitor free democratic elections and advocate for human rights. Wayne served on the St. Paul School Board and was a founding member and chair of the St. Paul Community Education Advisory Council. He was a respected leader for numerous local, state and national organizations including, but not limited to the DFL party, St. Paul Labor, Veterans for Peace, Labor's Community Services Committee, St. Paul's Police Civilian Review Commission and the United Way. Wayne's greatest passions included his love of family, his commitment to the labor movement and world peace. He held firm to his belief that one voice can make a difference. He was unapologetic and consistent to his causes, regardless of popular opinion. He touched many lives and made a true difference in his community. He will be greatly missed. Celebration of Life 4-7pm Sunday February 28 at the St. Paul Labor Federation Hall, 353 W 7th St., St. Paul (note corrected address from Friday's notice). Funeral Mass 10am Monday February 29 at Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1884 Randolph Ave., St. Paul with visitation 1 hour prior and 9am. Interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Veterans for Peace-Chapter 27 or LSRC Wayne Wittman EA Fund.





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Published in Pioneer Press from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2016.
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March 15, 2016
Joan
I am blessed to have been instructed by "The Master", being lucky enough to be in W7-P7 with you folks! He made politics fun. I learned a lot from Wayne and have often referenced him when talking local politics with others.
He was a "Class Act"! - Tom
Tom Kachelmyer
March 2, 2016
Will Thomas
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Will Thomas
February 28, 2016
Joan and Wayne's family,
I owe much to wayne. One of the first public people to treat me as a person and not a disability. Saw potential and wanted me to achieve it. You rounded up folks to help me get my first van cause he wanted me to be able to get around to his meetings.
Love to all the family
Rick Cardenas
February 28, 2016
Joan, you and your family have my deepest sympathy and assurance of prayers. What a blessing Wayne was to so many. Rest in Peace, good and faithful servant.
Trish Flannigan
February 28, 2016
Amazing legacy of action and family.
Nita Fitzgerald
February 28, 2016
Wayne with VFP members during Uptown protest
Chante Wolf
February 28, 2016
Wayne on the bus to the SOA Ft. Benning, GA
Chante Wolf
February 28, 2016
VFP members introducing themselves at the SOA
Chante Wolf
February 28, 2016
Sitting with other VFP members Chapter 27 National Convention
Chante Wolf
February 28, 2016
Walking with VFP Uptown ~ Stop the War{s}
Chante Wolf
February 28, 2016
VFP members sharing stories at SOA
Chante Wolf
February 28, 2016
Wayne and Ralph H. at Ft. Benning, GA for the SOA
Chante Wolf
February 28, 2016
Veterans telling their stories at Peacestock
Chante Wolf
February 28, 2016
Wayne was a fierce warrior with a gentle and selfless heart. His years of devotion to the greater good were a testimony to what a life of integrity and service looks like. I was privileged to have known Wayne. Blessings to his family for having supported him in his unrelenting pursuit of justice for all. Enjoy your eternal reward, Wayne. You have most certainly earned your heavenly crown.
Jean Jones
February 28, 2016
RIP my friend Wayne!
February 28, 2016
With fondness we remember Wayne's trips to Nicaragua as we, Guardian Angels Church, were beginning a "sister parish" relationship ... it has now been 30+ years. Our hearts go out to you, Joan, and all those who have been touched by Wayne.
Judy Scheider
February 27, 2016
Sen. Wellstone & Wayne Wittman PEACEMAKERS
Don Brandli
February 27, 2016
Tom and Nancy Chisholm
February 26, 2016
National Day of Anti-War Protest, St. Paul Capital, March 19, 2011
Linda Hoover
February 26, 2016
National Day of Anti-War Protest, St Paul, March 19, 2011
Linda Hoover
February 26, 2016
Wednesday Vigil to End War, Oct. 7, 2015
Linda Hoover
February 26, 2016
We are very sorry for your loss. We didn't know him, but he must a must have been a wonderful man to have a son like you, Bob.
Blessings to you all,

Doug & Donna Brown
February 26, 2016
My prayers are with you and your family, Joan.
God bless you with comfort, peace, and good memories.
Sincere sympathy, Connie Gleason,CSJ
Connie Gleason
February 26, 2016
Wayne (in yellow vest), melding struggles, Feb. 20, 2016
Wayne was the embodiment of a brother who could move an agenda that integrated the world wide struggle for justice and equality. He was a servant leader who encourage emerging leadership. I have no words to adequately express the importance of his work and his life.
Linda Hoover
February 26, 2016
Joan & Family,

Holding you in prayer and thoughts during this time grief and loss.
Lois Mineau
February 26, 2016
So sorry for your loss. I was a member of the St. Paul Trades and Labor Assembly back in the 1980s. When I attended the monthly meetings, at the end of the meeting, Wayne always gave a report promoting community service. I know in my heart that Wayne was a person that found very much joy helping people that were less fortunate, improve their lives. God bless Wayne and his family.
Tony Kadrlik Local #132
February 26, 2016
Wayne was a mentor for me on the CE Advisory Council - and such a kind man!
- Pat Willenbring
February 26, 2016
Joan & family my deepest sympathy for your loss of Wayne.
In addition to my work with Wayne in Eastside politics. Wayne was my Counselor's supervisor at the state department of Vocational Rehab in the 70's.
Wayne approved & guided my college degrees.
I will miss Wayne
With deepest sympathy
Jayne Lallier
Jayne Lallier
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