October 25, 2022 at 4:21 p.m.
Thomas J. “Tom” Borgerding, 88, of Melrose, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, Oct. 18, 2022, at his home in Melrose.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 24 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Melrose with military honors by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard.
Thomas Joseph Borgerding was born Feb. 14, 1934, in Freeport, to Ben and Theresa (Hoeschen) Borgerding. Tom served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged. He was united in marriage to Virginia “Ginny” Dufner July 19, 1958, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. Tom worked with Oak Grove Dairy for 40 years as a home delivery driver and in retirement worked part-time at Ernie’s Jubilee and Coborn’s.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, American Legion Post 101 and the Melrose Fire Department. Tom enjoyed the lake life on Kings Lake, especially when it came to entertaining family and friends, fishing and taking the pontoon for a ride.
Survivors include his children, Steve Borgerding of Melrose, Dan (Mary) Borgerding of Sauk Centre, Sandy (Ken) Yurczyk of Freeport, and Jeff (Revondalei) Borgerding of Plano, Texas; seven grandchildren Shaun, Andrew, Kelsey, Jacob, Benjamin, Kallista and Nicole; four great-grandchildren Griffin, Eva, Amelia,and Gavin, with two on the way; brothers and sisters Bernice “Bae” Stroeing of St. Paul, Art (Nellie) Borgerding of Cold Spring, Jean (Frank) Osendorf of St. Joseph, and John (Darlene) Borgerding of Leesburg, Florida.
Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia “Ginny” Borgerding, Sept. 7, 2018; parents; brothers and sisters Leo Borgerding, Alcuin “Al” Borgerding, Dolores “Lori” Ettel and Annella Ehlert; and infant brother James Borgerding.
Arrangements made by Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services in Melrose.