Stanley A. Borgstrom
April 18, 1925 - Aug. 30, 2008
Stanley Alworth Borgstrom, 83, was born to eternal life Aug. 30, 2008, at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc. Stan was born April 18, 1925, in Woodland, Minn., to Andrew and Cecelia (nee Svensson) Borgstrom.
During the Great Depression they moved to Waukesha. He attended Barstow Grade School and graduated from Waukesha High School in 1943. He entered the Armed Forces in July 1943 and was deployed to St. Ives, England, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. Stanley was wounded in Saint-Lo, France, on July 30, 1944. He received a Purple Heart for his injuries and spent two years recuperating at OíReilly General Army Hospital in Springfield, Mo. He was always grateful for the USO gals and the unknown soldier who carried him off the battlefield.
On Sept. 13, 1947, he married Betty Ann Hoffmann, who preceded him in death in 1966. He was employed by American Can Co. as a machine mechanic for 28 years. After retiring, he enjoyed winters in Florida and many vacations to Mexico, the Canary Islands, Alaska, Hawaii, France, England and Sweden. Most recently, he traveled to Washington, D.C., to take part in the Fourth of July celebrations and see the World War II memorial. Very proud of his Swedish heritage, he made several trips to Sweden to visit family. Stan inspired a love of travel in his children and many of his grandchildren.
Stan loved to dance, especially a good polka. He was a very active member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 228, DAV Chapter 5 and VFW Post 721. Stanley was named Wisconsin Veteran of the Year in 1988 and served a year as DAV Commander for the state of Wisconsin. Always the enthusiastic patriot, he appeared in many Waukesha-area parades as Gen. George Washington. Stanís commitment to the Military Order of the Purple Heart prompted the memberships of all his daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters to join the auxiliary and they stay very active in his honor. He was a founding member of the 1834 Waukesha History Club, an avid collector of Waukesha memorabilia and breweriana, known to family and friends as "Stan the Can Man."
Stanley had a gift for conversation with anyone, anywhere and greatly enjoyed speaking to grade schools in the area, along with his brothers Carl and Clifford, about their experiences serving in different areas of World War II. Asked once by a young boy what he would have said if he had ever seen Hitler up close, Stan replied that the meeting would have been very unlikely, but if he had, it would not be a question of what he would have "SAID" to him.
Stanley will be forever remembered by daughters, Kathleen Bergstrom (friend Greg LeClair Sr.), Diane (Ron) Belisle-Reel, Leslie (Dale) Manke and his son, Andrew (Areeya) Borgstrom; two brothers, Carl (the late Helen) and Clifford (Nonie) Borgstrom; grandchildren, Danette (Bunn) Rieckhoff, Dawn (fiance Joe Jesmok) Markley, Bryan Markley, John Belisle, Rhiannon (Wade) Cupkie and Ericka Manke; seven great-grandchildren, Lisa Marie, Laura, Steven and Lily Rieckhoff, Shannon Markley and Mattie Jesmok, and Gretta Cupkie. Stan will be deeply missed by his special friend and companion, Ruth Duhamel, with whom he shared many adventures over the last five years. Many friends and family in Sweden will miss his visits.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Ann; daughter, Lisa; infant daughter, Jean Marie; and grandson, Derek Manke.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc, the Les Paul exhibit at the Waukesha Historical Society or The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Lt. Gordon Neddersen, Chapter 228.
Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Church and Chapel, 380 Bluemound Road, (at highways J and JJ), Waukesha. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (formerly St. Clare Parish), Highway 83, North Lake, followed by a Committal at the Chapel of Chimes, Wisconsin Memorial Park, 13235 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield.
Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. is serving the family. For more information, call 827-0659, or for an online obituary, condolences or to receive directions, visit www.churchandchapel.com.