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Helen M. Borths
Helen Mary Borths, 87, of Peshtigo, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Rennes Health Care Center-East.
Born Jan. 25, 1931 in Marinette, to the late Elton and Esther (Thayer) Van Winkle, she graduated from Marinette High School in 1949. She married Myron Borths on July 2, 1949 at Zion Lutheran Church in Peshtigo and he preceded her in death in 1972.
Together they built 22 homes and other rental properties. She drove school bus for Peshtigo Public Schools for nearly five years, was Sexton of Peshtigo Riverside Cemetery for 20 years and served as the director and bookkeeper for the Cemetery Board.
A member of Zion Lutheran Church of Peshtigo, she was a past president of the Peshtigo VFW Auxiliary, served on the Peshtigo Zoning Board of Appeals, was president of Peshtigo Chamber of Commerce from 1981-1982 and was named Peshtigo Citizen of the Year in 1983.
In retirement, she made many lap quilts and baby blankets that she donated to the Zion Ladies Aid Society. She took pride in her yard and enjoyed working in her flower gardens.
Survivors include two sons, Glenn (Brenda) of Casco and Craig (Jean) of Peshtigo; three daughters, Bonnie (Sean) Whalen of California, Debbie Williams of Escanaba, Mi. and Terri Borths of Appleton and a sister-in-law, Eleanor Van Winkle.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Virginia, Thelma, Gladys and Joyce; a twin brother, Jim and a brother, Allen.
Visitation will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Peshtigo on Friday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon. Pastor Luke Myslik will officiate with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Peshtigo. Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.