Joseph Florian Borley, 83, passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 23, at St. Vincent Hospital, listening to the polka music he loved. He was born May 30, 1928, in Sugarbush, to the late Joseph Sr. and Julia (Dantinne) Borley. Joe attended Brick School in Sugarbush through eighth grade. On Aug. 30, 1950, Joe married Lorraine Charles at St. Francis DePaul Catholic Church in Duvall.
Joe and Lorraine began their married life farming in Pulaski. They then moved to Dyckesville and bought their present farm, which they operated as a dairy farm until July of 1999. In 1967, they built their beautiful life long home, which remained their present residence. In addition to farming, Joe began working full time at American Can-James River Paper Company on Feb. 4, 1953. He worked in the pulp mill, in sulfite, and taking care of the yard and machinery until he retired June 30, 1993. After retirement, Joe, along with his wife, Lorraine, continued to lead very active lives. For many years they cleaned both the school and the church at St. Louis, Dyckesville and were responsible for setting up funeral luncheons for the Parish. Joe was a bus driver for the Luxemburg-Casco School District for 13 years.
Joe enjoyed traveling. Highlights were trips to Hawaii, Washington, D.C., and Branson. They also did some two and three day trips both in Canada and in the United States. Joe loved dancing, especially to his polkas. He also enjoyed card playing and bowling, which he did for many years. He especially enjoyed gardening and maintaining his home and farm. His great pride in the outdoor Christmas decorating of his home was very evident - what a wonderful sight driving on Hwy 57 through Dyckesville during Christmastime—his decorations beautifully lit up the dark winter skies. Joe's love for "John Deere" was an integral part of his entire life. Though he had long since retired from farming, using all John Deere equipment, the John Deere theme was evident throughout his home.
Joe's faith in God and expression of that faith was an important part of his life. He was an active member of St. Louis Parish for over 50 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. For many years he and his wife went to the Chapel in Robinsonville on a daily basis. It was an every evening ritual to pray the rosary.
Joe is survived by his wife, Lorraine, Dyckesville; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Michele Borley, Dyckesville; daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Mark Bader, Duvall; daughter, Julie Corroy and special friend, Tom Eisch, Appleton; and foster daughter and her husband, Leigh Ann and Randy Hovde, Green Bay. He is also survived by grandchildren Tina (engaged to Tony Searl) Borley, Courtney Borley, Eric Bader, Nicole Bader, Corinne (Bob) Konkol and their daughter, Camille, Shaun Corroy, and Megan Hovde. He is further survived by his brothers, Mark (Dorothy) Borley, Julius (Verna) Borley, all of Green Bay; Wilbert (Carol) Borley, Sugarbush; and Leo (Lynn) Borley, Green Bay; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Richard (Marie) Charles; Luxemburg; James (Muriel) Charles, Green Bay; and Betty Charles, Red Banks.
Joe was preceded in death by his grandson, Ryan Bader; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Earl (Dorothy) Borley, Norville (Mabel) Borley; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Randall (Marie) Charles, Walter (Margaret) Charles, Wilfred Charles, Wallace (Geraldine) Charles, Irene (Melvin) Campbell, Willard Charles, John (Mabel) Charles, Mamie (Louis) LaCrosse, Clarence (Doris) Charles, Leona Charles, Joe (Mary) Charles, Mabel (Bill) Jandrain. and Mary Jane Borley.
Friends may call at the McMahon Funeral Home, Luxemburg, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, with prayer service at 5 p.m. with Rev. Dennis Drury. Visitation will continue Thursday morning, Oct. 27, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church, Dyckesville. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 with Parish Director Sr. Marlene Dimmerling, the Rev. Dennis Drury, the Rev. John Van Duren, and the Rev. Richard Mauthe officiating. Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay. Online messages of sympathy and reflection may be sent to the family on the McMahon Funeral Home website: www.mcmahonfh.com
The family wishes to thank Luxemburg Rescue, and all of the staff on 9th floor at St. Vincent Hospital for their kindness and caring during Joe's brief illness. They also wish to thank his many neighbors, especially Daniel Adams, for all their care and assistance.