Berniece Brockdorf, 88

Berniece “Bernie” Brockdorf, nee Gago, 88 of West Bend, left this earth to join her maker on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.

She was born on June 14, 1925, in Phillips to the late Andrew and Agnes (nee Began) Gago. She was united in marriage to Bill Brockdorf Sr. on Dec. 17, 1949, in Crown Point, Ind.

Bernie was a very active member of her churches, including Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Trinity Lutheran Church in Kiel and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in West Bend. She had a kind heart, was very generous and enjoyed helping others. Most importantly, Bernie’s family was the focus of her life and she was the best wife, mother, and grandmother that her family could ever ask for.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Bill; five children, Mark (Jackie) Brockdorf of Muskego, Pat (Gary) Johnson of West Bend, Tom (Deb) Brockdorf of Greenfield, Bill (Kari) Brockdorf Jr. of Germantown, and the Rev. Steve (Yulia) Brockdorf of Hillsboro, Ore.; 13 grandchildren, Liz Liegler, Jason Brockdorf, Vanessa (Dennis) Graff, Jeremiah (Jen) Johnson, Erik (fiancée Ashley) Johnson, Cody Johnson, Paul Brockdorf, Rachel Brockdorf, Kalyna Brockdorf, Kalista Brockdorf, Angie (Marty) Cvikel, Drew Lutter, and Nikki Lutter; 11 great-grandchildren, Zac, Sam, Luke, Layla, Maci, Ava, Jaxson, Dawson, Jordan, Alec, and Lorelai; two sisters, Annie Mancl of Phillips and Mildred Kertz of Madison; other relatives and friends.

Private family services will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, West Bend, and burial will follow in Valhalla Memorial Park, Milwaukee.

Memorials to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (777 Indiana Ave., West Bend, WI 53095) are appreciated.

Myrhum – Patten Funeral & Cremation Service, West Bend, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at