Elizabeth 'Ellen' J. Borges

  • Born: April 16, 1942
  • Died: October 8, 2021
  • Location: Iron Ridge, Wisconsin

Koepsell Funeral & Cremation Services, Mayville

301 North Walnut Street
Mayville, WI 53050

Tel. (920) 387-4440

Tribute & Message From The Family

Elizabeth (Ellen) J. Borges (Wennekes), age 79 of Iron Ridge, peacefully passed away in her home on October 8, 2021 with her family by her side.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Ellen will take place at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mayville on Thur., Oct. 14th at 11:00 am with Father Tom Biersack presiding. Visitation will be held on Wed., Oct. 13th, 4:00-7:00pm at Koepsell's Funeral Home, 301 N. Walnut Street, Mayville WI and Thur., Oct. 14th 10:00-11:00am at St. Mary's. Interment will take place at St. Mary Cemetery in Mayville.

Ellen was born on April 16, 1942 in the city of Utrecht, The Netherlands. She was the youngest of 9 children. In her youth she developed many talents including speaking several languages (Dutch, German, English, and some French), sketching and drawing, as well as knitting, sewing, and crocheting. Her home was a musical one, and she loved to sing and dance. This loving family formed the foundation that gave her the tools to become the kind, passionate and respectful woman that we all know today.

On a Sunday morning in 1957 while walking home from church, Ellen met the love of her life in the city of Zeist, The Netherlands. "Tommy" was stationed in Zeist with the US Air Force.
During their courtship, Tom's 1st Lieutenant asked if he knew of anyone who could after his child. Consequently, Ellen became their nanny. After dating for a year, Tom and Ellen married in 1958. They had 2 children in Holland.

On Thanksgiving day in 1960, they landed in the USA and resided in Tom's home state of Pennsylvania. After a month, Tom relocated to Wisconsin, per recommendation from his brother to explore job opportunities. They settled in Milwaukee for 5 years, then Menomonee Falls for 3 where Ellen raised 3 additional children. While working for Golden Guernsey as a milk truck driver, Tom came upon an opportunity to purchase a home in the country with a little grocery store attached, in a serene and beautiful area called Holy Hill. Ellen operated the store, maintained their home, sewed outfits for herself and her children, and they welcomed 2 more children to the family (7 total).

Ellen was incredibly active in her Christian faith. She loved teaching CCD classes, was a Christian Mother, a member of the choir and was involved in other church activities including the "Fall Festivals" for St. Hubert's/St. Gabriel's in Hubertus. Ellen was at every sporting event to support her children. She was a 4H teacher for knitting, crocheting & sewing. She joined Jazzercise and loved to make everyone laugh during her aerobics! She was a Girlscout and Cubscout Leader and did the TV Guide's crossword puzzle faithfully every week! Ellen loved to dress up and have her shoes, purse and jewelry match what she was wearing. She also enjoyed dining out, her morning tea, and shopping.

After residing 42 years in Holy Hill, they moved to Iron Ridge to be closer to their 2 businesses, one of which Ellen enjoyed working. If you visited Main Street Liquor, you would most likely see her knitting or crocheting baby outfits and blankets among other items for her grandchildren and friends. They joined St. Mary's Catholic Church and began a new chapter in their lives. She became an avid supporter and fan of the Packers; It was a day to celebrate with family, good friends, good food, and possibly winning a Packer pool! Ellen continued her exercise regimen by joining Silver Sneakers at the Tag Center. She loved meeting new people and socializing. She had a sincerity about her that drew people towards her.
There wasn't a family event that she missed. Family was her priority. She was a gift from heaven and touched many hearts. The impression she left will remain to grow in generations to come as her story continues through family and friends.

Ellen is survived by her Husband,Thomas Borges Sr,
her 7 Children: Cathaleen Ali (Evans) of Sheboygan , Mary-Ann Hennes (David) of Iron Ridge, Thomas Jr. (Pamela) Borges of Port Washington, Michele (Darin) Okrent of Kewaskum, Michael (Brenda) Borges of Hartford, Melissa (Ken Jr.) Kaiser of Erin, Mathew (Ann) Borges of East Troy, her 19 Grandchildren:
Rachel (Brad) Flouro, Andrew Hennes, Steven Hennes, Timmy (Rebekah) Borges , Vanessa (Kevin) Beere, Nadia (Ali) Ali, Salwa Ali, Atallah Ali, Alia (Sasa) Ali, Thomas Borges III, Savannah Borges, Christian (Morgan) Borges, Sarah Okrent, Luke Okrent, Echo (Adam) Ashley, Baylee (Cody) Panek, Kenny Kaiser III, Paige Kaiser, Angelina Borges, and her 13 Great Grandchildren:
Anton Hennes & Reid Grupe, Jackson, Braelyn, Dylan & Devin Flouro, Frank Beere, Threa & Jennah Aldarorah, Teo & Natasa Simic, Lenora Ashely and soon to be baby brother Ashley.

She was preceded in death by her Oma and Opa, her parents, her siblings and extended family.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Aurora Hospice Care and Koepsell's Funeral Home Mayville, for the care and support shown to Elizabeth and her family.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Ellen right after I joined Silver Sneakers about 3 years ago. Unfortunately I did not get to know her well, but she was very friendly and I have missed her the last few months. Her passing was announced at Silver Sneakersmy deepest condolences to her family. I'm sorry I never got to know her better. She had an amazing life!

Posted by Judi Hammond - Mayville, WI - Friend   October 21, 2021

Ellen was such a sweet wonderful soul. Her smile could warm you with the pure joy that brighten her eyes. So wise so beautiful. My love and sympathies are with you. God bless.

Posted by Gary and Sue Smith - Mayville, WI - Friend   October 13, 2021

Our condolences. From your family from Holland

Posted by M van den berg - Zeist - Family   October 12, 2021

Beppie R.I.P

Posted by appie wennekes wennekes - Zeist - Family   October 12, 2021

Heel veel sterkte familie

Posted by kitty van den berg van den berg - zeist - Family   October 12, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss! My most sincere condolences.

Posted by Mayra Isabel - Milwaukee, WI - Family Friend   October 12, 2021

Dear Tom and family
It is so sad to hear that our "Aunt Beppy" has passed away. Despite its respectable age, messages like this always come unexpectedly. We share fond memories of her visits to our parents, Ted and Iet Wennekes, in the Netherlands.

Dear Tommy,
We will uncork a Heineken and give a toast to her beautiful life.

Posted by Rob Wennekes - Beusichem, the Netherlands - Family   October 12, 2021


To Tom and Family So sorry for the loss of Ellen, sending our sympathy to the family.

Posted by Al & Jackie zimmel - Mayville, WI   October 11, 2021

So sad to hear of Ellen passing. Prayers of comfort to Tom and the family. She was always upbeat, caring, and always wishing everyone all the best in life. She will be missed dearly by those that got to know her.

Posted by Mike and Joanne Rubel - Horn Lake, MS - Family Friend   October 11, 2021

So sorry to hear this. Sending prayers to the family

Posted by Deb Willis - Mayville, WI - Friend   October 11, 2021

Ellen was a wonderfull friendly woman who always would have a conversation with all who she met. She also loved playing the video games at the bar and was lucky often heehee . She will be missed and I am sure God will take good care of her now.. May God Bless and keep her.

Posted by Michael Muskovitz - Mayville, WI - Friend   October 11, 2021

Dear family, we think about you. Think about the sweet memories. She will be always in your and our hart.

Posted by Egbert & Tilly Buiter - Zwartsluis/The Nederlands. - Sister   October 11, 2021


To Tom and family...so very sorry for the loss of Ellen. She was such a sweet lady and neighbor. Will miss visiting with her. She was always dressed so neat and I loved her jewelry. She was just a beautiful lady all around. RIP dear Ellen.

Posted by Mike & Alice Litterick - Iron Ridge, WI - Neighbor   October 11, 2021

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