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Marquardt Memorial Manor

Marquardt Village

Founded 1969




The Moravian Church, Western District, is proceeding with plans to build a Nursing Care Home in Watertown.  In a meeting held Thursday, April 7, the board voted to contact an architect to meet with them at the next meeting, April 28.  The acquisition of suitable land is also under consideration.  An executive board has been organized with Boyd Flater, Watertown, president; Karl Fischer, Watertown, vice president; Miss Ella Appenfeldt, Lake Mills, secretary.   WDT



The Western District of the Moravian Church in America has received a gift of land for the erection of a Nursing Home in Watertown.  The property is a gift of Dr. Milton Ochs of Oak Park, Ill.  It is given in memory of the Marquardt family of which Dr. Ochs is a member.  The gift has come to the Marquardt Memorial Manor, Inc., a newly formed organization of the Moravian Church, Western District.  The near forty acres of property deeded by Dr. Ochs to the incorporation is locate on North Fourth Street with the southern boundary on Hill Street.  The initial manor home will be located on the north extension of Water Street. 



The Moravian Church seeks to provide skilled nursing care in its proposed 60-bed nursing home, Marquardt Memorial Manor, which will be built on a 40-acre plot of land in the northern edge of Watertown.  The U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare recognizes three types of nursing home care for the aging: skilled nursing care, personal care and residential care, it was pointed out.  All three types of care will be provided in the Marquart Memorial Manor, according to Karl Fischer and Boyd Flater, co-presidents of the corporation.  However, the prime need is for skilled nursing care.  The proposed plans have been submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Health in order to meet requirements for skilled nursing care.  




Announcement was made here today by Boyd Flater, president of Marquardt Memorial Manor, Inc., that plans are progressing toward establishment of an 80-bed unit skilled nursing home in Watertown. The venture is a project of the Moravian Church, Western District, with support from the churches in six midwestern states: “Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota. It is an extension of the work that the church has done from Lake Auburn Home for the Aged, located near Excelsior, Minnesota. The new nursing home is to be located on property at the north edge of the city of Watertown. The property was donated by Dr. Milton Ochs of Oak Park, Ill., whose family has had close ties with the Moravian Church in the Watertown community.   WDT




In 1968, the Western District Synod of the Moravian Church approved the idea of sponsoring a home for the elderly.  In searching for the land, the Rev. Thorlief Harberg, pastor of the Watertown Moravian Church, and Karl Fischer, an interested and concerned lay leader of the church, visited Dr. Milton Ochs in Oak Park, Ill., to request the purchase of 15 acres of his property in Watertown.  Dr. Ochs donated 50 acres of his land for the project.



It was announced today that bids have been received and contracts totaling $574,534 have been let for the construction of a new nursing home to be built in Watertown.  Marquardt Memorial Manor, sponsored by the Western District of the Moravian Church in America, is to be a home providing skilled nursing and boarding care in this area without regard to church affiliation.  It will be built on land donated for the purpose by Dr. Milton Ochs of Chicago in memory of his mother.  The initiative leading up to this undertaking came from the board of trustees of the Lake Auburn Home for the Aged located in Minnesota which appointed the trustees of Marquardt Memorial Manor, Inc. in the Watertown area.  The Lake Auburn Home for the Aged of the Moravian Church was the beneficiary of part of a legacy from the late Theophil Mueller, son of Bishop Karl A. Mueller of the Moravian Church who resided in Watertown while he was president of the Western District.    WDT



                FOUNDED.  Sponsored by Moravian Church Western District



Building work on Marquardt Memorial Manor, a new nursing home in Watertown located north of Werner Street, is moving toward completion the latter part of June.  No date for a formal opening or an open house has yet been announced but the board of directors expects that the home should be able to begin operation sometime after the middle of July.  Donald A. Morris of West Allis has been named by the board of directors as the administrator of the home.  He has been laying groundwork with the expectation of establishing his office in the home this week.     WDT



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12 22       Rev. HICKS’ CHRISTMAS GIFT

When Rev. Eric Schulze stumbled to the door at 1 a.m. Wednesday, he didn't expect to see Rev. Jack Hicks.  But there was Hicks, four hours late with a Christmas present for Rev. and Mrs. Schulze.  “I hate to disturb you at this hour,” said Hicks, who was to have brought the gift when carolers came to the apartment the previous night.  Out stepped Edee, Dianne and Tim, the three Schulzes left in California when Rev. Schulze came to Watertown to become chaplain of Marquardt Memorial Manor in September.  A few weeks earlier Mrs. Schulze had told the Genesis group, an adult class at Watertown Moravian Church of which Hicks is pastor, that this Christmas would be different because the children were 2,000 miles away.   WDT




Memorial Manor, according to announcement today by Boyd Flater, executive director. The expansion, if given formal approval by the governing board, would be in the form of a 50-unit two-bedroom apartment building to be located on the Manor’s property on 1020 Hill Street.  Flater said the Manor had secured the services of Dixon and Associates, Ltd., of West Bend, to do a feasibility study on the proposed project, and the results of that study showed a need for the housing project.



Durant Architectural group has been instructed by the boards of Marquardt Memorial Manor, Mueller Apartments and Moravian Homes to develop construction documents, the next step in the development of Hus Apartments.  The sale of apartments will continue.  The objective is readiness for construction in November.  The Hus Apartments are designed for persons age 62 and older.  The two-bedroom apartments will be designed for security, with emergency call capacity in each room, freedom from maintenance concerns and easy access to the noon meal program at Mueller Apartments.



                [same date} Dr. Louis W. Nowack resigned as city health commissioner; will continue as medical director of Marquardt   WDT


10 23       Construction of Hus Apartments   WDT



Jerry Dommer, architect – Ground was broken Monday for Hus Apartments, a senior citizen facility to be operated as part of Marquardt Memorial Manor.  Taking part in the ceremony were future residents of the new apartments, officials from Marquardt Manor and Mueller Apartments, and members of the Moravian clergy.  Hus Apartments is the fifth construction project by Maas Brothers Construction Company on the site of Marquardt Manor.  The project also represents the fifth set of plans prepared by Jerry Dommer of the Durant group of architects.


Ground was broken for Hus Apartments, a senior citizen facility to be operated as part of Marquardt Memorial Manor.  Taking part in the ceremony were future residents of the new apartments, officials from Marquardt Manor and Mueller Apartments, and members of the Moravian clergy.  Hus Apartments is the fifth construction project by Maas Brothers Construction Company on the site of Marquardt Manor.  The project also represents the fifth set of plans prepared by Jerry Dommer of the Durant group of architects.




Marquardt has been in existence for about 15 years, and much effort has been placed on buildings and building improvements.  This spring the home is concentrating on the exterior, including the planting of trees and the making of flower beds.  A total of 80 trees have been planted.  Much of the money for this project has been provided by the various Moravian Church Sunday school classes and other Moravian Church organizations (women’s fellowships, dartball teams, etc.)  The Sunday school teachers and the children from the Watertown Moravian Church, 510 Cole St., visited Marquardt Manor to see the trees which their donations had provided.  Four flower beds are also in the process of being planted by two of the volunteers, Mrs. Betty Cudnohowski and Mrs. Ruth McEntire.


08 06       Dr. LOUIS NOWACK

Dr. Louis W. Nowack, medical director of Marquardt Memorial Manor, named winner of downtown Main Street bridge naming contest   WDT



Reception for residents of Hus Apartments; first privately financed senior citizen apartments in city   WDT



05 06       Hus Apartments expansion   WDT


05 21       Medicare provider, Marquardt Home Health Agency licensed.  WDT



Construction of an additional 28 one and two bedroom units at the Hus Apartment Complex is proceeding on schedule.  The new units will bring the total number of apartments at the complex to 50 and will boost the Manor’s investment in the project to $2,493,000.  The apartments, to be constructed by Maas Brothers Construction Company, will be connected to the existing units giving residents access to activities at the Manor and Mueller Apartments which offers a noon meal as part of the rental agreement.  WDT





03 26       KYRAN CLARK

Kyran Clark of Sun Prairie has been appointed as financial officer of Marquardt Memorial Manor.  The new position was recently created by the nursing home’s board of directors.  Clark has considerable expertise in financial management and is joining the administration at a time when Marquardt is preparing to expand, according to Administrator Boyd Flater.  The expansion plan calls for an addition of 9,000 square feet to the manor to provide more space for the administrative services.  It also includes construction of additional duplexes, two of which will be completed by July 1.    WDT


07 13       After the two years needed for planning, receiving state approval and obtaining necessary financing, a major expansion and renovation project is under way at Marquardt Memorial Manor.  The estimated cost of the 9,000-square-foot addition is $750,000.  The Durrant group of Madison has been involved, and local contracts have been awarded to Maas Brothers Construction Co., Kehr Brothers Heating Inc. and Wagner and Sons Electric.  The building will be expanded on the east and south sides.  Officials of Marquardt Manor anticipate the project will be completed by February of 1988.  No interruption of the facility’s operations is anticipated during the project.   WDT


09 04       Marquardt Memorial Manor has commissioned a study that will attempt to determine if additional housing and services for the elderly are needed in Watertown.  Marquardt officials say the administration feels it is imperative, after nearly 20 years of operation, to evaluate current needs in order to adequately carry out its mission of service to the elderly.  The manor, which opened its facility in 1969, operates a skilled, long-term nursing care facility with a 10-bed capacity.  In addition, Marquardt operates two associated independent residential facilities — the subsidized 100-unit Mueller Apartments and the 50-unit Hus Apartments.  Also, a building program has been started to provide duplex housing units, known as the Ochs homes.   WDT



02 04       Marquardt Memorial Manor plans to expand its housing for the elderly with the construction of 17 two-family housing units on Highland Avenue.  Boyd Flater, executive director at Marquardt said the duplex buildings, known as Ochs’ Homes, will be similar to the five two-unit buildings for the elderly on Hus Drive.   WDT


12 19       Marquardt Memorial Manor plans to construct additional housing units, south of its current facilities, for elderly residents. Executive Director Boyd Flater told Watertown Planning Commission members Monday that Marquardt proposes to build a 24-bed community-based residential facility on Bayberry Drive.  The facility may be expanded another 24 units in the future.  The facility would have single-room apartments with separate bathrooms for elderly residents.  The apartments would share a central area for dining and activities.  Flater said the proposed facility would serve elderly people who need some supervision, yet are not ready for a nursing home.  WDT



03 03       Citizens will get an opportunity Tuesday to express their views about Marquardt Memorial Manor’s rezoning request for a three-story elderly housing complex.  The city planning commission voted unanimously last week to recommend against the rezoning.  Several residents who live near the property, as well as 13th District Alderman Robert Biwersi, said they were opposed to the construction of a three-story building at that location.  Marquardt officials say the proposed elderly housing building would be similar to the 101-unit Mueller Apartments already in operation.  Marquardt already has a waiting list from tenants seeking similar housing.   WDT


May          Marquardt Memorial Manor started construction on a community based residential facility, valued at $1 million, in May.    WDT



A special service and open house will be held at Marquardt Memorial Manor on Sunday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Marquardt Village.  Marquardt Manor admitted its first five patients on July 29, 1969.  The Marquardt complex has since grown to include over 350 residents in independent living to nursing home care facilities.    WDT



Bonnie Zabel of Watertown has assumed the position of director of nursing at Marquardt Memorial Manor.  She has served as a charge nurse and day shift supervisor at the nursing home where she has been employed since January of 1987. As nursing director, she will supervise a staff of between 130 and 140 nurses and nurse’s aides.  Zabel has an extensive background in nursing and supervision.  She was employed by Watertown Memorial Hospital for 10 years as a staff nurse, in the intensive care unit, floor supervisor, and as a house supervisor.  She was a nursing supervisor at Medical Associates for 10 years and was employed at Bethesda Lutheran Home for one year as an employee health nurse.  As nursing director, Zabel intends to promote nursing in long term care.  “The nursing staff must be keyed into the needs of residents in order to make an evaluation on changes in condition.  People are coming out of the hospital ‘quicker and sicker’ and we have to be trained and ready to care for these people.  We are doing IVs, multiple dressings, offering hospice care and other services that were not available in a nursing home a few years ago.  We also offer more rehabilitative therapy than we did a few years ago,” she said.   WDT



Members of the Marquardt Memorial Manor nursing staff helped Dr. Louis W. Nowack celebrate his 50th anniversary as a physician Friday.  Except for a seven year stint with the Army Air Corps during World War II and a short time when he practiced medicine in another state, Nowack served as a Watertown general practitioner for all of those 50 years.  He has been Marquardt’s medical director for the past 15 years.   WDT



                The last gap in facilities to care for the elderly at Marquardt Village will be completed by Nov. 15 when Zinzendorf Hall will be ready for occupants.  The community based residential facility, located at 1148 Bayberry Drive near Marquardt Manor, will provide independent living, security and support for the elderly and handicapped.  The new 24room building will provide an extra measure of care and supervision for residents unable to live alone but not in need of skilled nursing home care.  Marquardt Village currently provides duplex, apartment and nursing home facilities.   WDT




A reception in honor of the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Bishop Milo A. Loppnow will be held at Marquardt Memorial Manor on Saturday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  An anniversary dinner will follow at 7 p.m. in the Marquardt dining room.  Reservations are suggested for the dinner.  Bishop Karl Mueller ordained Loppnow in September 1940 as a deacon of the Moravian Church.  The service was conducted in Berea Moravian Church in Winona County, Minnesota.  The Western District office serving the upper Midwest region of the Moravian Church during Mueller’s tenure was located in Watertown.




Marquardt Manor Village has begun a three-phase expansion plan which includes a new coffee shop and activity center, 12 duplex units and 24 additional units at Zinzendorf Hall.  Plans are also under way to develop 14 acres of land in Sturgeon Bay, according to Boyd Flater, executive director of Marquardt.  The coffee shop and activity center will be located in a two-story building adjacent to Mueller Apartments with access from the Marquardt walkway.  The 7,500-square-foot facility will include a multipurpose room and coffee shop on the first floor, and whirlpool room, exercise room, craft room and greenhouse on the ground floor.



The Karl Fischer Activity Center at Marquardt Memorial Manor has opened and will prove to be a popular feature now that winter has arrived.  Construction of the two-story activity center was completed Nov. 1.  It is located adjacent to Mueller Apartments with access from the Marquardt walkway and is also accessible to Hus Apartment residents.  Boyd Flater, executive director of the Marquardt complex, said because the residents in those apartments can get to the facility without venturing outside, the center should be well-used this winter.  The 7,500-foot facility, decorated in mauve and green, includes a multipurpose room and coffee shop on the first floor, and whirlpool room, exercise room, craft room and greenhouse on the second floor.  Flater said the added space will allow Marquardt to bring bingo, dancing, crafts and other activities on the premises.  The exercise room and eight-person whirlpool will be of great value for physical therapy, he added.




The Karl Fischer Activity Center will be dedicated at 2 p.m. Sunday at Marquardt Village.  The center will be dedicated to the late Karl Fischer, a Watertown businessman who was very active in supporting and promoting the ministry of the Marquardt complex.  Participants in the ceremony at the center will include the Rev. R. Burke Johnson, president of the Western District executive board; Kenneth Kant, president of the Marquardt Village board of directors; the Right Rev. Milo Loppnow of Marquardt Village, and the Rev. Barry Lehman, co-pastor of Watertown Moravian Church, and Boyd Flater, executive director of Marquardt Village.  Music for the dedication will be provided by Susan Heninger, pianist; Grace Bentzin, soloist; and the Brass Quintet consisting of Alan Anderson, Jerry Borchardt, Thomas Heninger, Patricia Neuberger and Cody O’Brien.



A seminar focusing on Count Zinzendorf and his theology will be presented by Dr. Gary Kinkel in Karl Fischer Center at Marquardt Village.  There is no admission charge to the seminars which are sponsored as a service to the community for a greater understanding of the history, heritage and theology behind Marquardt Village.  Kinkel will discuss issues crucial to Zinzendorf and his leadership of the Moravian Church in the 1700s.  Zinzendorf has been called the most important German theologian between the reformation and the late 19th century and is considered the father of modern Protestant missions.  Zinzendorf saw through the limitations of his era in ways that are attractive and viable to us today.



Boyd Flater, executive director of Marquardt Village, plans to retire effective Aug. 15 after serving as head of the complex for the past 11 years.  Flater was a charter member of the Marquardt Village Board of Directors when Marquardt Manor was incorporated in 1967.  His membership on the board of directors was continuous until he assumed the administrative position of executive director.  Under Flater’s administration, services of Marquardt Village to the community greatly increased.  Expansion at the village included establishment of Marquardt’s Home Health Agency and a pharmacy to provide better monitoring of resident medications.



Kyran F. Clark has been named new executive director of Marquardt Village.  He has been associated with Marquardt since 1987 as financial officer, housing administrator and assistant administrator of Marquardt’s Home Health Agency.  As part of Marquardt’s administrative staff for the past five years, Clark has helped to oversee the expansion of Marquardt Village in several areas.  In his new capacity as head administrator, he said he hopes to see continued growth at the complex and increased quality of care for residents.  He said one of his goals is to add 40 rooms to Marquardt Manor nursing home to provide more private facilities for residents.  The expansion would allow Marquardt to convert most of its rooms to single occupancy.  The home currently has 140 residents with 38 private rooms.  With the expansion, most residents would be able to have a private room.




A nursing home in Watertown may seem a long way off from social and economic problems in Central America, but the Moravian Church is working to close the gap.  When Marquardt Manor decided to upgrade 50 of its beds under a long-range program to improve the quality of life for its residents, mission volunteer and board member Charles Nienow raised his hand in a bid for the beds.  Would Marquardt be willing to give the bed frames to a Moravian mission clinic and hospital in Honduras?  Marquardt agreed and the beds are now on their way to the Clinia Evangelica Morava in Ahuas, Honduras, Central America, to be used by the Mosquito Indians.  The clinic is operated by the Board of World Missions in Bethlehem, Pa.



Ground was broken this week for the 50-unit Anna Nitschmann Apartments which will be part of Marquardt Village.  The two-story apartment building will be located at 1035 Hill St. next to Zinzendorf Hall.  The project will include the extension of Hidde Drive from Perry Street to connect with Hill Street.  Construction began this week and is expected to be completed by Feb. 1, 1994, according to Kyran Clark, executive director of Marquardt Village.  Of the 50 apartments, 26 will be 800 square feet with one bedroom and one bath, and 24 will be 1,100 square feet with two bedrooms and two baths.  General contractor for the project is Maas Brothers of Watertown.  Plans for the building were developed by the architectural firm of Durrant-Heike.  Valley Bank of Watertown is handling the construction loan.



Kathy Brennecke has been named housing administrator of Marquardt Village, according to Kyran Clark, executive director.  Her responsibilities include the operation and marketing of all apartment and duplex housing in Marquardt Village.  Housing in the village includes Mueller Apartments, Hus Apartments, Ochs Homes and the latest addition, Anna Nitschmann Apartments, now under construction.  Brennecke is a longtime member of the Marquardt management team.  She joined Marquardt in 1974 and became environmental director in 1975.  Supportive home care manager responsibilities were added in 1982.  She also became Lifeline of Watertown manager in 1988.



A well-known Watertown physician has announced his second retirement.  Dr. Louis W. Nowack has retired from Marquardt Memorial Manor where he has served as medical director for many years.  A retirement party in his honor was held Wednesday at Marquardt.  Prior to joining Marquardt, he was active in the medical profession for 35 years before closing his local practice in 1976.  With his 80th birthday approaching on Sunday, Nowack said, "I've done my duty and I'm kind of worn out."  His duties at Marquardt included lending his medical expertise to staff members.     WDT




John H. Becker, M.D., has been named medical director of Marquardt Manor.  He succeeds Dr. Louis W. Nowack, who retired.  Becker has served as interim medical director since July 1993.  Becker operated a private practice in Watertown from 1956 to 1989.  He has been active in several professional and community services over the years.  He was born in Watertown on Sept. 15, 1923 to William and Mary Becker.  He graduated from Watertown High School in 1941.  He attended Northwestern College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Citadel in South Carolina, and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.  He graduated from Georgetown University, Virginia, in 1949 with a medical degree.



The first residents of Anna Nitschmann Apartments will begin moving in Saturday, according to Kyran Clark, executive director of Marquardt Village.  The new 50-unit apartment facility at 1035 Hill St., adjacent to Zinzendorf Hall, is the newest addition to the village.  Kathy Brennecke, housing administrator for Marquardt Village, said 36 of the 50 units are taken and more are expected to be purchased in the near future.  An open house will be held at Anna Nitschmann on Sunday, April 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. when the public is invited to tour the two-story building.



12 14       The request of Marquardt Memorial Manor for rezoning to allow construction of a two-story 52-unit apartment building for the elderly at 800-806 Hidde Drive and a large annexation on the south side of the city will be considered by the Watertown City Council.  The land is currently zoned single family residential and would require special elderly zoning to allow the construction.  Watertown Planning Commission last week supported the rezoning effort.




Milo Loppnow Apartments, the latest addition to Marquardt Village, can be viewed at an open house on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.  The public is invited to tour the building.  Refreshments will be served.  The new 52-unit facility is located at 800 Hidde Drive on the Marquardt Village campus.  The two-story complex is the latest addition to the village which includes Marquardt Manor, Zinzendorf Hall, Hus Apartments, Anna Nitschmann Apartments, Mueller Apartments, Karl Fischer Center and Ochs Home duplexes.  Sherry Miller, assistant housing administrator for Marquardt Village, said 23 of the 52 units are contracted.  The first residents began occupying the building the last week of December.


10 21       Kyran Clark carved figures in a tree stump outside Marquardt Memorial Manor   WDT






03 03       Anne Krystyniak has been appointed to assistant housing administrator for Marquardt Village. The position takes effect today. Kyran Clark, executive director of Marquardt said Krystyniak will have responsibilities in housing management, marketing, service coordination and staff supervision. She will report to Kathy Ready, housing administrator. Krystyniak and her husband, Bob, co-managed Watertown Ace Hardware and Watertown Coast-to-Coast Hardware for over 18 years. She serves on St. Bernard’s Finance Committee, the Bread and Roses Committee and is an usher/greeter. She is also a board member of the Watertown Community Foundation and is a volunteer for the Watertown Humane Society.


09            The early beginnings of Marquardt Village were the outgrowth of a study presented in 1965 indicating that Watertown was the largest Wisconsin city without being served by a nursing home.  On the basis of that survey the Western District of the Moravian Church authorized a study on the feasibility of operating a nursing home in Watertown.


The positive results of that study were quickly followed by a gift of land from Dr. Milton Ochs, son of Anna Sophia Marquardt Ochs, who had owned much of the land on which Marquardt is now located.


"I won't sell you 15 acres;

I'll give you the whole works"


Karl Fischer and Thor Harberg, founding members of the effort to locate a Moravian-backed nursing home in Watertown, approached Dr. Ochs with a request to buy 15 acres from this large parcel in the heart of the city. His answer:  "I won't sell you 15 acres; I'll give you the whole works." [see Watertown Daily Times article of 03 12 2005 (WHS_005_091) for related Ochs article]


With this gift of land, planning for Marquardt Village began and construction got underway a short time later.  In July of 1969 the first residents moved into the 60-bed nursing home.


Over the years the nursing home was expanded to 140 beds. In the ensuing years, more projects were developed on the property. They were, in order of development, Mueller Apartments, Hus Apartments, Ochs Homes Duplexes, Zinzendorf Hall (a community based residential facility), Karl Fischer Center, Anna Nitschmann Apartments and Milo Loppnow Apartments.



05 02       Dr. Moe Chin has been named medical director at Marquardt Memorial Manor.  Chin has a family practice medical office in Watertown.  He was formerly medical director at Beverly Health Care Center.  He succeeds Dr. John Becker who recently resigned.  Bonnie Zabel, administrator at Marquardt Memorial Manor, said she is proud to add Chin to the staff.  “Dr. Chin has exhibited professionalism and caring for the geriatric client for over 20 years in Watertown.  He is an excellent addition to our mission of caring for the elderly and the handicapped in a Christian environment.”


09 19       Marquardt Village will mark its 35th anniversary with a special service Sunday at 2 p.m. in Bethany Chapel at Marquardt Memorial Manor.  A reception will follow in the Karl Fischer Center.  The public is invited to the anniversary celebration.  The early beginnings of Marquardt Village were the outgrowth of a study presented by Ella Appenfeldt in 1965 indicating that Watertown was the largest Wisconsin city without being served by a nursing home.  On the basis of that survey the Western District of the Moravian Church authorized a study on the feasibility of operating a nursing home in Watertown.  The positive results of that study were quickly followed by a gift of land from Dr. Milton Ochs, son of Anna Sophia Marquardt Ochs, who had owned much of the land on which Marquardt is now located.




George Ochs, 81, grew up in Chicago, IL., entered the U.S. Air Force, traveled throughout the world and now lives where his ancestors first settled.  Today George calls Hus Apartments home and lives on the same land that his ancestors harvested grapes for wine, the Marquardt family farm.  Christian George Marquardt and his wife, George’s great-grandparents, made their way to Watertown from their homeland of northern Germany in the 1840s.



01 20       100-YEAR-OLD GRAND PIANO

A treasured piece of Marquardt family history returned home to Marquardt Memorial Manor Friday afternoon.  The 100-year-old grand piano was in a state of severe deterioration a few months ago but has been fully restored and will continue to entertain and accompany those visiting and singing at the Marquardt Manor Chapel.  “You can tell this instrument was lovingly restored,” Kyran Clark, executive director of the manor, said.  “It’s absolutely beautiful and has a wonderful sound.”  Dr. Milton Ochs, a descendent of the Marquardt family, donated the grand piano to the manor almost 35 years ago.  Although the manor enjoyed the historic instrument, it was deteriorating and Clark said the manor was looking into purchasing a new piano.



John Ebert and Rich Moen have been elected to serve on the Marquardt Village Board of Directors.  Ebert, the community bank president at the Watertown office of M&I Bank, has been affiliated with M&I in various capacities since 1982 and has been in the Watertown office since 1992.  Moen is the owner of RE/MAX Realty Center, which he founded in 1996.  He attended the University of Northern Iowa and has resided in Watertown for the past 22 years.




The Watertown Common Council authorized Marquardt Memorial Manor to refinance over $1 million for the Zinzendorf Hall project through the city’s Community Development Authority.  The Community Development Authority previously issued $1,828,000 in state development revenue bonds in 1999 to refinance the bonds issued in 1990 to finance the Zinzendorf Hall project, and Marquardt Manor officials have determined it would be in their best interest to refinance the bonds once again.  Marquardt Manor officials wish to obtain financing for the refunding of the bonds issued in 1999 and have requested that the Community Development Authority refund the bonds by an amount not to exceed $1.25 million.




Marquardt Village will mark its 40th anniversary with a special service Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in Bethany Chapel at Marquardt Manor.  A reception will follow in the Karl Fischer Center.  The public is invited to the anniversary celebration.  Marquardt Village provides skilled nursing, assisted living, independent living, therapies, home health, hospice and chore services.  “We now have over 550 residents living in Marquardt Village and 280 dedicated employees,” according to Kyran Clark, executive director.  “Our mission continues to be the glue that holds it all together.


                40th anniversary flyer



02 04       Rev. Milo A. Loppnow, 1914-2013






The then Marquardt Manor admitted its first five patients on July 29, 1969. 





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