Published On: Wed, Jul 13th, 2011

Obituary – Mary Magdalen “Maggie” Borte

Mary Magdalen “Maggie” Borte

CENTRALIA, Wash. — Mary Magdalen “Maggie” (Steffen) Borte, Centralia, Wash., died July 4, 2011, at the home of one her daughters in Kent, Wash.
A Rosary was held July 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Centralia.
The Funeral Mass was July 8 at St. Mary’s. Burial followed at the St. Francis Cemetery, Cowlitz Prairie, near Toledo.

Maggie, as she was known by her many friends and relatives, was born Sept. 5, 1920, to Joseph and Dorothea Steffen, Constance, and was the eldest of 10 children. She married Leo H. Borte, Cowlitz Prairie, Sept. 5, 1945, in Constance, and moved to their home on South Gold Street in Centralia where they raised their 12 children. They were both active members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church until their deaths. Leo died Oct. 11, 1996. Maggie was a very caring mother, who obviously had her hands full with so many children. Education, religion and citizenship were strong family values that were shared by all.
Maggie had a gift and a passion for growing flowers, especially roses. She also enjoyed visiting with family and friends. She always kept up with the news and became a serious sports fan.
In her later years, she had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and even overseas to Europe on several occasions. Maggie enjoyed life and loved to laugh with family and her friends. She was also known for her great cooking and baking.
She is survived by her children and spouses, Barbara Middaugh, Kent, Wash.; Rosemarie Borte, Bellevue, Wash.; Joe Borte, Centralia, Wash.; Jim and Brenda Borte, Port Angeles, Wash.; Steve and Anjali Borte, Atlanta, Ga.; Donna King, Kent, Wash.; Marian and Jim Long, Centralia, Wash.; Carol Borte, Kent, Wash.; Linda and Mike Huse, Bellevue, Wash.; Mike and Sally Borte, Renton, Wash.; Joan Olsen, Renton, Wash.; and Tom and Denise Borte, Renton, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; her sisters and husbands, Delores and Delbert Broders, Helen and Bill Volquardson, Theresa Sorenson, Rosie and Kenny Dreesen, Margie and George Pitman; and brothers and wives, George and Shirley Steffen and James and Janice Steffen.
She was preceded in death by two stillborn children; her brother, Freddie, who died at the age of two months; and brother, Daniel, who died while serving his country during the Korean War.
Memorials in Maggie’s name can be made to St. Mary’s Church, 715 Parkway, Centralia, WA 98531, or Providence Hospice Foundation, 425 Pontius Ave N, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98109