Robert Bornfleth
Robert Bornfleth
Robert Leslie Bornfleth, 89, born Nov. 29, 1922, in Jordan Township, Fillmore County, to Ernest and Isadora (Briggs) Bornfleth, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at the Larson Home in Columbus, Wis.

He attended school at District 99. He married Ida Crowson and later divorced in 1952. He married Anna "Anne" Rupkalvis Edwards on May 16, 1953. He worked as a farm mechanic, truck driver and opened his own small engine sales and service for several years. His shop was located at the Northgate Shopping Center. He also worked for custodial services at the Mayo Clinic for 20 years until his retirement.

He loved to fish and spend time camping and boating. After retirement, he and his wife spent their winters in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, near Weslaco. He was active in the park activities and enjoyed shuffleboard, playing cards and the Christian Fellowship in the park. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester, serving on the finance committee. He also was a past member of the Men's Club and Camping Club.

He is survivors by his two daughters, Karen (John) Degroot of Fall River, Wis., and Deanne (Tom) Booth of Reeseville, Wis.; his son, Robert of Muskogee, Okla.; his sister, Dorothy Hensen, Muskogee, Okla.; his step-daughter, Sharon (Ronald) Stockfleth of Rochester; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna in 2006, his parents and one brother, Wayne.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester, with the Rev. William Otte officiating. Burial of his cremated remains was at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Chatfield.

Memorials can be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church or Mayo Clinic for research.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, Rochester, assisted the family with arrangements. 507-289-3600/www.ranfranzandvinefh.com

James 'Pat' Ferguson, 93

James "Pat" Ferguson, 93, of Chatfield, died Wednes-day, Aug. 29, 2012, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.

James Ferguson was born May 21, 1919, in rural Wykoff, to Michael and Anna (Sweeny) Ferguson. During World War II he served in the 32nd Infantry F Co., 7th Division, as a machine gunner. While serving in the Pacific Theater he was wounded three times and received the Purple Heart, two Oak Leaf Clusters; four Bronze Stars and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by General MacArthur in 1944.

On Dec. 27, 1947, he married Gerry Warden in Chatfield. Following the war he returned home to continue his career as a stone mason with his father. He traveled throughout the U.S. working for various contractors. During his tenure as a stone mason he also owned and operated Pat & Gerry's Tavern for 17 years.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, war books and vacationing in Las Vegas for 30 years. Being 100 percent Irish, he is best known for his great sense of humor and his love for life. He always had a joke to share with everyone right up to the end of his days.

He is survived by his three daughters, Judy (Lawrence) Priebe, Ann (Dean) Onsgard and Patty (Richard) Delaney; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two brothers, John and Larry, and four sisters, Francis, Mary, Helen and Pat.

A memorial Mass was held Monday, Sept. 3, at St. Marys Catholic Church in Chatfield, with the Rev. Shawn Haremaz officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Chatfield, with graveside services by the VFW of Chatfield Post #6913.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the VFW in Chatfield following the services.

Riley Funeral Home, Chatfield, assisted the family with arrangements. 507-867-4310

Online condolences may be made at www.rileyfuneralhomes.com