The kindness and compassion for which Marquardt Village is widely known could not be better demonstrated than in the story of the retirement community's founding. A human needs study commissioned in 1965 revealed that the city of Watertown was the largest in Wisconsin without a resource of any kind where area seniors could live and receive care. Local residents rose to that challenge, including Dr. Milton Ochs, who generously donated land to the Western District of the Moravian Church to build what would become the faith-based retirement community of Marquardt Village. Other local residents Karl Fischer and Thor Harberg oversaw construction of the first building on the grounds. In July 1969, the original nursing center, known as Marquardt Memorial Manor, welcomed its first residents.
Over the following decades, expansions on the Marquardt Village campus added independent living apartments and garden homes, assisted living, and memory care. Services for both residents and the greater community were also added beginning in 1985, with Marquardt at Home's home health and hospice care now available throughout the eleven-county region surrounding Watertown.
Today, Marquardt Village remains true to its generous, selfless roots as a faith-based, not-for-profit community sponsored by the Western District of the Moravian Church that welcomes people of all faiths.