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Obituary: Joan Borer Delling

Joan Borer Delling died on April 28, 2010 at a Boise, ID, memory care facility. She was born June 8, 1926 in Port Washington to Elizabeth Allen Borer and William F Borer. She graduated from St. Luke’s Hospital as a nurse in 1947 with her friend Aline Delling. During a vacation to Aline’s home, she met Hank Delling. They married August 31, 1951 and lived in Philadelphia, PA. They had two daughters, Lee and Carol, both born in Philadelphia.

Shortly after Carol’s birth, the family moved to Sunnyvale, CA, where Hank was employed by Philco Ford. Joan was heavily involved in the PTA, bridge group, potluck groups, and worked part time as a nurse. Once her daughters were in college, she went back to nursing fulltime, working at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, CA. She was a psychiatric nurse involved with the Rape Crisis unit and worked with bulimia and anorexia. She was well liked and respected. She loved ballroom dancing, her dogs, clothes shopping and travel. Upon her death, she had four passports filled with the various places she had traveled.

She became involved in Eckankar. Joan and Hank divorced in 1982. Joan moved to Boise, ID, to be with her grandchildren in 1989. There she worked as a psychiatric nurse at St. Alphonsus, volunteered at the Morrison Center and the Nature Center and taught classes at the Boise Eckankar center. Her health started declining in 2007 with a slow decline into dementia and she had multiple minor strokes. She passed in her sleep.

Joan is survived by her ex-husband Hank Delling (Alpharetta, GA); daughters Lee and Carol, both in Boise, ID; and her two granddaughters, Amy and Lindsay, also of Boise. A private memoriam will be held. Donations in her name may be made at the Idaho Humane Society. Arrangements are by Summers Funeral Homes, Boise, ID.