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Dorothy Faye McClure Borneman

Oconto County Reporter
March 2010

A former owner of the Oconto Reporter newspaper with her husband, Bill, Dorothy Faye Borneman, 82, of Oconto passed away Sunday, March 28 at the Woodland Nursing Home in Oconto. She had suffered from diabetes and a congestive heart problem and a recent hip fracture.

Born Dec. 10, 1927 in Muphysboro, Ill., she was a 1945 graduate of Murphysboro High School. Her mother, Clara McClure was her inspiration. After her mother's husband abandoned his wife and six children during the Great Depression, she raised her and her siblings with care and compassion.

She and her husband of nearly 41 years, Bill moved to Oconto in February of 1972, having purchased the Oconto County Reporter newspaper. Both left positions with the Daily Times Newspaper in Ottawa, Ill., where her husband was managing editor and she was a copy setter. In Oconto her husband was in charge of news and advertising and she directed production, personnel and bookkeeping. For over 30 years, she continued to head the business bookkeeping aspect, even after the business was sole in the 1990's. She remained an integral part of the business until retiring about here years ago. She was a member of First American Lutheran Church.

Her husband, William (Bill) survives, along with two daughters, Mrs. Paul (Clara) Weiss of Green Bay and Chona Zimmerman of Oconto Falls; a son, Charles (Debbie) Spicer of Baton Rouge, La; a sister, Sally Pitts of Streator, Ill.; a brother, Robert McClure of Merrillville, Ind.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a stepson, William D. (Doris) Borneman of Cypress, Tex.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Tom (Carol) Hall of Stanford, Fla.; two step-grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother, who passed away while residing with her in 1992; two brothers, Charles McClure, who was killed in Korea and Toby McClure and a sister, Estelle.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 31 from noon until 2 p.m. at First American Lutheran Church in Oconto. Private services followed at 2 p.m. with Pastor Mary Zupansic officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto.