Pearl V. Horst, 88
Aug. 16, 1928 — Nov. 11, 2016

Pearl V. Horst, 88 Pearl V. Horst of Hartford passed away Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at The Gardens of Hartford at the age of 88.

She was born Aug. 16, 1928, in Hartford, the daughter of Norman and Alice (nee Walrabenstein) Lepien. Pearl spent her childhood in the towns of Erin and Hartford on family farms where her father was a worker. During the Depression, she lived in DeForest and London, Wisconsin, where she made lifelong friends. Her father moved the family back to Hartford, and they bought a farm. She married Alfred Horst on June 7, 1947, at Erin Emanuel Evangelical Church. They were dairy farmers until they retired in 1980. Pearl was a farmer’s wife, helping on the farm, but also a dedicated and loving mother; yet she worked at various part-time jobs in the Hartford area. In the two decades before she retired, Pearl worked at the Iron Ridge Inn and Country Retreat in Hartford as a waitress and cook. Pearl was a member of the Hartford Senior Friends.

Pearl is survived by her loving children, Terry (Marilyn) Horst of North Lake and Lisa (David) Gunst of Hartford; her adored grandchildren, Andrea, Eric, Alissa (Casey) Gales, Sara (Russell) Haeuser and Laura (fiancée Justin Tank); and her precious great-grandchildren, Jayden, Emma, Cadence, Grace and Quinten. Also surviving are nieces; nephews; a sister-in-law, Gloria Luedtke; a brother-in-law, Willard Kaun; and other relatives and friends. The family would like to recognize Pearl’s special wartime pen pal and longtime friend, Nellie Steen. Pearl is preceded in death by her husband, Alfred, and her son, Gregory.

Visitation is from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Peace Lutheran Church (1001 Center St., Hartford). Funeral service will follow at 5:30 p.m. at the church. The Rev. Paul Waldschmidt will officiate. Interment is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hartford.

Pearl’s family would like to express a sincere and heartfelt “thank you” to the staff at The Gardens of Hartford for their care, compassion and loving support. The family would also like to extend a “thank you” to Seasons Hospice, who helped in the last days of Pearl’s life.

The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home-Hartford is serving the family: