Josephine M. Borger

(March 19, 1927-April 9, 2013)

Josephine Borger passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in her home with her loving family by her side.

Josephine was a good catholic woman, and it was reflected in her life.  She had a deeply generous and considerate nature which inspired her to constantly think of others before herself.  It was one of the reasons she was always ready to do volunteer work.  Even after retiring as a Bookkeeper for Zubrugg Hospital, she still volunteered there as well as at Deborah Hospital and was always ready to lend a hand for anything at St. Peter’s Church.  Josephine would pass these values on to her own children.  She had the strength to raise six daughters, while instilling in them both the values of the church and the tenacity to become strong women themselves.  Likewise, they carry on her love of family as a whole.

As a young woman Josephine met a gentleman named Joseph Borger at a church dance.  Fortunately they both loved to dance, and had even won a few jitterbug contests.  By 1951 the two were wed, and a few years later moved to Riverside from Philadelphia.  Before Joe’s passing in 2002,  their 50 year marriage was blessed by their daughters: Christine Borger of Pleasantville, Maureen Basehore (Tom) of Shamong, JoAnn Epstein (Herb) of Medford, Gerri Troiano (the late Troy) of Northfield, Beth Ann Magown (Craig) of Westampton and the late Francine Borger, and again by their grandchildren: Tom, Kyle, Brandon, Steven, Jesse and Julie.  Josephine is also the sister of John Morgan, Kathleen Rice and the late Margaret Burger and Mary Sivo.

Come celebrate Josephine’s 86 wonderful years (Mar. 19, 1927-Apr. 9, 2013) Friday from 7-9 PM and Saturday from 9-10 AM at the Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside.  Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30 AM Saturday at Jesus the Good Shepherd Church (St. Peter’s Site), Riverside.  Interment in St. Peter’s Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers  memorial gifts may be made either to Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls 1000 W. Lycoming St. Phila., PA 19140 or to America’s Keswick 601 Rt. 530, Whiting, NJ 08759-3599.

17 thoughts on “Josephine M. Borger

  1. Gerri Troiano

    Bridget Josephine Morgan Borger was the BEST Mommy/Mom/Mother a daughter could ask for…hands down! Just love you to the moon, Mom!! Thx for every little, last thing!! You were always there for us girls. I know you were proud of us and I’m so proud to call you my Mom. Thx for the memories. I will miss you FOREVER! So happy you are at peace now. I know Troy, Dad and Frannie greeted you on the other side. Keeping the faith! So hard to say good-bye……so, until we meet again, Mom!! xo <3 <3 <3

  2. Joan McHugh

    So sorry to learn of Jo’s passing. I am still in Florida but send my deepest sympathy to all of the
    family. I knew Jo from Volunteering at Zurbrugg Hospital as well as within our Riverfront
    Chapter of Deborah Hospital. She was a great lady. Had lots of laughs with her. She will certainly
    be missed by many.
    Joan McHugh

  3. Nancy Raffetty-Osterhoudt

    Your mom will be missed. Such a sweet, wonderful woman and mother whom I have very fond childhood memories of. She was a strong loving mother who raised beautiful, strong, loving daughters. I hope your mom and dad are up there playing pinnacle with my parents like they used to do back in the day…..
    My love to all!

  4. Beth Magown


    We Love you and miss you already. You were the best Mom, Mother-In-Law and Grandmom to all of us. You gave us many happy memories. I know you are in heaven with Dad and Francine and your sisters now. Watch over us and keep us safe. Rest in Peace.

    Beth, Craig, Brandon and Steven.

  5. Christine Borger

    It’s all been said and I know you felt the Love. I hope you are golfing with Dad, running with Frannie, and playing catch-up with your own Mom & Dad. Blessed Peace now. Chrissie xoxo

  6. Florence Kempista and Denice Becker

    Hello to all,

    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. When my stepfather died, she was on her way home from shopping but stopped in to check on my Mom, Florence Kempista. They had a lovely visit.

    I last saw her at the Delran Seniors meeting and she described how she was moving from the family home on Jefferson Street. Many memories. In fact, my first memory of your family was your father as he used to drive my sister to work every day as they both worked at the Frankford Arsenal. This was their form of carpooling, although he wanted to do the driving.

    Your parents were wonderful people and we are all better to have known them. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

    Denice Kempista Becker and Mom, Florence Kempista

  7. Loretta Kempista Davies

    So sorry to hear of Jo’s passing. I will fondly remember how she consoled me when my husband was sent to Viet Nam. Joe would drive me to work at the Frankford Arsenal every day since we worked together at the Arsenal. I lived on Monroe Street at that time. Jo was always smiling and had a kind word for everyone. I will always remember her for her cheerful attitude about life. She was a neighbor and friend and brought true meaning to the quote “Friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly..”

    My condolences to her family.

    Loretta Kempista Davies

  8. Matthew M. Welch

    I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. You were so blessed to have her for as long you did. Josephine and Joe are a part of the reasons that I have such fond memories of growing up when and where we did. I’m sorry that I’m unable to attend your mom’s service but, please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Tom Estelow

    This is just a note to the Borger family,sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. Gerri its been years since I have seen you just wanted to say you were always a good person to me and others I am sure you got this from your parents by reading all the comments. Once again sorry to hear of your loss you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love Tom

  10. Donald and Deborah Eib

    To the Borger family we are sorry for your loss. I had your dad Joe as one of my auto mechanic students
    for years. And Josephine was a kind and wonderful lady she will be missed.


  11. Lorraine Keating Hatcher

    My deepest condolences to the Borger sisters. I loved bumping into your Mother and talking with her. She always enjoyed talking about you girls to me. JoAnn, I especially want to say that I am sorry to you. I did not see it in the paper and you know that I would have been there for you. My heart dropped when I saw you turning down your street and yell out the car window to me! Please forgive me, you know that I would have been there for you, my oldest dearest HS friend.
    With All My Love,

  12. Mary and Bob Reagan

    Dear Chris,Maureen,Joann,Beth Ann,and Gerri:

    We are unable to attend your Mother’s funeral. I want to share our memories of your Mother. Iloved to hear her laugh. She was always there when I needed a friend,advise us on our twins and our move to Willingboro, N.J. Bob and I were fortunate to have both your Mother and Father as friends. We had some good times. We drifted apart when we moved to North Jersey,but your Mother was never far from my thoughts. I am especially happy I was able to talk to her while she was sick.

    Your parents raised wonderful and caring daughters. You all took special care of her when she became sick. We can all know we have a special angel in heaven looking out for us.

    God Bless

    Bob and Mary Reagan

  13. Aunt Kathleen

    I know how much you all miss your dear mother. I do too! I can’t accept that she is gone from me. She was alway so good and loving to me and Peggy and Mary and Bruds we had such a bond. I will miss her forevere. I just can’t verbelize everything that is in my heart. Not to have my sister/sisters.

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