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Funeral services will take place on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

Trinity Lutheran Church
Midland, South Dakota

Midland Cemetery
Midland, South Dakota
A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, July 31, at Rush Funeral Home in Philip.

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In memory of

JoAnn Bork

of Midland, South Dakota, died on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip at the age of 64

JoAnn Bork was born to the late Daniel and Thilda (Fosheim) Mulcahy on January 8, 1956 in Pierre, South Dakota. JoAnn moved to Midland from Ft. Pierre in her elementary years. JoAnn may have been an only child, but you would never have known it by her large extended family who were just as close as brothers and sisters.

She attended school in Midland, only to be whisked away at 17 years old by the love of her life, Paul Bork. They celebrated 47 years of marriage on July 1st of this year. Together they farmed, ranched, and created a successful business and loving home for their family. First and foremost, JoAnn was a loving wife and mother. She was a proud mom to five children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Grandma to seven grandchildren.

JoAnn had a nurturing personality and always made others feel cared for. She was known for her home cooking and always made sure to make each kids’, son-in-laws’, or grandchilds’ favorite dish when they came to visit, even if it meant making separate entrees. Her cupboards were always full of snacks and homemade treats for the grandkids. Visitors and cattle crew never left the Bork home hungry as JoAnn would make sure everyone was fed, often their favorite dishes, before they left.

Paul and JoAnn retired in 2014, after which they were able to travel all over the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. They also became 'snowbirds’ and spent winters in California and South Carolina before settling in Texas. JoAnn enjoyed crafting, gardening, reading, music, attending ball games, and spoiling her pets. A true animal lover, her children often joked that her dog, Noodle, was the favorite child.

Survivors include her husband Paul Bork of Midland; five children Angela Mulcahy of Englewood, Colorado, Jennifer (Allen) Geuther of Pierre, Kimberly (Luke) Nelson of Aberdeen, Daniel (Caroline O'Keefe) Bork of Denver, Colorado, and Shelby Bork of Pierre; seven grandchildren: Jeremy and Vivian Anderson; Kevin, Ashlynn, and Kylie Geuther; and Aiden and Noah Nelson; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, July 31, at Rush Funeral Home in Philip.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland with Pastor Cindy Bisser officiating.

Interment will follow at the Midland Cemetery.

Friday, July 31, 2020 - 5-7 p.m.
Rush Funeral Home
Philip, South Dakota

Saturday, August 1, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
Midland, South Dakota

Pastor Cindy Bisser

“I Can Only Imagine” - Mercy Me
“Tears In Heaven” - Eric Clapton
“Live Like You Were Dying” - Tim McGraw
“Against the Wind” - Bob Seger

Kevin Geuther - Cody Manke

Bruce Royer - Bob Eckert - Jacob Fosheim
Luke Nelson - Allen Geuther - David Anderson

All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

Midland Cemetery
Midland, South Dakota

  • Paul & JoAnn's son Danny and our son, Christopher graduated high school in Midland. JoAnn and I had some good visits while sitting on the bleachers at basketball games. I stayed with JoAnn's folks, Danny & Till my freshmen and sophomore years of high school in Midland. I remember those times I fed baby food to JoAnn in her high chair.
    They were so happy and proud to have that little baby girl in their lives. And now the three of them are in Heaven having a joyous reunion.
    Our sympathies to you Paul and your families. She will be missed.
    ~ Sonia Nemec Edgewood in Spearfish (8/1/2020)
  • I have lost a wonderful childhood friend. My heart goes out to family. We shared many memories together and JoAnn always made me laugh. We were quite the pair growing up! I will miss her dearly. ~ Dena Marie merchen Powder Springs, Ga (8/1/2020)
  • Georgia ~ Dena Marie merchen Powder Springs (8/1/2020)
  • Paul and family, really sad to see of JoAnn’s passing. She was a real rock for your family. But by her strong personality and love for all of you, it will help you get through this. So many visits we had over the years, always centered around all of you and how proud of you that she was. What a beautiful legacy she has left behind. Prayers ~ Barb Petoske Sioux Falls, SD (7/31/2020)
  • We were so very sorry to hear about JoAnn. Lots of memories of doing things together when all you kids were in school. We know how much she was loved and how much she will be missed. She is safe in Heaven now.
    ~ Larry and Julie McLaughlin Midland, SD (7/29/2020)
  • JoAnn will certainly be missed. She was a very kind and caring person. My heart goes out to her family. May she rest in peace. ~ Glenda Nemec Bristol, SD (7/27/2020)
  • JoAnn was a kind woman with a big heart and she will be missed by everyone that knew her. Please know my thoughts and prayers and with everyone. ~ Eva Briggs Pierre, SD (7/27/2020)
  • God bless her. As God calls her home. We are left with the precious memories. She will be missed. Symptoms to her family. You are all in our hearts and prayers ~ Claire and Ken Mayo Gate City VA (7/27/2020)