Charles W. Bergdorf


Charles W. Bergdorf, 88, of Wausaukee, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.


Charlie is survived by his sons, Jerome (Barbara) Bergdorf of West Bend, Stephen (Donna Mae) Bergdorf of Watertown, David (Rona) Bergdorf of West Bend and Eric Bergdorf of Fifield; daughter, Holly (Jeff) Haley of Arlington, Va.; grandchildren, Charles Bergdorf, Denise Bergdorf, Stephen Bergdorf, Shannon Bergdorf, Candy Bergdorf-Merlino, Corey Bergdorf, Sam Bergdorf, Michael Bergdorf and John Bergdorf; and step-grandchildren, Nikki Kardaris DeVries, James Kardaris, Traci (David) Skolaski and Jon (Connie) Kohlmetz. Charlie is also survived by 17 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Pauline Burgdorf; a brother, William Burgdorf; a sister, Josephine Zawin; and an infant sibling in 1929.


Charlie married Bernice DeMars on May 29, 1948, in Park Falls, and had five children together. He retired as an over-the-road truck driver and worked on the Alaska-Canadian (ALCAN) Highway before enlisting in the Army, where he served as an MP before being honorably discharged.


Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral service Saturday, Feb. 16, at Pagenkopf Funeral Home, 1165 E. Summit Ave., Oconomowoc. Military honors will immediately follow the service.


The family would like to thank the staff at Newcare Convalescent Center in Crivitz for the excellent care given to Charlie over the last 6 1/2 years, where he enjoyed many special friendships.


Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.