Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

A. LaVerne Borgelt

A. LaVerne Borgelt, age 94, of Crestline, died Tuesday evening, November 24, 2020 in the hospice wing of OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

LaVerne was born at home on September 20, 1926 in Columbus Grove, Putnam County, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Erma (Basinger) Schumacher. She was a 1944 graduate of Columbus Grove High School. Following graduation, LaVerne began work as a secretary for Mache Tomato Canning Factory in Defiance where she met and worked with many German war prisoners. Following that, she began work at Westinghouse in Lima where she worked 2nd shift in the Small Motor Division. LaVerne fondly reminisced about her time at Westinghouse where, when the guards went to lunch, she would go to the PA system and would become a “DJ” for the factory. She played music and made announcements over the system for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, etc. and enjoyed bringing joy to the employees.

LaVerne met her husband, Vincent A. Borgelt, a farmer by trade, and they wed on August 26, 1946. It was then when her life began as a wife, homemaker, and mother- all roles she shined in. LaVerne, together with Vince, was a very active member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Bethlehem, Shelby Settlement. For many years she was a lay minister, led Liturgy of the Word and communion services for 17 years, and was a member of both the Altar and Rosary Society and the Daughters of Isabella. For 3 years, LaVerne went to the diaconate program for classes and also had attended many weekend conferences at Notre Dame University which she loved so very much and met people from all over the world.

LaVerne was someone who easily took on the role as “anyone’s grandma”. She was sweet and welcoming and was an excellent storyteller. With Vincent, LaVerne enjoyed traveling to Germany and England where they were able to see the crown jewels, which she directly admitted in her opinion were “quite ugly.” She was a woman who enjoyed many thrills and highlights throughout her life which included, but were not nearly limited to: riding in a hot air balloon with her granddaughter when she was 80, taking a ride with her son in a B-17, motorcycle rides with her son and granddaughter, and traveling with her daughter to Hawaii.

She is survived by her children, her 4 sons: Errol (Susan) Borgelt of Pittsburgh, PA, Randy (Joan) Borgelt of Crestline, Gary Borgelt of Crestline, and Charles (Charlene) Borgelt of Willard; her daughter: Ann (Otis) Manor III of Hoover, AL; 14 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law: Betty Borgelt. In addition to her parents, LaVerne was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent A. Borgelt, in 2008; an infant son, Michael Vincent Borgelt; and sister: Carla Robenalt.

Family and friends are welcome to attend LaVerne’s funeral mass on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 11 am at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 5742 State Route 61, Shelby. The family will greet guests one hour prior to the mass from 10 – 11 am. Fr. Jeff Smith will officiate and burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence at or by leaving a comment on LaVerne’s obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Joe and Terri DeVito says:

    Randy, Joan and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers with you all

  2. Stasia Ulmer says:

    I am so sorry for your loss

  3. Wayne & Marcia Kessler says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at your time of loss. LaVerne certainly sounds like someone who lived life to the fullest and will be remembered for many years

  4. Tom & Kathy Riedel says:

    Randy, Joan and family:
    We are so sorry for your loss in the passing of your sweet Mother. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. We love you! ❤️

  5. Doug & li dalee strain says:

    In this time of sadness, may you be comforted in the knowledge that others care. So sorry for your loss

  6. Holly Korbas says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I used to take care of your mom at Cornell’s Pharmacy and I truly loved her and our visits there or wherever we met. Such a wonderful person and you knew when you talked to her, she truly cared! She was such a classy lady!

  7. Joel & Sherry Callis says:

    Randy, Joan and family, so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers with your family.

  8. Celia and Charlie Warren says:

    So sorry for the loss of this precious lady. I’m so happy that I got to visit her shortly before the pandemic and hear some of her interesting stories. Our sincere sympathy and prayers!

  9. John & Julieta Young says:

    Errol, Randy, Gary, Chuck and Anne-
    We are saddened to learn of the passing of your mother. As neighbors for many years, your mom was very special and she and my mom had a wonderful and enduring friendship. You will all have wonderful memories. Our condolences to all of you.
    John & Julieta Young

  10. Rosanne Conley says:

    To the Borgelt family, our sympathy to you. LaVerne was such a lovely, classy lady. I enjoyed listening to all her stories when visiting with her. She was such a gentle, kind lady. May God grant her eternal rest.
    Bob and Rosanne Conley

  11. Leo and Bev Hartings says:

    Very sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers.
    Leo and Bev Hartings

  12. Debbie and Dennis Gwirtz says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Borgelt family! She was a lovely lady and will be missed. God rest her soul!

  13. Michael Graham says:

    My Sincere Condolences in the loss of your mom and grandmother. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Borgelt family. I knew Vince from working with him for many years at the Tuby, and met LaVerne at the family home when taking my daughters to fish in the pond behind the house.

    She will be greatly missed!

  14. Margie Remington says:

    Randy, Joan and Family, I am so sorry for your loss and offer my sincere condolences.

  15. Richard and Marilyn Vogt says:

    To the Borgelt family,
    Our condolences to all of you. Your mom was such a classy lady. So easy to talk to. Always appreciated so much all the communion services she and your dad conducted for so many years. They never missed… matter the weather.
    Marilyn and Richard Vogt

  16. Steve&MargaretKeller says:

    To the Borgelt Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Lavern was a kind & loving lady. We are better persons from having known her. We will always cherish her friendship & the many conversations we shared over the years. May she Rest In Peace!
    Steve @ Margaret Keller

  17. Fred and Marge Hosang says:

    We express our deepest sympathy to the Borgelt family. I remember that LaVerne was very kind to everyone during our high school and college years. She will be missed.

  18. Renie & Denny Borgelt says:

    LaVerne was loved by so many, will be missed by so many more, and left cherished memories everywhere she went. The Good Lord welcomed her with open arms as we struggle to let her go. Watch over us, LaVerne. You’ll always be in our hearts.

    Renie & Denny Borgelt

  19. Patty (Schroeder) Todd says:

    To the Borgelt family,

    I express my deepest sympathy to the whole family. LaVerne was a great lady and neighbor as I grew up.

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