Lena Mabel Borre
1921 - 2021
Lena Mabel Borre, born December 10, 1921 in central Illinois, passed away February 11, 2021. Lee grew up in Deerfield, Illinois with her parents, and 8 siblings that have preceded her in death. She married Earl W. Borre (deceased 1992) January 1st, 1943. Lee had four children: Earl (Margo) Borre, Karen (Byron) Johnson, Kathe (Doug) Pimm, and Steve (Janet) Borre; several grandchildren, Nicole (Borre) Minton, Eric and Travis Johnson, Kailey (Pimm) Faris, Jake Pimm, Alexander and Ryder Borre. Cheri and Sean Craig; and twelve great grandchildren.

Lee lived in Wilmette, Illinois until she moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2017. In 99 years, she survived the depression, WWII, 9/11 and Covid. Lee had a strong, passionate, resilient faith and attended both the Winnetka Covenant Church and services at Porter Hills Village. Her lifelong passion was teaching young children and she was the Founder (est.1961) and Director of the Wilmette Community Nursery School. She loved the Wilmette beach and the Chicago Cubs! As Lee grew older, she often asked why God chose to keep her here so long? Our response to that is; she was an inspiration to all. A positive, strong, independent, tenacious, witty, cheerful and loving person.....we know she is happy now.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be sent in her honor to Emmanuel Hospice, 401 Hall St. SW, Suite 263, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 or emanuelhospice.org/donate.

A "celebration of life" will occur when it becomes safe to do so.

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Published by Chicago Tribune from Feb. 21 to Feb. 25, 2021.
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A truly great lady ..many fond memories of Mrs Borre..may she rest in peace .....
Bobby kenyon
February 27, 2021
Dear lee's Family, Sorry to read about your mom's death. There are so many "Schiller Street" memories. She had such a great smile and laugh. And ,Skipper, I never knew you had another name.
Peggy Shanahan Boyle
February 26, 2021
Lee was a wonderful mentor for all children. The love she shared started them off on the right path to life with high values and a love of learning. Our three children loved "Mrs. Borre" and their years at WCNS. We are grateful for our friendship with her.
Frank and Mary Ann McGinley
February 23, 2021
Lee was an amazing and kind person. She was an inspiration to so many children and teachers and an integral part of the lives of so many Wilmette families. She was a true mentor and a loving friend. I have only wonderful memories of the time and conversations she and I shared. We send our sympathy and regards to the Borre family.
Wayne and Roberta Bower
February 21, 2021