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Date of Birth: June 09, 1957

Date of Death: September 27, 2021

JoNell Borchert was born June 9th 1957 in Knobnoster, Missouri to Donald Thomas Sr. And Patsy Thomas. She was the oldest of five children. She was a fiery redhead and had the attitude to match. While on the farm in South Dakota she did a lot of farm work and was always looking after her younger siblings. She went to Portage high school in Michigan and graduated in 1976. You could always catch her hanging out with her friends having a good time.. JoNell had many best friends. Her and Cathy from high school would always be seen hanging out together. Delores from South Dakota was another best friend would hang out after work. Betty from Phoenix was a coworker that was a close friend and they often shared many jokes and stories. JoNell kept in touch with her best friends throughout the years. JoNell met the love of her life DeWayne (Wayne) Borchert in Milbank, South Dakota and married in April of 1987, they had two amazing children Heidi Scott ( Borchert) and Dustin Borchert. They lived in Phoenix, AZ and enjoyed watching their children grow up. JoNell worked for Fry's food and drug store for over 15 years as a cashier and safety coordinator. She made friends with everyone she met and always had jokes ready for anyone she crossed paths with. She enjoyed making people smile and helped turn sad faces into happy faces. JoNell enjoyed playing bingo and you could catch her playing bingo at her favorite bingo hall on Thursdays. She also enjoyed sitting by the lake fishing. In recent years she would go to the community lakes and fish on the weekends never giving up until she caught something or cussing when she didn't catch anything. JoNell loved playing tricks or joking with her husband, sister, children, grandkids, and nephew. She was feisty, stubborn and enjoyed a challenge. JoNell is preceded in death with her parents Donald Thomas Sr., Patsy Smith, her brother Donald Thomas Jr. Peggy- Jo Paulson, Alfred "Chuck" Thomas, and many of her uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. She is survived by her husband of 34 years Wayne Borchert of Arizona, her children Heidi Scott ( Borchert) of Arizona, Dustin Borchert of Arizona, her brother Michael Thomas of Texas, her sisters Tina Feten of South Dakota and Doreen Thomas of Arizona, her 3 grandsons Brodie Scott, Wesley Scott and Henry Scott, a special nephew Josh Jones and his wife Kalina and their two children Hayley Jones and Jackson Jones of Arizona (who were just like grandkids to JoNell), Aunts, many cousins and friends. JoNell Borchert passed away peacefully on Monday September 27th 2021. She will be missed by everyone she met. JoNell's family would like it if you could spend some quality time with your family instead of sending flowers. Remember her by planting some flowers or a tree/bush, she loved the color purple and her favorite flower was peony.

Service Information

JoNell's service will be October 8th, 2021 at 1000


The family requests that you take your family out and spend time with them. Take pictures and have fun. If you would like to plant a tree, bush or flowers JoNell loved peonies, her favorite color was purple, and she loved her family.