Obituary for Joyce Wilma Borger
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt. Joyce Borger passed peacefully on February 11, 2017 at the River Park Gardens Personal Care Home in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Joyce is survived by her children Ralph, John and Grant (Sharon), grandchildren Michael (Kate), Steven, Timothy and Hunter, great-grandchildren Liam, Rose and Harley, sisters Margaret Miller and Norma Reeves, sisters in-law Helen Borger, Barbara Graham, Jill Borger, Lois Borger and brother in-law Gerald Borger also many nieces and nephews.
Joyce was predeceased by her parents John and Anna Wasylyk, partner Gerry Foster, brother Milford, sisters Marion Huggins, Olga Harrison and Elva Barkwell, son in-law Derek Mitchell, sisters in-law Jessica Borger and Elsie Wasylyk, brothers in-law Alan Borger, Andy Huggins, Andy Miller, Bob Graham, Donald Borger, Harry Reeves, Henry Borger and Nick Harrison, nieces Nancy Borger and Cindy Barkwell and nephew Tim Borger.
Joyce was born in Winnipeg growing up in the north end were she attended Aberdeen School for grades 1 to 9 and then St. John's High School. She excelled in academics and all sports and athletics even basketball despite her diminutive physical stature. Joyce lived most of her life in Winnipeg but for 8 years in Alberta. As Joyce's journey proceeded, changes occurred and she found herself introduced to the Lake of the Woods and Hay Island where she enjoyed spending the summers with her partner Jerry Foster. Soon after, grandchildren began arriving and they gave her the greatest joy. Many a Saturday morning I can recall a phone call going out to her from one of her grandchildren "gramma can you take us to Chuck e Cheese" and shortly gramma would arrive and off to Chuck e Cheese they went. As time moved along Joyce and Gerry began enjoying the Dominican in the winter and had many wonderful adventures there but they abandoned that tiny island for a much larger one, Australia, and began spending time there in the winters which they enjoyed immensely. Joyce's love was her family and she was most happy when with them and she loved being baba. She did however have a passion for song and she possessed a truly magnificent voice, always breaking into song as she did her housework and at many family gatherings. This continued even into her later years, with failing body and mind she still had all the words and melody and entertained the home with her beautiful voice on every occasion possible. We have many years of wonderful memories, great joy, cherished happy times and moments of sorrow and as we look back we see a full life well lived.
The family thanks the staff at River Park Gardens for the sincere kindness, caring and compassion you gave our mother.