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Rt. Rev. Msgr. Alver W. Behrens, 81, died Thursday, March 21, 2002, at Holy Spirit Retirement Center in Sioux City.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church in Templeton, Iowa, with the Most Rev. Bishop Daniel N. DiNardo and Bishop Lawrence D. Soens celebrating. Concelebrants will be the Revs. Cecil Friedman, Thomas Geelan, Mervin Hood, Leo Riesberg, Robert Schimmer, Merlin Schrad, Dale Reiff, Kenneth Siefried, Ray Wieling and Richard Remmes. Homilist will be the Rev. Robert Gralapp. The lector will be Ken Behrens. Gift Bearers will be Ray Taphorn, Wayne Siepker, Cletus Behrens, Tom Sibbel, Pat Bass, Vern Behrens, Richard Wuebker and Julie Clancy.

Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Templeton. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will form an honor guard at the church for the rosary and the funeral mass.

Sharp Funeral Home of Carroll, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.

Msgr. Behrens was born June 14, 1920, in Roselle, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Mary (Neu) Behrens. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Templeton in 1937. He then attended Trinity College in Sioux City, Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., University of Iowa in Iowa City, and Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, MO.

He was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 1945, at the Kenrick Seminary Chapel by John Cardinal Glennon. He celebrated his first mass on June 12, 1945, at Sacred Heart Church in Templeton. In June 1995, he celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood.

He served as assistant pastor for Corpus Christi Parish in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, chaplain of St. Anthony's Orphanage and instructor at Heelan High School in Sioux City, and superintendent of Gehlen Schools and chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital in Le Mars, Iowa, for six years. Following this he was diocesan superintendent of schools and director of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine plus pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Neptune. He served as assistant secretary to the National Catholic Education Association in charge of the department of school superintendents in Washington, D.C. He became pastor of his home town parish, Sacred Heart of Templeton, where he served from 1966 to 1972. He also was superintendent of Dowling High School in Des Moines while maintaining his pastorate in Templeton.

His next assignments were as pastor at St. John Parish in Bancroft, Holy Name Parish in Marcus, Iowa, St. Mary Parish in Mapleton, Iowa, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Mt. Carmel, Iowa, and St. Francis Parish in Maple River, Iowa. He retired to Marcus in December 1993. In his retirement, he enjoyed helping other priests on weekends and traveling around the world. Throughout his years of administration, he had been active in many state and national organizations.

Survivors include many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.




Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning, for Otto F, Borkowski, 89, of Manning, Rev. Richard Nagler of Wall Lake officiated, with burial In the Manning Cemetery.

Otto F. Borkowski of Wall Lake, formerly of Manning, died early Saturday, July 29, 1972, at Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake
where he had resided since 1968.  He was the son of Wilhelm and Augusta Borkowski, horn Feb. 17, 1883 in Germany. At the age of four he came to the United States and settled in Audubon County, He attended Trinity Lutheran School near Gray and then farmed near Manning. He was married Aug. 1, 1906 to Emma Paulson. and in 1937 they moved to Manning, Mrs. Borkowski died in 1966.

Surviving arc three sons, Clarence of Churdan, Earl of Westside and Harold of Manilla; 31 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Borkowski was preceded in death by a son Roy, a daughter, Mrs. Mamie Rostermundt; a brother, Carl; and a sister, Mrs. Mathilda Rudnick.

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Merle Edward Borkowski

Elliott Church of Christ
Elliot, IA

Wednesday, September 19, 2007
10:00 AM
Mel Smith – Officiating

"The Old Rugged Cross"
“Just as I Am"
Maddie Mardesen – Pianist

Ron Mardesen     Thad Bridges         Gordon Houser
John McCarthy    Bob Heuer            Doug Turner

Denise Mardesen                               Denise Bridges

Waveland Township Cemetery
Elliott, IA

Griswold American Legion Post # 508

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          Merle’s Family appreciates your many expressions of care and concern and they invite you to the Elliot Community Building following the committal services at the cemetery for a time of fellowship and lunch.





         Merle Edward Borkowski was born on September 22, 1929, in Carroll County near Manning, IA the son of Leroy and Julia (Friedrichsen) Borkowski. He attended rural schools and attended high school at Irwin, IA. He joined the Navy and served his country during the Korean Conflict where he was part of two landings. Returning home, he attended the Omaha School for Business and studied telegraphy. He worked for Standard Oil, the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad and also for a short time the Union Pacific Railroad. On June 9, 1957 he married Virginia Mae Core at the Elliott Church of Christ in Elliott. The lived in the Coon Rapids and Panora area and Merle worked in the construction business as a heavy equipment operator. He and Virginia started farming in the Pilot Grove area in 1960, later moving to a farm northwest of Griswold and then moved to their present farm in 1965. Merle started raising purebred registered Angus cattle in 1963 and continued in the cattle business until his death. After retirement from row crop farming, Merle drove school bus for the Griswold Community Schools. Merle was a member of the Elliott Church of Christ, served as a Sunday school teacher, an elder and was on the board of trustees. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and the American Angus Association. Merle enjoyed playing cards, visiting with his family and friends and had a daily ritual of going about. He never met a stranger.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Virginia of Elliott, his sons and grandchildren, David and his wife Kimberly and their children Wyatt Andrew and Alyssa Mae of Indianola, IA and Douglas of Ames, IA. Also surviving are his brothers Raymond and his wife Barbara of Forest City, IA, Laverne of Cherokee, IA and Russell and his wife Barbara of Climbing Hill, IA, and his sister-in-law Loretta Borkowski of Sanford, NC.

Merle died at his home on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at the age of 77 years, 11 months and 23 days. Merle had encountered several health problems throughout the summer months. His parents, a brother Allen, and a sister Florence Fister preceded Merle in death.

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The funeral of Otto Borkowski was held Monday at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. Otto F., Borkowski 89, of Manning, Richard Wagler of Wall Lake officiated. Burial in Manning cemetery. Otto F. Borkowski of Wall Lake formerly of Manning died early Saturday July 29, 1972 at Twilight Nursing Home in Wall Lake where he had resided since 1968. He was the son of Wilhelm and Augusta Borkowski born Feb. l7, 1883 in Germany. At the age of 4 he came to the United States and settled in Audubon County. He attended Trinity Lutheran School near Gray and then farmed near Manning. He was married Aug, 1, 1906 to Emma Paulsen and in 1939 they moved to Manning. Mrs. Borkowski died in 1966.

Surviving are; 3 sons, Clarence of Churdan, Earl Of Westside, Harold of Manning; 31 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Mr. Borkowski was preceded in his death by son Roy; a daughter, Mrs. John Rostermundt; a brother Carl; and a sister Mrs. Matalida Runick.


Otto Borkowski and Miss Emma Paulsen of Lincoln Township were united in marriage on Wednesday, Aug. 1st at the home of Peter Paulsen. They will reside on a farm one fourth of a mile east of the Paulsen farm until next March.

Reprint from the Front Page August 9, 1906 Audubon. Republican

Transcribed by S. Miller

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MRS. OTTO BORKOWSKI (The Times Herald News Service)

MANNING — Funeral services for Mrs. Otto (Emma Borkowski, 80, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning with burial in the Manning Cemetery.  The Rev. Heinieke will officiate.

Mrs. Borkowski died Tuesday evening, July 12, at St. Anthony Hospital, Carroll, where she had been a patient one day.  She had lived at a Perry nursing home since May 1.

Born Aug. 20, 1885, at Round Grove in Scott County, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Catherine Paulsen. She lived in Scott and O 'Brien Counties and in Missouri until she came, still a young child, to the Manning area in a covered wagon with her parents. She was married August 1, 1906 to Otto F. Borkowski at Lincoln Township Church in Audubon County. They were parents of five children.

Survivors include: Mr. Borkowski; three sons, Clarence of Jefferson, Earl of Glidden and Harold of Botna; Three sisters, Mrs. Alvina Strive and Mrs. Katie Musfeldt, both of Manning; and Mrs. Amanda Welding of Portland, Ore.; 30 grandchildren, and 42 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded by a son, Roy; a daughter, Mrs. John Mamie Rostermundt; three brothers, Peter, Henry and Charles Paulsen; and a sister, Mrs. May Jurden.

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May 12, 1955.........Mrs. Ben Brincks, 66, a Milford resident since 1938, died about 8 p.m. last Thursday night of a heart attack at her home here, as she was washing the supper dishes. She had suffered a previous attack two weeks ago, but had not been ill since then, and was apparently feeling well just before the fatal attack came. Requiem high mass was held at St. Joseph's church Monday morning, May 9, at 9 o'clock with Father Ernst conducting the services. Interment was made in Calvary Cemetery.

Four of Mrs. Brinck's grandsons, Edwin and Elmer Berger, Ray Benneker and Dennis Huelsbeck and two nephews, Lambert Spieker and Clarence Brincks.

Elizabeth Spieker Brincks, the daughter of Anton and Sophia Heineke Spieker, was born June 3, 1888, on a farm in Carroll county, Iowa. She grew to young womanhood there and was united in marriage with Ben Brincks, also of Carroll county, on Sept. 12. 1905 in St. Peter and Paul's Catholic church. Mr. and Mrs. Brincks made their home on a farm in Carroll county where they reared their family and lived until 1938 when they retired and came Milford to make their home. Plans were underway for the Golden Wedding anniversary celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Brincks which their children intended to hold in September of this year, had not death changed those plans.

Mr. and Mrs. Brincks became the parents of five children, three daughters and two sons, who are Josephine, Mrs. Joe Berger of Coon Rapids; Loretta, Mrs. Ben Benneker of Carroll, Iowa; Edward of Carroll; Hilda, Mrs. Ed Huelsbeck of Terril and Raymond at home. These children, with the widower, survive, as do 11 grandchildren. Mrs. Brincks leaves two sisters and four brothers; Mrs. Anna Reicks and Mrs. Theresa Brincks of Carroll, John Spieker and Tony Spieker of Canute, Oklahoma, Joe Spieker of Petersburgh, Neb., and Matt Spieker of Milford. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mrs. Mary Reicks, and by her parents.

Mrs. Brincks was a loving wife and mother, who put the welfare of her family and her home and the love of her church above all else. Her grandchildren were a source of joy to her, and she took great pleasure in the simple things of life - her garden and her flowers.

Those attending the last rites, from a distance, included the children, Mrs. Joe Berger of Coon Rapids, Mrs. Ben Benneker of Carroll, Edward of Carroll and Mrs. Ed Huelsbeck of Terril; brothers John of Canute, Okla., Joe and his family of Petersburgh, Neb., and sisters, Mrs. Theresa Brincks and Mrs. Anna Reicks of Carroll and many other relatives and friends from Carroll County.

St. Mary's and St. Elizabeth's circles of St. Joseph church served lunch to all the relatives.

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