Donna Borgman

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Donna Borgman

Donna J. Deiters Borgman age 89, of Ottumwa, IA passed away at 7:15 p.m. November 1, 2018 at Good Samaritan Socitey - Ottumwa after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
Donna was born October 28,1929 in Belknap, Davis, Iowa to Herman "Shorty" Edward and Edith Blanche Houk Deiters at their home.
Donna was an Air Force wife and as a result the family never stayed at any location for more than 2 years resulting in making 21 moves around the country and Canada by herself with three children. Mom would make up a jug of Cool Aid and a sack of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and hit the road driving all day in the hot summer sun in our Oldsmobile with no AC. We had a board stretched across the back-seat floor over the hump for taking naps on. As children we thought it was fun traveling like that and can still taste the peanut butter and grape jelly as we speak. She always made it a point to make sure she was home by the time us kids came running through the front door from school.
One day she told our father that she isn't moving again and they bought a home in Denver, Colorado. She worked for Winchells Donuts for a number of years and brought left over donuts home every evening. To this day I can't eat a donut anymore. From 1972-1998 she worked for JHB Imports, the largest worldwide button wholesaler in the world at the time, starting with carding buttons then moved into the shipping department and retired in 1998 as Shipping manager. In December of 1998 she moved to her hometown of Ottumwa, Iowa where she retired.
She was the best cook a family could ever ask for and could make a delicious meal out of nothing because we weren't rich by any means. The best meal that all of her children and grandchildren looked forward to was homemade chicken and noodles poured over mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, a German coleslaw recipe passed down through the Deiters generations and Martha Washington Pudding for desert.
Mom was a farm girl and never at a loss for words. We would sit out on the porch during the summer and she would always have a family story to tell.
The best times she treasured with her grandchildren was when they would all pile into the motorhome and go camping. She had a refreshing matter-of-fact no-nonsense personality and a great sense of humor We'll never forget her laugh. Grandma took great care of her kids and grandkids. She was strong, loving and selfless.
She is preceded in death by her brother Charles Rex Deiters in2017 and son Jay Patrick Borgman in 2008.
Donna is survived by a son James D. (Paula) Borgman, and a daughter, Jayne A. McComas; grandchildren, Joshua (Shawana) Borgman of Mt. Vernon, WA and Lauressa Borgman of Duvall, WA, Scott (Melody) McComas of Wichita, KS, Tim (Sierra) McComas of Ottumwa, IA; great-grandchildren, Faith and Hannah Borgman, Mandy, Faith, and Everett McComas of Wichita, KS, and Brayden Anderson and Emmet McComas of Ottumwa, IA.
Her body has been cremated. No services are planned at this time. Private inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Reece Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Published on November 2, 2018
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