Alfred ĎAlí W. Horst, 85

Alfred "Al" W. Horst, 85, of Hartford, entered eternal peace on Jan. 24, 2012 at the Gardens of Hartford.

Alfred was born on Sept. 17, 1926, in the town of Hartford, to the late Alfred and Hertha Horst nee Wesphal, where he also grew up. He married the love of his life, Pearl Lepien, in the town of Erin, on June 7, 1947.

Al and Pearl resided in Hartford, where he owned and operated a dairy farm. He also worked at the WB Place in Hartford until his full retirement. After retirement, Al became very involved with his familyís genealogy. He was a soft-spoken man and let others state their opinion, yet when he did speak, people listened. He served as a supervisor for the town of Hartford, for over 14 years. He still, to this day, enjoyed driving his Dodge truck, which he bought new in 1947. He was a lifetime member of Peace Lutheran Church of Hartford.

Al is survived by his beloved wife, Pearl V. (nee Lepien) of Hartford; his cherished children, Terry (Marilyn) Horst of North Lake and Lisa (David) Gunst of Hartford; his loving grandchildren, Andrea, Eric, Alissa (Casey) Gales, Sara (Russell) Haeuser, and Laura; his adored great-grandchildren , Jayden, Emma, and Cadence; dear sisters, Viola Grady of Neosho, Elaine (Bill) Kaun of West Bend, and Gloria (Floyd) Luedtke of Shawano. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Gregory (March 26, 2006), and four sisters, Delores, LaVerne, Florence and Jeanette.

Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 26 from 1-3 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, Hartford. Funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. at church, Rev. Aaron Steinbrenner will officiate. Interment at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Alfredís family would like to express a sincere and heartfelt "Thank You!" to Odyssey Hospice that helped in the last days of Alís life. They would also like to express gratitude for the care, compassion and loving support shown by the staff at The Gardens of Hartford.

The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home of Hartford is serving the family;