Ermae Marion Maher

Ermae Marion Maher (nee Borchardt), 91, died in comfort and at peace in her beloved Masonic Retirement Home in Dousman on Thursday, March 1, 2007.

A memorial service celebrating her life is planned for 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, in the New Chapel on the Three Pillars Masonic campus in Dousman.

A private burial service will be held at Wildwood Cemetery in Sheboygan on May 3. She will be reuniting with her husband, John Michael Maher, who preceded her in death in 1992. While she has missed him for many years, they will be together for the eternity they always envisioned together on the 66th anniversary of their May 3, 1941, marriage.

Great-grandmother Ermae will be survived by her sons, Michael (Laura Jeanne) of Oostburg, Richard (Donna) of Grafton and Robert (Prissy) of Dallas; four grandchildren, Matthew Forrest, Michael Patrick, Rebecca Lyn and Brian John; and one great-grandchild, Eliana Mary Ermae. "Ellie" carries the torch of Ermae’s unique spirit forward, as Ellie always had the spark to lighten Ermae’s darkest days. Also surviving is her beloved brother, Clifford Borchardt of Milwaukee; nephews, Mark Borchardt, Christian Borchardt and Alex Borchardt, all of Milwaukee, Andrew Alexander of Boston and Peter Alexander of Muncie, Ind.; niece, Susan Alexander of Boston; and cousins, John Borchardt of Slinger and Henry Borchardt of Troy, Mich.

Ermae Maher was a member of the Door County Memorial Society. Memorials in her name may be made to Habitat For Humanity, International Headquarters, Americus, Ga. She and her beloved husband, John, were longtime residents of Sturgeon Bay and have many friends in the area. They were members of the United Methodist Church of Egg Harbor and Sturgeon Bay. They treasured their time and relationships there.

It is only fitting that Ermae would find her peace in the halls of the Masonic Retirement Home in Dousman. She enjoyed her longtime involvement in The Order of the Eastern Star, Honor Chapter No. 1 in Sturgeon Bay and Haven Chapter No. 279 in Milwaukee.

Peace of Mind Funeral & Cremation Services, (414) 453-1562, is serving the family.

And when all is said and done, the signposts of our earthly journey will have delivered us to the riches of the next cycle of our lives. It is to the horizon that we all march ... or saunter ... some introspectively, some in haste to get ahead, others, simply to be close to the spirit within that drives us.

Thrive in peace great-grandmama. We are there with you, doing our best to carry on with the wealth of spirit that was yours to share with so many others.