Charles W. Bergdorf, 88


Charles W. Bergdorf, 88, of Wausaukee, passed away peacefully on 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, 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, John Bergdorf, step-grandchildren Nikki Kardaris DeVries, James Kardaris, Traci (David) Skolaski and Jon (Connie) Kohlmetz. Charlie is also survived by seventeen great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by his parents William and Pauline Burgdorf, brother William Burgdorf, 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.

Funeral services for Charlie will be held at Pagenkopf Funeral Home in Oconomowoc on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at 1 p.m. Visitation for family and friends will take place from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Military honors will immediately follow the service.

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