Dorothy Ann Borrell, age 97, of rural Waverly, passed away peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the home of Lynn and Charlie Borrell in rural Waverly, where she was lovingly cared for in her last years.
Dorothy was born Feb. 11, 1919, the third child born to Leo and Agnes (Klingelhoets) Claessens of Waverly. She was the apple of her father’s eye, spending hours and hours working with him in the trades as she grew up.
Dorothy graduated from St Mary’s High School in Waverly, and then attended St Catherine’s in St. Paul for nursing. She later worked at the Cokato hospital.
Dorothy married Francis (Fritz) Borrell June 25, 1942, and moved to the Borrell family farm, just south west of Waverly. From this union, came 12 children; nine boys and three girls.
Dorothy worked side-by-side with Fritz on the farm, and proved to be quite an asset when it came to mechanical problems. She was very analytical and could repair just about any gadget around the house or farm.
She lived life to the fullest, and had many hobbies and interests. Dorothy loved to travel, including a trip to Japan, and multiple visits to Europe. She liked singing in the church choir, dancing, cooking, sewing, and playing the piano. More than anything else, she enjoyed caring for and loving her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dorothy was extremely proud of all her family, and every Memorial Day she especially beamed, knowing that the Waverly American Legion Post 305 was named after her uncle Charles Claessens, who was mortally wounded in World War I, and that both of her brothers, six of her sons, one daughter, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren all served their country in the United States military.
Dorothy lived her life caring for others. She was active in her church circle, volunteering at funerals and other engagements. When someone in the community had an emergency or death in the family, she was almost always the second to deliver a cake or hot dish; right behind Loraine Kittock (no one beat Loraine!).
She brightened the days for many elderly as she visited them on her regular tour of area nursing homes after Sunday Mass. Dorothy also spent years delivering Meals on Wheels, before being the recipient of the same later in life.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Fritz Borrell in 1977; parents Leo and Agnes (Klingelhoets); sons Bernard in 1962, and Michael in 2003; granddaughter Cathy Monahan in 1995; and brothers Walter and Henry.
Dorothy is survived by 10 children: David (Jean) of Maple Lake, Janet Sherman of Southfield, MI, Rose Marie (Mike) Monahan of Littleton, CO, Kenneth (Karen), Patrick, Richard (Patty), Charles (Lynn), Gene (Toni), Jerome (Kay), all of Waverly, and Virginia Borrell of Kirbyville, TX; and over 90 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dorothy loved her friends and family dearly, and was greatly loved by all who knew her. She was a loyal friend, and a surrogate mom to many.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.
Visitation was Friday April 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.; and continued Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., prior to the Mass.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.