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Ralph A. Boerger
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  • Casey Hoelscher Memorial Scholarship Fund
    435 S. Washington St.
    New Bremen, OH 45869

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“Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.EZEKIEL 18:32. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“Linda, Connie, Rick and families,We are very sorry for your loss. Uncle Ralph was a very special person. His eulogy at my Dad's funeral was so...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Jim Boerger - Westlake, OH

“We always enjoyed watching Ralph get his mail while on his lawnmower when we would pass by their home. We also enjoyed seeing Ralph each year for...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Shawn & Laura Niekamp and family - OH

“I cherish the memories of Uncle Ralph and Aunt Eileen, my godparents, participating in all the special events in my childhood. All of those black...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Sara Webb - Bellbrook, OH

“To The Ralph Boerger Family, We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Ralph was a great guy, and we always enjoyed running into him and Irene....Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Mark & Terri Doenges - Wapakoneta, OH

“Thinking about all of Uncle Ralph's stories. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Gerald and Judy DeLoye - OH

“May Uncle Ralph rest in peace. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Joyce McLane - Windermere, FL

“Dear Linda, Connie, and Rick, Your dad was my World War II HERO. I told the story numerous times at Wright Patterson AFB (where I used to work)...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: MARLENE GARRETT - Beavercreek, OH

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of New Bremen, died on Friday, December 26, 2014 at 6:20 P.M. at the Elmwood Assisted Living of New Bremen. He was born on March 5, 1919 in Ft. Loramie, OH. He was the son of Frank and Emma (Ernst) Boerger. On November 25, 1948, in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Newport, OH., he married Eileen M. Perin who died on June 11, 2014. Survivors include his daughters; Linda Fortkamp and Connie and Rick Hoelscher, both of New Bremen, grandchildren Scott and Amy Fortkamp of Cincinnati, Robb and Nichole Fortkamp of Springboro and Tina and Brandon Jester of Newport, OH., great grandchildren; Luke, Henry, Pete, Vince and Lucy Fortkamp and his sisters Clarissa Thieman of Minster, Mary Frances of Russia and Ruth Dabbelt of New Bremen. Preceding him in death was his grandson Casey Hoelscher, son in law Ralph Fortkamp, brothers; Leo, Alfred, Clarence, Frank, Robert and Herbert Boerger and his sisters Alma Feldman, Catherine Boerger, Juliana Wagner and Dorothy Wolf.
Mr. Boerger was a member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen where he had been an adult Mass server for over 27 years, helping with regular weekday and funeral Masses. He was a member of the church's former Men's Society. Ralph was involved with the purchase and construction of the present day church and received the honorary shovel at the ground breaking from the New Bremen Mayor for his work and dedication to the church. He served as the secretary for the Holy Redeemer Church's first Pastoral Council. He was a member of the F.O.E. 1391 of Minster and was a Life Member of the American Legion Post 241 of New Bremen. Mr. Boerger proudly served as a Staff Sargent in the United States Army during WW II. He was a medic with the 45 Infantry Division in the European Theater, serving on the front lines for 511 days for which he was highly decorated, including the Silver Star and the Bronze Star. He enjoyed gardening, many times giving away his abundance of produce to neighbors and friends and he was an avid fisherman. His portrayal of Santa Clause for more than 50 years touched the lives of numerous children of all ages.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen with Rev. Thomas Mannebach officiating. Burial will follow at the German Protestant Cemetery in New Bremen with full Military Honors by the American Legion Post 241. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 from 3:00 until 7:00 PM at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home and on Wednesday from 9 until 10 A.M. at the church at which time the Rosary will be prayed. Memorial contributions can be made to the Casey Hoelscher Memorial Scholarship Fund within the New Bremen Education Foundation or to the charity of the donor's choice. Condolences to the Boerger family may be left at