Delores Elaine Berdan
Delores E. Berdan, age 85, died on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at A Touch of Home Assisted Living in Marshfield.
Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 10571 George Avenue, Auburndale, at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 2018 with Reverend Mark Lundgren officiating. Burial will take place on Monday, September 10, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. in Greenwood Cemetery in Auburndale. Visitation for family and friends will be held at the Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home, 1010 East Veterans Parkway, Marshfield on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and again one hour before the time of service at the church on Sunday.
She was born January 1st, 1933 in Milladore, WI to Hollis and Mary (Munnik) Babcock. She entered foster care at the age of 2 in Sparta, WI and spent most of her school years in Steven’s Point, graduating in 1951 from Mosinee High School, going on to work as a nurse aide at River Pine Sanitarium. On June 7th, 1952, she married Richard A. Berdan, whom she met at the wedding of Richard’s brother, Roger, and her coworker, Lorraine. They farmed in Auburndale and raised eight children. She then worked as a teacher’s aide for the Auburndale school district for 25 years before retiring at age 65. She is survived by children, Nancy (William) Arndt of Marshfield, Laura (Tom) Johnson of Auburndale, Bruce Berdan of Garden Prairie, Illinois, Michael (Diana) Berdan of Marshfield, Judy Lynn Berdan of Milwaukee, and Matthew (Christi) Berdan of Marshfield, 19 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, on December 10th, 2005; infant daughter, Joann, in 1956; son, Kenneth, on June 20th, 2006; and daughter, Shirley, on September 26th, 2010. She was the youngest of 10 siblings, who preceded her in death. Delores was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Auburndale and its Ladies Aid, and she has asked that memorials be designated to St. John’s Lutheran Church Building Fund. Known for her passionate dedication to Wisconsin sports, her Packers, Brewers, and Badgers, Delores rarely missed a game and could always be heard cheering them on. The family would like to thank the loving staff of A Touch of Home Assisted Living, hospice, as well as all those who remembered her in her final days. A child who began life as an orphan, left this life surrounded by many friends and a family who loved her dearly.