Donna Borns

Donna DeLores Borns

October 7th, 1930 - December 8th, 2019
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Donna D. Borns, 89, of Watertown, passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2019. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 14, 2019 at St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Watertown.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, December 13th at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Watertown.

Active Pallbearers will be Donna's grandsons: Jason Woods, Justin, Tom, Mike, Eric and Nick Borns.

Honorary Pallbearers will be all her grandchildren.

Donna DeLores Borns was born on October 7, 1930 to Chester and Thelma (Dahl) Lohr in Watertown, South Dakota. She grew up in the Watertown area and attended country school and Watertown High School. Donna worked as a Nurses Aid at Luther Hospital.

On January 6, 1950 she married Virgil A. Borns, Sr. in the St. John's Lutheran Church in Rauville Township. The couple had six children and lived on farms in the Watertown and Wallace area until buying a farm near Henry, SD in 1968. After their children had grown, Donna worked in housekeeping at Prairie Lakes Hospital for 20 years before retiring in 2000. Donna taught Sunday School at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Henry for many years before joining St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Watertown.

She enjoyed gardening, canning, doing crossword puzzles, photography, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Donna is survived by her children, Linda (Duane) Woods, Virgil Jr. (Sue) Borns and Jerry Borns of Watertown, Doug (Char) Borns of Castlewood, Steven Borns of Hazel, and David (Cindy) Borns of Clark; three sisters, Mabel Noeldner of Eau Claire, WI, Barbara Ries and Charlotte (Alan) Hanson of Sioux Falls; two brothers, LeRoy (Arla) Lohr of Antioch, CA and Allen Lohr of Chicago, IL; a brother-in-law, Charles Lausen of Hawarden, IA; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 2 step great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Virgil on March 16, 2010; two sisters, Doris Lausen and Darlene Becker; one brother, Chester Lohr, Jr.; and three brothers-in-law, Orville Noeldner, Russell Becker and Marvin Ries.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday December 13th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday December 13th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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  • Service

    Saturday December 14th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Saturday December 14th, 2019 1:30pm
    St. Martin's Lutheran Church
    1200 Second St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Pastor Paul Janke
  • Interment

    Mount Hope Cemetery
    1133 11th St. NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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Joan Wiklund

Posted at 07:00pm
Donna was a wonderful aunt. She always had a gentle smile and kind words. I treasure childhood memories of spending time at the Born's farm playing with cousin's. We were blessed to have her in our lives. She will be missed by many.

Stephanie Altom

Posted at 05:13pm
I remember going out to Donna and Virgil's farm by Henry when we were kids. Loved the dog, Viking, and having snowball fights with Doug and Jerry. Donna was such a sweet, gentle woman with a soft smile and laugh. Wish I could be there in person, but you are all on my heart and in my prayers at this time! May God comfort each of you! Love, Stephanie (Noeldner) Altom

Monica rudebusch

Posted at 02:53am
I will always remember Donna's infectious smile and laugh...she was the sweetest and kindness person I know...RIP dear Donna
Your home! Prayers and sincere condolences to her family


Posted at 04:33pm
Very nice pictures of Donna, lovely lady I remember as a child always enjoying my visit to the farm in Henry South Dakota and hanging out with my cousins Doug and Jerry. And of course others.

Pat Sawyer

Posted at 01:12pm
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you bid farewell to this wonderful woman, Donna.
Donna was always so kind and helpful and she had an infectious smile. Know that each of you are in my heart. God's blessings to all of you. Pat Ries Sawyer

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