Franklin F. Borg -- Rochester

ROCHESTER -- A memorial service for Franklin F. Borg will be 11 a.m. Friday at Bethel Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Linda Helberg officiating. The body was donated to Mayo Clinic for medical research.

Mr. Borg, 84, of Charter House, Rochester, a retired chief engineer at Franklin Heating Station, died of cancer Monday (Feb. 18, 2002) in the skilled nursing area of Charter House. He had been ill seven weeks.

Born March 1, 1917, in Rochester, he grew up here and graduated from Rochester High School. On June 4, 1939, he married Anna Katherine Ashe in Rocklane, Ind. His wife is a teacher. He graduated from the University of Indianapolis and attended Columbia University before joining the Navy in 1942. He served until 1950 with duty in the Pacific during World War II, achieving the rank of lieutenant. After the service he studied engineering through the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Borg was assistant engineer and chief engineer at Mayo Clinic's Franklin Heating Station and retired in 1978 following more than 40 years of service.

He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, where he was an assistant Sunday school superintendent, a past president of the National Association of Power Engineering, a 50-plus-year member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, a 20-year member of the Elks Lodge and a member of the Rochester American Legion. He taught a night engineering course at Rochester Area Vocational and Technical School for 20 years, was a Scout master and an avid fisherman.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, Frank F. Jr. (Susan) of Altoona, Wis., Robert C. (Catherine) of Naperville, Ill., John W. (Kathleen) of Edina, Minn., and Scott P. (Julie) of Fairmont, Minn.; two daughters, Ann K. (Steven) Kallsen of Bloomington, Minn., and Susan M. (Antonio) Luciano of Elk River, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Douglas C. (Elaine) of Yuma, Ariz.


Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Vine Funeral Home and an hour before the service Friday at the church. There will be no reviewal.

Memorials are suggested to Bethel Lutheran Church or Mayo Clinic Cancer Research.

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