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Elaine Gorder

September 8, 1928 — December 13, 2019

Elaine J Gorder, 91, of Waterloo, passed away on December 13, 2019.

She was born in 1928 in the Township of Waterloo the daughter of Jerome and Esther Brandt.  She married William Gorder in the summer of 1946 at St Paul’s in Lake Mills.  He preceded her in death in September,1988.

Elaine worked as a draftsman for Verizon (GTE) until her retirement in 1990.  She was a member of St John’s Lutheran Church Waterloo and the Waterloo Historical Society.  She spent retirement as a historian/genealogist, researching her family history.  She researched and wrote “Homecomings of Waterloo”.  She served on the Waterloo Area Historical Society Board in several positions and edited the Society newsletter “Timescape” for several years.  She enjoyed time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spent a lot of time crocheting and reading.

Survivors include four sons and one daughter:  Richard (Roxine) Gorder, David (Rosanne) Gorder, Cherna Gorder, Daniel Gorder, and Thomas (Dawn) Gorder; twelve grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sister Joan Brandt Zupan; and brothers, Donald and Harland Brandt.

Visitation will be held at Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Home in Waterloo on Thursday, December 19 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held following the visitation at Buckeez in Hubbleton WI.

The family would like to thank the staff and administration of the Highland House in Waterloo for the care provided to Elaine for the past few years.

If desired, memorials may be directed to St John Church-Waterloo, Highland House-Waterloo, or the charity of your choice.

Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Home- Waterloo is caring for the family. To place an online condolence please visit

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Central time)

Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Homes

143 S Washington St, Waterloo, WI 53594

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