Jerome P. Brodzeller, 94
Jan. 23, 1923 — Nov. 22, 2017
Jerome “Jim” P. Brodzeller, age 94, found his peace in heaven Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at Serenity Villa, Slinger. Jim was born Jan. 23, 1923, in the town of West Bend to Lydia (nee Wilde) and Arnold Brodzeller. He attended Lakeview Elementary and St. Peter Catholic School and then worked on the family farm. He became an electrical apprentice at Malsack Electric and remained a licensed electrician his entire working life. In 2015, based on a lifetime of learning and accomplishment, Slinger High School awarded him his long awaited high school diploma, with his family attending. Jim served as a military policeman in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946 along with his brothers and was forever grateful they all returned home. He married Frances “Sis” (nee Gundrum) April 24, 1946. Sis entered heaven in 1976. Jim found joy again and married Jeanette Borcherding Dec. 15, 1978. Jeanette entered heaven in 1999.
Jim is survived by his children Bonnie (Mel) Dowdy, Pete (Cheri), Mike (Roxanne), Cindy (Reggie) Thomas, Mary Gamerdinger, and Diann (Jeff) Koski and his step-children Joe (Judi) Borcherding, Dan (Cindy) Borcherding, Tom (Kerry) Borcherding and Bonnie (Dave) Hauser. Jim was blessed with 14 grandchildren, Jeff (Genny) Dowdy, Brian (Susan) Dowdy, Derek Brodzeller, James Brodzeller, Jennifer (Dan) Rozek, Tony (April) Brodzeller, Andrew (Beth) Brodzeller, Lynn (Eric) Bitar, Reggie (Alfiya) Thomas, Jonathan Thomas, Katie Gamerdinger, Ben Gamerdinger, Joe (Cori) Rasmussen, and Emily Koski and four step-grandchildren, Mike (Amanda) Borcherding, Mark (Mary) Borcherding, David Borcherding and Linda (Luke) Schweitzer. His family grew further with 17 great grand-children. Visits from the youngest of the family, including the family pets, brought a special smile to his day. He is further survived by sisters Fran Sandburg, Pat Behnke and Mary Jane Jensen, sister-in-law Marian Thomas and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Lydia, brothers Dick, Mac, Earl and Roger, sisters Dot Bremser and Sally Thompson and many beloved brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. He treasured his brothers and sisters and their unbreakable connection. His in-laws added to special memories of Christmas parties and family picnics. Jim always enjoyed a good card game from sheepshead with the relatives to “go fish” with a great-grandchild. Jim was a member of St. Peter Church in Slinger and a 63 year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Jim lived a life of family and faith, always ready to help anyone in need. During the 1976 ice storm, he took generators to homes and farms to power the milking machines. He used his electrical skills to help anyone in need. He took pride in his home and yard and spent countless hours at the homes of his children helping with projects. Jim was a role model of hard work, honesty, caring and forgiveness. His greatest joy was seeing his large family together and knowing they will continue to support each other.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend) with the Rev. Rick Stoffel presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment to follow at Washington County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to St. Peter Catholic School Tuition Assistance Fund. Thank you to the staff at his previous residence, Cedar Bay East. Special thanks to the entire staff of Serenity Villa, Dr. Mian, Horizon Hospice and to special caregivers Terri and Ann for their caring and compassionate support. The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. (262) 338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com.