Jennie Borness

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 3:07 pm

Jennie Borness, 97, of Decorah, died Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Wellington Place Nursing Home in Decorah. Services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 10, at Springfield Lutheran Church in Decorah, with Rev. Phillip Olson officiating. Organist was Lorraine Meyer. Special music was provided by grandchildren Kyle, Kristi and Kraig Grimes. Hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art” (trio), “Abide With Me” and “What a Friend.” Casket bearers were Jennie’s grandchildren: Kyle Grimes, Kristi Grimes, Kraig Grimes, Terry Brainard, Annette Krueger, Steve Roney, Troy Wangsness, Traci Hughes, Shanna Burke and Keith Borness. Interment was at Springfield Lutheran Cemetery, Decorah. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home in Decorah.

Jennie (Johnson) Borness was born March 3, 1920, the daughter of Ole and Margaret (Erickson) Johnson in Wadena. Jennie was baptized and confirmed at the West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont. Jennie graduated from Clermont High School in 1936. She worked as a housekeeper until she was married to Einar Borness March 3, 1938, at the West Clermont Lutheran Church. Together they farmed in Fayette County, and on a farm near Postville. In 1947, they moved to the Borness family homestead in Springfield Township, which is now a Century Farm. They farmed with son, Dave from 1969-75 and then from 1975-77 with daughter, Joanne and husband, Justin. In 1978, they bought a home in Arizona and spent their winters there for 29 years. They returned to Decorah during the summer and remained living near the farm and their river home near Harpers Ferry. In 2007, they moved to Wellington Place Assisted Living and then into the Wellington Place Nursing Home in Feb. 2014. In their younger days, Einar and Jennie also helped to start the “Swingin’ Squares” square dancing group from West Union. Not willing to miss out on the fun, Einar and Jennie took up snowmobiling in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. They both enjoyed playing cards. Jennie was the manager of the Midwest Textiles fabric store and oversaw the operations of six locations: Mabel, Minn., Ossian, Monticello, Osage, Clarksville and Wadena, during the mid 1970s. Jennie loved to square dance, and was an excellent baker and cook. She also was an avid morel mushroom hunter, hunting from her early childhood years and well into her 80s. Jennie also was an Amway distributor and a 4-H leader. She also was an active member of the Springfield Lutheran Church, where she held various offices within the church.

Jennie is survived by her husband of 79 years, Einar Borness, Decorah; four children: Jan Grimes, Decorah; Joanne (Justin) Roney, Decorah; Lorrie (Chuck) Wangsness, Decorah; and Dave (Diane) Borness, Murray; 10 grandchildren: Kyle (Marilee) Grimes, Kristi Grimes, Kraig (Terri) Grimes, Terry (Mark) Brainard, Annette (Dave) Krueger, Steve Roney, Troy (Janel) Wangsness, Traci (Mike) Hughes, Shanna (Scott) Burke and Keith (Amy) Borness; great-grandchildren: Jason (Bryanna) Grimes, Cody Grimes, Bethany (Justin) Stafford, Logan McGrane, Garrett McGrane, Brooke Grimes, Kramer Grimes, Megan Grimes, Leah (Jared) Barjenbruch, Khara Krueger, Sarah Krueger, Montana Wangsness, Alexandra Wangsness, Alec Hughes, Raquel Hughes, Mitchell (Jennifer) Guyer, Dustin (Sami Lee) Guyer, Casey Guyer, Tanner Guyer, Anna Borness and Benjamin Borness; five great-great-grandchildren: Alivia and Kinsley Stafford, Blair and Ryann Grimes and Makayla Guyer; one sister-in-law, Willie Johnson, Monroe, N.C.

Jennie was preceded in death by her parents, Ole and Margaret (Erickson) Johnson; her step-father, Ludwig “Louie” Anderson; son-in-law, Ken Grimes; three great-great-grandchildren: Braeden James, Summer Rose and Adaline Paige Guyer.; 11 siblings and their spouses: Bertha (Clarence) Randall, Harry (Mildred) Johnson, Marie (Roscoe) Pritchard, Harley Johnson, Oscar (Bernice) Johnson, Mabel (Virgil) Luders, Harold Johnson, Blanche (Don) Butts, Gladys (Jim) Fennell, Kenneth (Lucille) Johnson and Ole (Helen “Sue”) Johnson; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Engvold and Cecelia (Thorbjornson) Borness.

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