Marie E. Yogerst, 89
October 7, 1926 — August 14, 2016
Marie E. Yogerst, 89, passed away peacefully, holding the hand of her daughter, on Aug. 14, 2016, at the farm she resided at with her daughter and son-in-law. She was born Oct. 7, 1926, on the side of Highway 41 while her parents, Alex and Mary (Gutschenritter) Fickert of Theresa, were on their way to St. Agnes Hospital. Not thinking Marie would make it, she was immediately baptized. The attending physician and nurse remained her godparents throughout her life. On Oct. 5, 1944, Marie was united in marriage to Hilbert Yogerst in Nenno.
As a young girl, music surrounded her. Her mother played the piano and her father the violin. At age 4, she was dancing where her father was a bouncer with people throwing pennies for her efforts. The depression was hard and she learned how do with what she had and how to work. She and her siblings each had five cows to milk twice a day, and, with a mother who was a teacher, had to do well in school as well.
In 1942, Marie sustained a life-threatening head injury while sitting in the back of a farm truck. She was helping her newly married sister, Nadeane, move her belongings from the family farm to her new home in Milwaukee when the cover of a refrigerator’s motor flew off, striking her in the head giving her a concussion, skull fracture and nerve damage. She was hospitalized for one year and still managed to graduate from Hartford Union High School in 1944 at the age of 17 taking the Greyhound Bus as transportation to and from school.
For a brief while, Marie worked in the office at Allis Chalmers in West Allis. After marriage she moved in with her in-laws at the Yogerst homestead and had her first four children in the first four years of marriage. The last two trickled in five and 10 years later. When her youngest was 3, Marie got her driver’s license and worked in the office at Kasten Manufacturing in Allenton as a computer programmer until it closed its doors in 1985. She was then employed at BC Ziegler, working in the customer service department until her retirement in 1992.
Marie was a member of the Moraine Chorus, a lifetime member of Hartford Senior Friends where she enjoyed seeing her longtime friends, school mates and neighbors every Tuesday, helping out in the kitchen, singing, dancing, participating in the many activities and playing sheepshead. She was treasurer of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Allenton, CCD teacher, helped out in the kitchen for the Kohlsville Volunteer Fire Department where her husband was a volunteer, cooked many meals for relatives who visited weekly at the homestead and babysat when needed. She enjoyed her monthly dinner outings with other retiree friends of BC Ziegler, traveling, music, dancing, flowers, farm life, her little dog Sweetie, and all the family and friends that loved and visited her.
She is survived by her children, Carol (Gerold) Staehler of Eden, Anton (Charlotte Bingen) of Brookfield, Linda (Gerold) Meuller of West Bend, Helen Bonlender of St, Kilian, Robert (Lois Marquardt) of Kewaskum and Jane (Paul) Groth of Hartford; 19 grandchildren; one step-grandchild; 36 great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Fay (Bruno) Landini of Milford, Massachusetts; one sister-in-law, Anna Schiferl of Sparks, Nevada; nine nieces and 10 nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Alex and George (infant twins), and Wesley Fickert; sisters, Nadeane Yogerst and Sylvia Gerner; brothers- in-law, Willard Gerner, Harold Yogerst, Norman Yogerst, Ted Strojek and Ralph Schiferl; sisters-in-law, Marie Stojek and Agnes Yogerst; son-in-law, John Bonlender; nieces, Rita and Karen Yogerst; and nephew, John Yogerst.
Thank you to all of you who showed love, kindness and support through her “forgetful” years.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home (226 S. Main St., Hartford) and 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at St. Kilian Catholic Church (264 W. State St., Hartford). A Mass of Resurrection will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the church.
Burial to follow at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Cemetery in the town of St. Anthony.
Following the burial the family welcomes fellowship and luncheon at Addison Town Hall (Veteran’s Memorial Park) 127 First St., Allenton.
The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home of Hartford is serving the family: www.berndt-ledesma.com.