Linda Borg Joels
1941 - 2020
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Linda Borg Joels, of Middletown, died Tuesday, June 2, 2020 after a prolonged illness. Joels was born April 15, 1941 to Richard Borg and Marguerite Keser Borg. She received her Bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Connecticut and her Master's in nursing from Yale University. Joels worked for more than three decades at Midstate Medical Center in Meriden as the director of mental health and clinical services before retiring in 2002. Prior to Midstate, Joels worked as a supervising nurse at Connecticut Valley Hospital. Throughout her career, she taught nursing at Yale University, Ona Wilcox School of Nursing in Middletown, Hartford Hospital and the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford. A lifelong activist, Joels participated in marches for women's and LGBTQ+ rights. When not debating politics, she enjoyed reading a James Patterson novel or true crime book on the beach, or planning her next trip to Walt Disney World. An ideal day for Joels included a Jackson Browne concert followed by a steak dinner, cooked "As rare as you can make it." She attended every UConn women's basketball game she could, and when she could no longer make it to Gampel Pavilion, she would watch intently on her TV, texting her granddaughters periodic updates. Of all her roles, she most cherished that of grandmother to her two granddaughters, Alexandra Fitzner and Abigail Brone. She never tired of bragging to anyone who would listen about her granddaughter Abigail's recent graduation from Columbia University with a Master's degree in journalism, while her penchant for true crime and psychology led Alexandra to a career as a forensic mental health counselor in the state's Department of Corrections, where her daughter Vanessa also works. Creative and kind, Joels taught her granddaughters how to knit, sew, cook, and stand up for what you believe in, even if what you believe in differs from conventions. Joels is survived by her daughter, Vanessa Fitzner-Brone and son-in-law Ronald Brone; her granddaughters, Alexandra Fitzner and Abigail Brone; her brother, Richard Borg and sister-in-law Elizabeth Borg; her sister, Dr. Betsey Borg; her youngest brother, William Borg; her life-partner, Joan Clauss; and many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 10 at 10:00 am in the Swedish Cemetery 184 Williams Street in Portland. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the American Diabetes Association, as Joels lived with type 2 diabetes for 35 years. To donate to the American Diabetes Association in Linda Joels' honor, please visit http://main.diabetes.org/goto/lindajoels. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.

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Published in Hartford Courant on Jun. 7, 2020.
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July 9, 2020
I will miss your great sense of humor and your ever supportive nonjudgmental ear you always lent for me to bend. Most importantly I will miss the fact that you were the best Grandmother in the whole world. I thank you for raising wonder humans to offer the world. I love you ❤ Mom!
Vanessa Fitzner-Brone
Daughter
July 9, 2020
I will miss your great sense of humor and your ever supportive nonjudgmental ear you always lent for me to bend. Most importantly I will miss the fact that you were the best Grandmother in the whole world. I thank you for raising wonder humans to offer the world. I love you ❤ Mom!
Vanessa Fitzner-Brone
Daughter
June 10, 2020
Rick, Betsey, Bill, Joan and families,
My condolences on the loss of Linda. Always remember her as a strong, intelligent and cheerful person. She leaves a great legacy.
Kathleen A Miller
Friend
June 9, 2020
Dear Ricky and Betsy,
David and I send our condolescrnces. I was taking a break from reading a James Patterson novel when I read your sister's obitituary. What a well rounded, loving, and compassionate woman. Anna would talk fondly of her whenever we use to walk. Remember with every goodbye, there is the birth of a memory.
Myra And David Finkelstein
June 9, 2020
To the family of Linda.
Im very sorry to hear of your loss. We were classmates at Portland High School and I saw her occasionally at get-together dinners for the girls in our class. She was always very pleasant and so happy to be a grandmother! May she Rest In Peace.
Barbara Klember Landman
Classmate
June 8, 2020
Very sorry for your loss, Ricky and Betsy.
Patricia Prout Tolliver
Friend
June 7, 2020
My sympathy to the entire Borg Family. Linda was a great and caring person.
kevin keser portland, ct.
June 6, 2020
an and Family, Im so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you all. My prayers are with you in this most difficult time.

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