The funeral service for Alma Louise Borchardt of Minneapolis, and formerly of Wadena, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Wadena, with Pastor Damen Heitmann officiating. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Alma passed away at the age of 95, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at her home in Minneapolis.
Alma was born to parents John Henry Wiese and Mathilda Wilhelmina Wiese in the rural family home, in Pine Lake Township of Ottertail County Minnesota on November 8, 1918. She was baptized as a child in the former Zion Evangelical Church in Perham, Minnesota. At the age of 13 years she was confirmed in the same church with the Rev. Martin Paper, on September 11, 1932. She attended school in the Hill School, District 184 in Pine Lake Township. Alma was the youngest of eight children, four brothers, Henry, Julius, John and Arthur, and three sisters, Ida, Dora and Emma.
On June 2, 1942, Alma was united in matrimony to Robert F. Borchardt, the eldest son of the late Edward and Pearl (Biegler) Borchardt, of Wadena, Minnesota. They had two children, Henrietta Elaine and Robert Alfred, and enjoyed 37 years of married life in Wadena, until November 11, 1978 when Robert passed away due to an auto accident. Alma continued to reside in their home until October of 1995 when she sold her home and moved into Humphrey Manor East.
Alma continued her membership in Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ in Perham, until the church closed, and transferred her membership to First Congregational Church United of Christ in Wadena, on May 3, 1998, with Rev. Ostlund doing the transfer.
On October 24, 1998 her family hosted an open house for Almas 80th Birthday in the dining room of Humphrey Manor East, and her 90th birthday was celebrated by a family dinner on November 8, 2008. Alma went to Minneapolis 2010 to celebrate her 92nd birthday, stayed with her children for several months and in 2011 gave up her apartment at Humphrey Manor to move into an apartment in the Minneapolis Augustana Apartment Complex. In September of 2011 she moved in the Augustana Care Suites residing there until April 2013 when she moved to a brand new apartment into Augustana Heritage Commons Thomas Feeney Manor. Alma celebrated her 95th Birthday with her family and close friends, first by going to church with the whole congregation singing Happy Birthday followed by a luncheon in her honor. Alma resided at her apartment at Thomas Feeney Manor until her passing.
Alma was preceded in death by her husband, parents and all of her siblings. She is survived by her children Henrietta (James) Smith of Minneapolis, and Robert (Elizabeth) Borchardt of Circle Pines; along with her grandchildren, Theresa Lynne, Matthew Robert, and Madeline Alice.
Pallbearers will be Matthew Borchardt, James Smith, Larry Kneisl, Leon Barthel, Alvin Halaas, and Raymond Eiden.
Interment at the Wadena Cemetery beside her husband Robert F. Borchardt.
Arrangements are with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes in Wadena. (www.SchullerFamilyFH.com)