Update: we also found Melvin Borkowski's obituary on the Sharp website. I don't have any pictures of his specific family but a few connections to the Vollstedt family - shown below.

My mother is constantly visiting the various funeral home websites of this area to watch for Manning connected people who pass away. Many times the family doesn't put the obituary in the local paper so those individuals will pass away and I won't be aware of it.


Melvin Borkowski
July 1, 1937 - November 19, 2018

Melvin Borkowski, age 81, of Carroll, died Monday, November 19, 2018, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Mt. Carmel. The Celebrant will be Fr. Gary Snyder. Music will be by Nancy Lemker and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Choir. Lector for the funeral mass will be Vicki Drees. Gift Bearers will be Dave and Lisa Borkowski. Eucharistic Minister will be Lori Danner. Casket Bearers will be: Mitchell Borkowski, Noah Borkowski, Grant Borkowski, Tim Pudenz, Lynn Wuebker, and Bob Drees. Burial will be in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll after 5 p.m. on Friday where there will be a Christian Wake Service at 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation will be from 9-9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll and online condolences may be left for Melvin's family at www.sharpfuneral.com.

Born on July 1, 1937, in Carroll County, Melvin was the son of Clarence Borkowski and Mabel (Vollstedt) Borkowski. He spent his early years near Manning and then moved to Carroll with his mother where he attended Carroll Community Schools.

On September 7, 1959, Melvin was united in marriage to Leota Ortner at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Mt. Carmel. The couple made their home near Carroll where Melvin held various jobs including driving truck for Tiefenthaler Ag-Lime, working as a farm hand for Wilbur Pudenz, and also operated his own farm operation, raising corn and soybeans. In 1989, Melvin and Leota moved to their home north of Carroll.

Melvin enjoyed playing cards, touring the countryside, and going to Drees' regularly for coffee. His greatest joy was his family and he loved being active in all of his grandchildren's activities. Melvin was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Mt. Carmel.

Melvin is survived by his wife Leota Borkowski of Carroll; his son, Dave Borkowski and his wife Lisa of Lidderdale; his grandsons: Mitchell Borkowski of Tiffin, Noah Borkowski and Grant Borkowski, both of Lidderdale; his sisters: Shirley Lesto of Wells, Minnesota; and LaRae Walgenbreach of Nesbit, Mississippi; his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law: Sylvia Onken of Pocahontas, Marilyn Wuebker of Carroll, Jane (Don) Drees of Carroll and Marilyn Ortner of Pittsville, Wisconsin; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended relatives.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; and his sisters: Ruby Eagen and Janet Krowiorz.


William & Cecelia (Kuhl) Vollstedt

Back: Hugo, Bill, Ted, Elsie
Ray, Virtus, Mabel
William Vollstedt was born July 26, 1875 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He came to America as a young man. March 6, 1899, he married Cecilia Kuhl who was born in Scott County March 6, 1879. They lived on a farm southeast of Manning, then moved to the farm five miles north of Manning where they lived 38 years. They had seven children: Theodore, William, Jr., Hugo, Elsie, Mabel, Raymond and Virtus.
Cecelia died May 25, 1923, and William died February 5, 1943.
Theodore, 1900-1990, married Alvina Vehrs. Their son Lyle (deceased), married Vera Macomber.
William, Jr., 1901-1979, married Edna Schroeder. They raised their niece, Phyllis Musfeldt, from the time she was 18 months old, after her mother's death. Phyllis married Bill Opperman.
Hugo, 1902-1964, married Evelyn Schumann. Their children are Dean (deceased), Roger, Carol, and Barbara. Dean married Phyllis Eberle; Roger married Rosemary Spieker, Carol married Robert Hagedorn; and Barbara married Larry Horky.
Elsie, 1904-1967, kept house for her father and helped raise the younger children after her mother's death.
Mabel, 1907-2002, was married to Clarence Borkowski. Their children are Ruby, Jeanette (deceased), Shirley, Melvin, and LaRae. Ruby married Don Eagen; Jeanette married Dan Krewiorz; Shirley married Gordon Lesto; Melvin married Leota Ortner; and LaRae married John Walgenbach.
Raymond, 1910-1986, married Melvina Kuhl. Their children are Paul and Darlys. Darlys married Gerry Bean.
Virtus, 1913-1966, married Kathryn Kuhl. Their children are Dale and Sylvia. Dale married Darlene Genzen, and Sylvia married Joeseph Engel.

The Vollstedt family will be remembered as road maintainers for three generations. It began with William Sr., and continued down to his sons William Jr., Hugo, Raymond, and Virtus and through the third generation of Hugo's son, Dean. They responded to many calls to keep the roads open for weddings, births, sickness, deaths, and other emergencies.


Melvina (Kuhl) & Ray Vollstedt


Ted Vollstedt


Virtus on threshing machine, Ray on baler, Darlys (daughter of Ray) riding bales up to stack


Front: Cliff Tank, Alvin Hagedorn, Ray Vollstedt
Ray Bohlman on bundle rack, Virtus Vollstedt on threshing machine


Dale Vollstedt, Orville Hinz (in straw hat)


Vollstedt home

I do have a number of different Borkowski & Paulsen pictures, obituaries, and some information but I don't have any pictures specifically on Otto & Emma (Paulsen) Borkowski.
Siblings of Clarence were Mamie Rostermundt, Roy, Earl, and Harold "Jack" Borkowski.


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