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Joanne “J.J.” Mary Borbeck Johnson


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Joanne “J.J.” Mary Borbeck Johnson Obituary

On the morning of June 20, 2015, surrounded by loved ones and the staff of Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, N.M., Joanne "J.J." Mary Borbeck Johnson was called home. Joanne was 86.

Joanne Johnson was born Feb. 17,1929 to Beatrice Rose Mihulka Borbeck and Frank J. Borbeck in Clinton, Iowa. Joanne grew up in the Lyons section of Clinton and graduated from Lyons High School in 1946.

She attended Jane Lamb Nursing School and after four years of training, graduated on Jan. 7, 1950, with a degree as a Registered Nurse. Following graduation, she worked in both the Jane Lamb Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

On Aug. 31, 1952, Joanne joined the United States Air Force in Biloxi, Mississippi, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. After Biloxi she was stationed at Sampson Air Base, New York. While at Sampson AB, Joanne met the love of her life, Jack Johnson, who was also stationed there with the Air Police. Joanne and Jack were married on Jan. 9, 1954. On Aug. 2, 1957, Joanne resigned her commission as a 1st Lt. from the United States Air Force. During her service she was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. Joanne then accompanied Jack to several different duty stations including France and Turkey, eventually settling at Holloman AFB, where Jack retired in 1967. During the numerous assignments, Joanne continued nursing in civilian and veteran hospitals aswell as private doctors offices. During her career she experienced every aspect of nursing but her favorite was maternity and nursery.

Joanne retired from the Holloman AFB hospital in 1993. Retiring from nursing just gave her more time to spend volunteering. She logged countless hours with RSVP, volunteering with the Alamogordo visitor center, meals on wheels, at schools and other locations. Her final volunteer activities were with VITA, which she truly loved, and at St. Jude Parish on the Hospitality Committee as a greeter. She volunteered not just to help others but because she enjoyed so very much meeting new people and forging new friendships. Joanne helped not only the very old but also the very young, reading audio books to blind children at New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Her love extended to gardening, particularly her roses, as well ascrocheting. Her last years were very hard but she never lost her ready smile and sense of humor. She never ceased to make new friends and continued to make everyone around her smile.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Beatrice Borbeck, brother Frank "Bud" Borbeck, and her husband of 50 years, Jack Johnson.

Joanne is survived by her son Thomas Johnson of Wasilla, AK; daughter Mary Brockett (Don), of Alamogordo, and son David Johnson, of Alamogordo; grandson Robert Brockett (Christina) of Buckeye, Arizona; grandson Jeremiah Brockett of Phoenix, Arizona; granddaughter Amanda Woodcock (Tony), of Charleston AFB, South Carolina; brother Joseph (MaryAnn) Borbeck of Davenport, Iowa, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The rosary will be recited on July 24, 2015, at Hamilton O'Dell Funeral Home Chapel at 7 p.m. A procession of Patriot Guard Riders and Eagles will escort the urn from Hamilton O'Dell Funeral Home to St Jude Parish at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 25.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 25, 2015, at St. Jude Parish by Father Thomas Hoffman SJ. Burial will follow at St. Jude Columbarium, with the Air Force Honor Guard presenting full military honors, followed by a reception at St Jude.

The family has entrusted care of their loved one to Hamilton O'Dell Funeral Home.
To sign the online register please visit www.HamiltonOdell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 19 to Aug. 18, 2015
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