Mary Ellen Borges, 99, of Wapakoneta, passed away at 11:13 am, Friday, January 19, 2018 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. She was born on June 20, 1918, in Lima, to Michael & Mary Zwiebel Brunn, who have preceded her in death. On April 9, 1948, she married Edwin E. Borges, who passed away December 28, 2003, after more than 55 years of marriage.
Mary is survived by her two sons, Michael E. (Rita) Borges, of Wapakoneta and Pat (Paulette) Borges, of Dublin; nine grandchildren, Michelle (Blaine) Gearing, of Lima, Michael L. Borges, of Lima, Alicia (John) Bloch, of Powell, Alex Borges, of Columbus, Rachael (fiancé Chris Griffo) Borges, of Wapakoneta, Rebecca (Benjamin) Pester, of Plain City, Mindy (Paul) Wagner of Rock Hill, SC, Amy (Tony) Bobruck of Woodhaven, MI, and Jeff (Allison) Keiber of Chesterland, OH; and six great-grandchildren, Henry Bloch, Charlie Bloch, Kirkland Borges, Dillen King, Zenna Bobruck, and Cameron Keiber.
She was preceded in death by her four siblings, Helen, Howard "Nutz", Clarence "Punk", and Harry Brunn.
Mary was a graduate of Blume High School and had been a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Before her sons were born, she had worked as a bookkeeper for Browns Dairy and Old Vienna Brewery. Later in life she helped at the businesses of her sons as a bookkeeper at Borges Paint & Body and was the most invaluable volunteer CFO at Borges-Stroh Chrysler Center. In her free time, Mary loved to read. Not one to be choosy about genres, she would furiously swipe the pages on her Nook, finishing numerous books.
In addition to being a devoted mother and grandmother, Mary will be remembered for her service to others. She loved to help in any way she could. Knitting and crocheting became one of her ways to donate her time and talent. She was called upon to create NICU baby blankets, toe warmers, and prayer squares, in addition to all the projects she made for family and friends. However, Mary's true treasures were the residents of Auglaize Acres. For over 15 years, she volunteered there, fulfilling any need they had. Transporting residents to Bingo, serving cookies and juice, making popcorn and ice cream, and helping with the newsletter are just a few of the things Mary did. At 99, she was volunteering a week before she passed away. In her words, she loved to just go to the Acres and "take care of the old people."
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 am, Thursday, January 25, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta, with Rev. Patrick Sloneker officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday at Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Wapakoneta. Memorial contributions may be made in Mary's memory to the Auglaize Acres Activities Fund. Condolences may be expressed at www.schlosserfuneralhome.com