Donald Borths Obituary

Donald R. Borths
Donald R. Borths

August 9, 1936 - January 12, 2015
Resided in Porterfield, WI
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Donald Roger Borths, 78, of Porterfield, passed away peacefully with his wife, Cathy, at his side at St. Vincent Hospital on January 12, 2015, after a courageous 105 day battle. Don was born on August 9, 1936 in the Town of Grover to Alfred and Anna Borths.
Don graduated from Marinette High School and enlisted in the United States Army. After an honorable discharge, he worked at Thompson Boat and then for 40 years at Badger Paper Mills, retiring in 1996.
He married his wife, Cathy, on October 23, 1986, in Irondequoit, N.Y. Don loved carpentry, often remodeling homes for people in need. He custom made furniture for the Red Apple Gift Shop in Crivitz, filling orders for people across the USA.
Don enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, vacationing in Kentucky and Tennessee, but especially riding "Johnny", his John Deere tractor. He loved metal detecting around Petoskey and Mackinac, Michigan, and took pride in finding the owners of class rings and jewelry that he found. Don was a gentle and kind spirit. He took pride in working at and raising money for food pantries and did random acts of kindness each and every day.
Don is survived by his wife, Catherine; a brother, Lyle (Carol) Borths and their children, Mike and Jeff; a brother-in-law, Leo (Gigi) of Palm Beach, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Mary Williams of Peach Tree City, Ga. and Patricia Miorelli of Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Don was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Marvin.
Friends may call at Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home in Marinette on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, from 4 until 7 p.m. A memorial service will follow. Friends are invited to share special moments with Don.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
Catherine Borths would like to thank Dr. Seccombe, Dr. Chen, Dr. Alshahrouri, Dr. Williams, Dr. Neu, Dr. Smith, Pat Giesler, APNP, Dawn Nissen, APNP, 2nd Floor Rehab, 4th Floor IMC, 5th Floor CVICU and 6th Floor Dialysis, Sister Monica and Chaplains, Mary and Karen.
Special thanks to Barbara DeNoble, Julie Rheingans, Eileen Langdon, Sheila and Dennis Couillard, Cheri Corcoran, Exec. Director of Altrusa House, Tracey and Heath, Sr. Pauline Quinn, Dan and Mary Marzu, Guy and Susan Klitzke, Nancy Mays, his buddy, Glenn Teunissen, Diane Moesch and the 6th Floor Critical Care Unit and Bonnie and Dan Porter. You all have made this path much easier to walk.
And to Kevin Hronek, RN CCS and Mellissa B, RN CCS, thank you for the comfort, care, compassion and dignity that you gave Don in his final days.
"Though night shall fade and days shall come, I know that you have not abandoned me, for you are now my shadow that guides and protects my day. I know now that I shall never walk alone again, for you will always be there, holding my hand."

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Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home
Marinette, WI
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home
Marinette, WI
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
7:00 PM