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Service Information
St. Mary’s Catholic Church-Waverly, MN
Saturday, April 16, 2016
10:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
St. Mary’s Catholic Church-Waverly, MN
Friday, April 15, 2016
4-8 P.M.

After ninety seven years of bringing joy to this earth, Dorothy Ann Borrell has been called to eternal rest to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was the third child born to Leo and Agnes (Klingelhoets) Claessens in Waverly Minnesota on February 11, 1919. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 12, 2016 at the home of Lynn and Charlie Borrell in rural Waverly where she was lovingly cared for in her last years. Funeral arrangements are with Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Visitation will be Friday, April 15, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, from 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30. Further visitation will be Saturday April 16th from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. with a funeral mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Luncheon will follow the service. A private burial will be held at a later date.

Dorothy was the third child born to Leo and Agnes (Klingelhoets) Claessens of Waverly Minnesota on February 11, 1919. She was the apple of her father’s eye, spending hours and hours working with him in the trades as she grew up.

Dorothy graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Waverly and then attended St. Catherine’s in St Paul for nursing. She later worked at the Cokato hospital. On June 25th 1942 she married Francis (Fritz) Borrell and moved to the Borrell family farm just southwest of Waverly. From this union came twelve children, nine boys and three girls. She worked side by side with Fritz on the farm and proved to be quite an asset when it came to mechanical problems. She was very analytical and could repair just about any gadget around the house or farm.

She lived life to the fullest and had many hobbies and interests. She loved to travel, including a trip to Japan, and multiple visits to Europe. She liked singing in the church choir, dancing, cooking, sewing, and playing the piano. More than anything else, she enjoyed caring for and loving her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dorothy was extremely proud of all her family, and every Memorial Day she especially beamed, knowing that the Waverly American Legion Post 305 was named after her uncle Charles Claessens, who was mortally wounded in WW l, and that both of her brothers, six of her sons, one daughter, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren all served their country in the United States military.

She lived her life caring for others in need. She was active in her church circle, working funerals and other engagements. When someone in the community had an emergency or death in the family, she was almost always the second to deliver a cake or hot dish; right behind Loraine Kittock (no one beat Loraine!). She brightened the days for many elderly as she visited them on her regular tour of area nursing homes after Sunday Mass. Dorothy spent years delivering Meals on Wheels before being the recipient of the same later in life.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years Fritz Borrell in 1977, parents Leo and Agnes (Klingelhoets), sons Bernard in 1962 and Michael in 2003, granddaughter Cathy Monahan in 1995, and brothers Walter and Henry.

Dorothy is survived by ten of her twelve children. David (Jean) of Maple Lake, Janet Sherman of Southfield, MI, Rose Marie (Mike) Monahan of Littleton, CO, Kenneth (Karen) of Waverly, Patrick of Waverly, Richard (Patty) of Waverly, Charles (Lynn) of Waverly, Gene (Toni) of Waverly, Jerome (Kay) of Waverly and Virginia Borrell of Kirbyville, TX, and more than 90 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dorothy loved her friends and family dearly, and was greatly loved by all who knew her. She was a loyal friend, and a surrogate mom to many.

The family wishes to thank Father O’hotto and the staff at St Mary’s Parish for their care and support, especially Dorothy Novak and Carol Tuckenhageen who for years delivered in-home communion to Dorothy and provided so much love to her. The Borrells would also like to extend a personal thank you to all the staff at Ridgeview Hospice. They were a tremendous help to the family through an emotionally painful time, and kept Dorothy pain-free and peaceful in her final days. For that, the family will be eternally grateful. Finally, for all who offered prayers and well wishes, the family thanks you and wishes God’s blessings upon you.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Linda Stumpf

    Sad to hear that Aunt Dorothy has passed away. She was such a lovely lady. My sympathy to all her children & grandchildren. Sorry that we will not be at the funeral as we are still in Texas.

  2. Kim and Birdie Jackson

    My deepest sympathy to the entire Borrell family. Dorothy was a great lady and I will always have fond memories of her.


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