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Marvin Derge

1928 - 2005



Marvin "Kip" J. Derge, 77, of Watertown, died on July 10, 2005, at his home.


A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Watertown with the Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.


Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watertown, with graveside military rites conducted by American Legion Post No. 189.


The 40 and 8 and American Legion Post No. 189 met at the funeral home as a group.


Memorials were suggested to the charity of one's choice.


Marvin was born June 21, 1928, in the town of Herman, son of Rudolph and Myrtl (Cole) Derge. Kip married the former Joyce Biefeld on Sept. 23, 1950, at St. Henry’s.


Kip attended Mayville High School and served with the United States Army, 45th Division, from January 1951 to August 1952, during the Korean War.  He was also a member of the Reserves 84th Division for 33 years, retiring as a command sergeant major.


Kip had been employed as a salesman for several companies in the Watertown area.  He had also been a driver for the Greater Milwaukee Auto Auction & Mid State Auto Auction of Jefferson.


Kip was a member of St. Henry’s in Watertown, serving as an usher for many years.  He had also been a member of the Watertown Knights of Columbus, Watertown Elks Lodge and Watertown Country Club, where he loved to golf. He was also a member of the 40 and 8, elected Chef DeGare in 1997.  He was a former state vice commander, commander, vice commander and chaplain of the Pitterie-Beaudoin American Legion Post No. 189.  He was also a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3709.


The family requested that Kip's friends bring a story of a good time to share.


Surviving are his wife, Joyce Derge of Watertown; three daughters, Kathy Nelson, Gayle (Mark) Hunter and Lori (Randy) Krause, all of Watertown; four grandchildren, Melanie, Brian and Melissa Hunter and Hope Krause; two brothers, Willard (Delores) Derge of West Bend and Lloyd Derge of Jackson; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Evelyn Derge and Virginia Schwandt.


The family would like to thank Rainbow Hospice for the phenomenal care they provided for Kip during some very difficult times.


Joyce M. Derge

1929 - 2009



Joyce M. Derge, 79, of Watertown, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at Country-side Home in Jefferson.


Funeral services for Joyce will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with Father Brian Wilk of St. Henry Catholic Church officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.


Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday from noon until the time of the service.


In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated.


The former Joyce Mona Biefeld was born on Sept. 14, 1929, in Watertown, daughter to Ernest and Lillian (Dittmann) Biefeld.  On Sept. 23, 1950, she married Marvin “Kip” Derge at St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown.  He preceded her in death on July 10, 2005.


Joyce graduated from Watertown High School in 1947 and from WCTC with a degree in licensed practical nursing.  She was employed at the Otto Biefeld Company, St. Mary's Hospital and Bethesda Lutheran Home, all in Watertown, retiring in 1986.  Joyce was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, American Legion Auxiliary and was a past member of the Watertown Country Club.  She had been a Girl Scout leader. Joyce loved gardening, especially her roses.


Joyce is survived by three daughters, Kathleen Nelson, Gayle (Mark) Hunter and Lori (Randy) Krause, all of Watertown; four grandchildren, Melanie Hunter of Watertown, Brian (Bridget Shimon) Hunter of Menasha, and Melissa (Sean) Evans and Hope Krause, both of Watertown; a sister, Gloria Miller of Lake Mills; nieces, nephews, family and friends.


Joyce was further preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jack Biefeld; and a brother in infancy, Robert Biefeld.


Your Faith In Me

When skies of purple

turn to blue

and red and green

and white,

and there is sunlight

on the hills

to take the place of night,

I long for you with

all my heart

and wish that you

were here

to share each feeling and

each thought

that say, I love you, dear.

I wish that I could

see your face

as clearly as the sky,

and tell myself

for sure that you would

never say goodbye.

Because you mean so

much to me in

everything I do,

that every goal I

ever gained,

belongs at last

to you.


Whatever plan I follow and

wherever I may be,

I cannot hope to win

without your loving

faith in me.


And now, my love,

I see your face,

so very dear

to me,

to take you in my arms

and tell you how I feel,

the tears I had are

washed away, the

memories are all here.


So take me by the hand,

my love,

for peace and joy

I found this day

and guide me to that light,

side by side for all eternity.