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Wilfrid Elmer Joerger


1917 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Wilfrid Elmer Joerger Obituary
Wilfrid Elmer Joerger July 26, 1917 - December 5, 2013 Wilfrid E. Joerger was born on July 26, 1917 in Mapleton, Iowa, to John and Laura Joerger, the sixth child in a family of 16. He passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side on December 5, 2013. Willie, as he was known to family and friends, grew up in an Iowa farming family. He helped his father on the farm until 1942 when he entered the U.S. Army to serve in World War II. He met his future wife Annabelle (Andy) Lauderdale while home on leave. They began their 68-year marriage on April 28, 1945, in San Antonio, Texas. Following his discharge from the Army, Willie and Andy returned to Iowa and the small town of Lourdes, where he owned a service station. In 1949, they moved to Omaha Nebraska, where Willie attended radio and television school. Upon graduation from the Radio Technical Institute, they lived in both Oelwein and Charles City, Iowa, where Willie worked in the new field of television repair and in the automotive field. In 1963, Willie, Andy, and their six children moved to Bakersfield, Ca., where he continued to work in auto parts sales until his retirement in 1982. After retirement, Willie worked for several years as a school crossing guard, a job he truly enjoyed. Willie enjoyed hunting pheasant in Iowa and dove in California, often surprising his fellow hunters with his marksmanship. He didn't boast about his U.S. Army Sharpshooting Medal. Willie loved sports of all kind, especially watching the Dodgers. A devout Roman Catholic for his entire life, Willie was a parishioner at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Bakersfield, where he served on the original parish council and was head usher for many years. He was a strong supporter of both Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and Garces Memorial High School. A member of the Knights of Columbus since 1946, he was active in the local Council 977 serving in various capacities, including Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator, and Color Corps Commander. Willie is survived by his wife Andy; daughters Marge Becas (Ken) and Rita Watts (Dave); daughter-in-law Cyndi Scott; sons Tom (Nancy), John (Ellen), and Ken (Alisia); brother Don Joerger and sister Rita Kobliska; 21 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and over 100 nieces and nephews as well as numerous cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Joann Scott, son-in-law Bill Scott, and 13 brothers and sisters. Visitation will take place from 4 - 8 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12, 2013, at Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Boulevard. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Dec. 13, 2013, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 124 Columbus Street. Internment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Road. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Knights of Columbus, P.O. Box 977, Bakersfield, Ca. 93302 www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 10, 2013
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