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HELEN LOUISE "BUNNY" BORGMANN

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HELEN LOUISE "BUNNY" BORGMANN, 92, passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at Lutheran Hospital, surrounded by her family. Born in Port Arthur, Texas, she grew up in Whiting, Ind. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1938, and spent a year studying at the Art Institute in Chicago. In 1940, she married Bill Borgmann, a fellow Wolverine and Fort Wayne native. She was a mother of four and gave back to her adopted city in various ways. She was an active member of the Junior League P.E.O., Alpha Phi alumnae, Fort Wayne Art Museum, the Historical Society and Family and Children Services. As a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church, she used her artistic talents to lead other church members in creating new needlepoint vestments and seat cushions for the sanctuary. At age 50, she fulfilled a life long dream, she obtained her private pilot's license and flew gliders in the Fort Wayne area and in the mountains of Colorado. In the late 1970's, she and her husband moved to Savannah, Ga., where they lived for almost 30 years before moving back to Fort Wayne. She was also a great friend and avid listener. Up to her death, she maintained connections with college classmates and friends from Savannah and Fort Wayne. Surviving her, to share stories of her strength and wisdom, are William F. (Ruth) Borgmann, Jr. of Fort Wayne, Suellen Craig of York, Pa., Daniel J. (Lisa) Borgmann of Fort Wayne and Thomas A. (Dawn) Borgmann of Wadsworth, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Jennifer (Matthew) Olsen, Matthew (Angie) Wood, Amy (Scott) Davis, Ryan (Amy) Borgmann, Erin (Grant) Scaltreto, Brandon Borgmann, Andrew Borgmann, Cassie Borgmann and Michael Borgmann; and five great-grandchildren, Keigan Wood, Andrew Olsen, Kyle Olsen, Derek Wood, Gretchen Davis and a Scaltreto, to be born in the Spring. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Dick and Helen Arner; and a sister, Janet Thurber. Memorial service is 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Krauss Chapel of Trinity English Lutheran Church, with calling 1/2 hour prior to service at the chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 West Wayne St., Fort Wayne, IN, 46802 or Planned Parenthood of Central Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 1469, York, PA, 17405. Arrangements by Klaehn, Fahl & Melton, Wayne Street Chapel.
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Dec. 29, 2009
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