Alta Reese, 106, once of area

Alta Borgen Reese, 106, once of this area, died on July 29, 2019, at Edenbrook Care Center in Rochester.

Alta Mildred Borgen was born June 3, 1913, on the family farm in Pilot Mound Township to Gilman and Alida (Foss) Borgen.

After attending Paulson school, a rural common school near the family farm, she boarded in Lanesboro and graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1930. She furthered her education in Winona, graduating from Winona State Teacher's College in 1932. She began her teaching career back at the Paulson Common School then went on to teach at Newburg, Motley, Morgan, Chatfield and Lake Benton. Teaching kindergarten and elementary students was such a joy for her.

She married Orville A. Reese on Sept. 16, 1941. They lived in several cities while raising four sons and eventually settled in Chatfield in 1958, when her husband was employed as a boilermaker at the fledgling IBM company in Rochester. After her husband’s death in 1978, she divided her time between Chatfield and Apache Junction, Ariz., until her move to Edenbrook (Maple Manor) Care Center in Rochester at the age of 100.

In 1976, she retired from her position as an employee of the State of Minnesota Hearing and Vision testing program. She was in charge of organizing, supervising and completing tests for southeastern Minnesota schools.

She especially enjoyed music of many genres, playing the organ and participating in choirs, both in Chatfield and Apache Junction.

An active member of her community, she sat on the Chatfield Planning and Zoning Committee, was a 46-year member of the Chatfield Women's Club, Den Mother for the Cub Scouts and especially proud of her work as a member of the executive board of the Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church in both Chatfield and Apache Junction.

She is survived by sons, Stuart (Merilyn) of Altamont, N.Y., Kirk (Shan) of Rhinelander, Wis., and Steve (Cindy) of Rochester; daughter-in-law, Barbara of South St. Paul; brother-in-law, William (Sally) Reese of Rochester; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville; son, Allan; grandson, Kevin; brother, Norman; sister-in-law, Charlotte; and two nieces, Diane and Donna.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Chatfield United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Debra Jene Collum officiating. Burial was at Chatfield Cemetery.

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