Fern Lorraine Chapman (nee Bornfleth)

June 13, 1928 — Sept. 28, 2016

Fern Lorraine Chapman (nee Bornfleth), beloved by all, passed away in her home in Mukwonago on September 28, 2016. Fern was born on June 13, 1928, in the Town of Vernon, where her parents Harry and Viola Bornfleth (nee Barton) farmed. On September 16, 1950, she married Roger (Bill) William Chapman of Mukwonago.

Fern was a remarkable person, vibrant and active until her final day. She graduated from Mukwonago High School in 1949 and from secretarial school the following year. She worked at Miller Brewing as a secretary until her marriage to Bill. She raised her three children on their farm on Highway 83, universally known as “Chapman’s Curve.” She was employed as a waitress at Heaven City and Merrill Hills Country Club. She and Bill owned the popular Chapman’s diner in Mukwonago. She worked for TA Chapman and as a representative for Germaine Monteil Cosmetics. During this time she and Bill began an antique business she continued until the present.

Fern was a devoted member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She volunteered as church/choir organist, Sunday school teacher, and actively supported the church in many ways. She loved music, traveling, reading, and most of all meeting people. She was a generous, loving person who went out of her way to do something special for friends and acquaintances. Her grandchildren remember her as the one person who’s every word to them was said with love. She lived her faith.

Fern was preceded in death by husband, Roger; three infant children, Billy, Ted William and Mary; parents, Harry and Viola; brother Harold Bornfleth; sisters Helen (Bornfleth) MacKenzie and Ruth (Bornfleth) Stemper; brothers-in-law Thomas Treffinger, Jerry Stemper and Robert Chapman; and sister-in-law Marianna (Pettis) Chapman.

Fern is survived by children Wendy, Michael and Laurie Chapman; sister Mary (Bornfleth) Treffinger; grandchildren Allie Eastwood, Jordan and Jonathan Wheeler; sister-in-law Patricia Chapman; brother-in-law Gerald Mackenzie; cousins, nieces, nephews; and special friend Bobbie Jean of Tennessee.

Fern was known and loved. Wherever she went people greeted her and talked with her. She always heard “Hi Auntie Fern.” She had many friends throughout the United States. She will be sorely missed.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 8, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 410 Highway NN West, Mukwonago, from 11 AM until the time of the funeral service at 1 PM. A procession to Rural Home Cemetery will immediately follow the funeral service.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 262-363-7126 or visit online at