Caroline Bormann


Aug. 23, 1921 — Aug. 25, 2018


BODE — Caroline Bormann, age 97 of Bode, passed away Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at her home. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joe with Rev. Merle Kollasch celebrating.

Burial will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joe with a Catholic Daughters of America Rosary at 3:45 p.m., and a scripture service at 7 p.m.

Caroline Anne Bormann, daughter of Charles and Anna Laubenthal Kollasch, was born Aug. 23, 1921, at the family home near Whittemore. She attended Presentation Academy and received her High School diploma in 1939. After graduation she worked at Cavenaugh’s Drug Store in Whittemore, the ASC office and the Credit Bureau in Algona and Republic Drugstore in Denver. She married Clarence Bormann on Nov. 20, 1945, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Whittemore, Iowa and they lived on the same farm in the St. Joe area until 2014. After the death of her husband, Clarence, she moved to Van Buren Terrace in Algona.


Caroline was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a Charter Member of the St. Joe Catholic Daughters of America serving as Regent from 1973-1975. She served as the CCW Parish Representative and also the Rural Life Committee head for the Deanery. She enjoyed parish activities, playing cards and gardening. She was a Charter member of the Palo Alto County Piecemakers Quilt Guild and enjoyed making quilts for her home, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.


 Caroline enjoyed farm life and believed we have a responsibility to pass our land on to the next generation better than we found it. In November 2001 Caroline and Clarence were presented with the St. Isidore and Maria Award by the National Catholic Rural Life Conference. The award is given in recognition of a rural couple that exemplifies fidelity to a dream, a vocation, and a love that combines family, integrity, stewardship, and religion.


Caroline is survived by her seven children: Phil and Rosemary Bormann of

Bode, Corinne and Brian D’Silva of Reston, Va., Connie and Jerry Bernardy of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Merrill and Brenda Bormann of Whittemore, Ellen and Chris Belle of Wheat Ridge, Colo., Karl and Susie Bormann of Red Oak, and Marita Sanders of Eagan, Minn. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren who she adored. She is also survived by her four sisters, Sr. Anne Marie Kollasch PBVM, Dubuque, Dee Kollasch, Algona, Joanne Kollasch OSB, Madison Wis., and Irene Bormann of St. Joe.


She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Louis Kollasch, Arnold Kollasch, Eugene Kollasch SJ, and Clem Kollasch and brother-in-laws, Harold Bormann and Maurice Laubenthal and sister in laws Helen Gales, Mary Helen Kollasch and Lorene Kollasch.

Memorials may be made in Caroline’s name and directed to Holy Wisdom Monastery, County Road M, Middleton WI 53562 or Hospice of the Heartland.


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