T. June Borger returned peacefully to the Lord on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 after a short illness. June was born on January 5, 1929 in Erie, Pennsylvania to the late Paul and Pearl Elwinger. As the youngest of six children, who have all preceded her in death, she was the apple of her father's eye. He quickly nicknamed her "Poke," short for pork chop.
June graduated from Warren High School in 1947 and went to work for the National Forge in Irvine, Pennsylvania. While she never knew her twin brothers, who were lost at birth, June stayed very close with her three sisters, Geraldine Hetz, Jeanette Hoyt, and Elaine Dougan. They were affectionately known as the "Four Crows." Between them they had twelve children, and many a weekend was spent together as one big family at Presque Isle, Camp Erie, or the Dougan Camp in Spring Creek. Playing cards, soaking up the sun, and preparing delicious family meals consumed the days.
In 1970, June and her husband, Dr. Lee J. Borger, who passed in May 2010, found 32 acres of paradise on Valentine Run in Russell, Pa. The property and old farmhouse quickly became known simply as "The Farm." Over the years, when she wasn't combing Jamesway, Goodwill, or the local antique shops for a bargain, June spent countless hours gardening and planting flowers. She was always puttering in her flower beds, working for just the right look. June's other passion in life was the game of bridge. She played every chance she got and she was never afraid to help her partner understand how they might have chosen to play the hand differently.
June is survived by her four children, Virginia Donovan of Warren, Michael Donovan and wife Diane of Warren, John Patrick Donovan and wife Stacey of Warren, and Henry L. Borger and wife Christin of Russell. June is also survived by seven grand children Christie, MacKenzie, Patrick, Katie, Jack, Aaron, and Alex, whom she dearly loved and bragged on regularly. They will all terribly miss her love, support, and wonderful home made pies, cookies, and desserts. No services are planned and the family will hold a private celebration of life at a later date.