Wilhelm “Bill” Mardorf

Posted April 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm


April 19, 1916 – March 27, 2013

Wilhelm “Bill” Mardorf,  age 96, died peacefully, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Pennington Square in Monticello.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Monticello, with interment in Oakwood Cemetery.   Rev. Ellery Dykeman officiated at the services.   Friends called from 4-8 Monday at Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello. 

  Wilhelm Mardorf was born April 19, 1916 in Lovell Township, Jones County, Iowa.   He was the son of Conrad and Jessie Grace Marie Ahlrichs Mardorf.  Bill received his education in the Lovell Township School #9.   Bill and Katie were united in marriage at St. Matthew Lutheran Church on Dec. 14, 1938. The couple bought their farm in Castle Grove that year and farmed together until retiring to Monticello in 1978.  Bill then worked at Oakwood Cemetery for 6 years.   

Bill was a life-long member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.  He was baptized on May 21, 1916 and confirmed his faith on April 13, 1930.   He loved to garden and was still gardening until 2 years ago.  He would always plant his potatoes on Good Friday.   Bill was a member of the Monticello Lions Club.  He enjoyed going to Darrell’s and Hardees for coffee with friends in the morning.  Bill and Katie enjoyed going to dances, playing cards, and attending the many activities of their children.

Surviving are three children: Nancy Marsh, Suzanne (Dennis) Joslyn of Monticello, and Gary (Linda) Mardorf of Henderson, Nev.; five grandchildren: Cindy Marsh of Clinton, Lisa Marsh Ross of DeWitt, Sonya Joslyn (Jim) Grant of Vacaville, Calif., Lon Joslyn of LaFayette, Ind., and Chad Mardorf of San Francisco, Calif.; five great grandchildren: Tasha Ross of Fulton, Ill., Kristina (Mike) Wade of Vacaville, Calif., Samantha Grant of Woodland, Calif., Katlynn Joslyn of LaFayette, Ind., and Melissa Burmeister of DeWitt; and two great-great grandchildren: Hailey Wade of Vacaville, Calif. and Michael VanDamme of Fulton, Ill.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Katie; a granddaughter, DeeAnn Marsh; son-in-law, Robert Marsh; three brothers, George, Gerhard and Carl; and a sister, Anna Peters.  

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.  Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at goettschonline.com.

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