Brownell, Joan Borgerson, Saginaw, Michigan

A beautiful daughter, Joan, was born on September 23, 1930 in Battle Creek, Michigan where she spent her childhood with her parents, June Allene Brownell Borgerson and Oscar C. Borgerson Sr. and her brother Oscar Jr. After her mother’s untimely death when Joan was twelve years old, her Aunt Stella and Uncle Russell Hopkins, a Methodist minister, helped to raise her. Joan traveled on the train several times a month to visit them in Detroit. Joan was the first woman in her family to graduate from college. She was a member of Phi Kappa, attended Michigan State University and University of Michigan, and graduated with honors. She went on to receive her Masters Degree from the University of Michigan. Joan and her family moved to Saginaw, Michigan where she taught elementary school and then was a professor at Delta College until her retirement. Joan was a member of the Junior League of Saginaw and, as one of the first full time working members, helped the League establish weekend and night placements. Joan spent her years in retirement pursuing her passions of reading, tracing her ancestral genealogy and serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Saginaw Public Libraries. In 1987 Joan was awarded the Sesquicentennial Pioneer Certificate in recognition of the contributions of her pioneer ancestor, David Roberts, who settled in the state of Michigan prior to December 31, 1837. She was the vigilant custodian of the Roberts- Brownell handkerchief carried by the brides in her family line for four generations. Joan is survived by her daughter, Carolyn (Daniel) Taylor; four grandchildren: Daniel Clayton Taylor, Jr. (age 24), Joseph Ryan Taylor (age 22), Christina Marie Brownell Taylor (age 20), and Caroline Anne Ellsworth Taylor (age 16) of Houston, Texas; three nieces: Ann Gronewold Percy, Elizabeth (Peggy) Gronewold, and Laura Gronewold; one nephew: Steve Gronewold; her brother, Oscar Borgerson, Jr.; and a wealth of “adopted” family members and friends. Joan lived the gospel and touched the lives of many. Her hope is that each of her loved ones will pass her gift of love on to another. Joan will rest in Oak Hill Cemetery in Battle Creek, Michigan with her mother and infant daughter. Funeral services will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 3, 2010 at Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road, Saginaw, Michigan. Rev. Rob Richards will officiate. Friends may call at the Deisler Funeral Home on Sunday, January 2, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Monday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Public Libraries of Saginaw. Please share your thoughts and memories at the funeral home or through www.DeislerFuneralHome.com