Fern K. Borchardt

Fern K. Borchardt (nee Koester) of Jackson was born to eternal life on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee.

She was born Jan. 28, 1937, in Milwaukee to the late Roland and Ada (nee Sponholz) Koester and was united in marriage to Richard Borchardt on May 16, 1959, at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church in West Bend.

Fern retired from West Bend Mutual after 20 years. She was active in Boy Scouts for 25 years, achieving a District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver award. She was also a longtime volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospital and member of the West Bend Chapter No. 732 Women of the Moose. She enjoyed summers spent with family and friends at the family cottage in Mount Morris.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Richard, her sons: Allen (Lori) of West Bend, Kevin (Michelle) of Grafton and Brian (Ann) of Campbellsport and five grandchildren: Nick (Marie), Tyler, Brandon, Lindsay and Megan. She is further survived by her sister Rachel (Jim) Knetzger of Cedarburg, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Fern is preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at 5th Avenue United Methodist Church in West Bend with the Rev. Janis Best officiating. Burial will be Friday at 11 a.m. in Washington County Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday at the church only from 4 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials to the 5th Avenue United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society are appreciated.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.