Clara K. Borchardt, 86, of Wausau, passed away on May 11, 2022, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
She was born on May 14, 1935, in St. Louis, MO to Rev. Walter and Louise (Lohrman) Dierking. She attended primary and secondary schools in her hometown of DeSoto, MO.
She graduated in nursing from Lutheran Medical Center in St. Louis, MO and worked in nursing in MO, OR, and MI. She later moved to Wausau and retired after 28 years of pediatric nursing at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
She married Ellsworth Borchardt on August 16, 1958, in Cole Camp, MO. Clara enjoyed being a homemaker, outdoor activities, travel, and sightseeing. She always had a green thumb with plants. Clara greatly enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and especially attending her grandchildren’s sports activities and games through their school years.
Clara was a loving mother to her two daughters, Deborah Bongey and Denise (John) Stime; three sons, Douglas (Sandra) Borchardt, Duane Borchardt, and Dennis Borchardt; 13 grandchildren, Nathan, Dan, Nicole, Andy, Tianna, Jeremy, Matthew, Ryan, Nicholas, Brandon, Amanda, Christopher, and Jonathon; and 20 great grandchildren, Raelyn, Connor, Ansley, Bristol, Bridger, Hudson, Beckett, Carter, Everett, Bennett, Bailey, Gianna, Grady, Shyan, Lincoln, Cooper, Bennett, Ellie, Mia, and Cecilia. She is further survived by brothers, Karl (Marie) Dierking and Howard (Carol) Dierking; and sister, Ruth Jeffries; as well as sisters-in-law, Sue Dierking and Barb Weinhold; and brother-in-law, Andrew Melendez.
She is preceded by her husband, Ellsworth; parents; four brothers, Rodney, Norman, Richard, and Markus Dierking and sister Wilma Melendez.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022, at 11:00 am with visitation from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 Stewart Avenue, Wausau. Services will be livestreamed at www.helke.com. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park.
The family wishes to thank Doug and Sandy and family for all their wonderful help and support through the years for mom.
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