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Walter M. Borchardt, 73

Walter M. “Walt” Borchardt, age 73, of Rockford, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at the Golden LivingCenter in Delano.

He was born Dec. 11, 1936, in Elmyra, Ontario, Canada, the son of Alvin and Esther (Klinck) Borchardt.

Walter was united in marriage to Dianne Wurdell May 4, 1957, at St. John’s Lutheran in Hollywood, MN.

Walter is survived by his loving family: his wife of 53 years, Dianne; children Jeff Borchardt of Zimmerman, Julie (Scott) Jaffe of Isanti, and John (Tara) Borchardt of Zimmerman; and grandchildren Jacob and Samantha Jaffe, and Jack and Marly Borchardt.

He is further survived by siblings Ruth Rouse of Beaumont, TX, Paul (Judy) Borchardt of Houston TX, and Barbara (Richard) Schomel of Minnetonka; sisters-in-law Lois Borchardt of Appleton, WI, Shirley Wurdell of Hutchinson, Kathleen (William) Walsh of Maple Grove, and Gail Wurdell of St Louis Park; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Esther; a brother, Roland Borchardt; and a brother-in-law, Gary Wurdell.

The funeral service took place Monday, March 1 at noon at Our Father’s Lutheran Church in Rockford, with a time of visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Peterson Chapel Buffalo served the family.