Life Story: Jo Bornholdt reached high offices in Order of Eastern Star

Jo Ann Bornholdt, of Princeton, who died June 9 at 78 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis, reached high offices in the Order of Easter Star and contributed to the community in many ways.
Bornholdt was born in Marion, North Dakota, and later lived in Halstad and Elbow Lake, Minnesota, before coming to Princeton in her senior year of high school. She met her husband, Al, during summer band practice in 1953. After graduating from Moorhead State University with teaching degrees in English and physical education, Jo and Al married in 1958.mug bornholdt
Their first home together was in Golden Valley, where she taught at Robbinsdale High School before returning to Princeton. After teaching two years in Princeton, she decided to stay at home to raise their five children.
Jo Bornholdt stayed very active while raising children, volunteering in the schools and the Civic Betterment Club. Later she joined the staff of Princeton Union-Eagle as a proofreader and columnist. She also was an avid golfer, becoming the Rum River Golf Club champion in Princeton one year. She was known for her musical talents, playing organ and piano at First Congregational UCC and being part of the church choir as a director and member. Resident Ron Almen, who once directed that choir, said that Bornholdt had a beautiful alto voice and that he relied on her in the choir.
Almen also counted Bornholdt as a good friend and said that one of his favorite memories of her was brought to mind on Valentine’s Day this year. Almen, who for more than five decades had been in men’s singing quartets, was in a quartet on Valentine’s Day singing to widows around Princeton and one of them was Bornholdt. Her husband died in 2008.
Almen said he told her on Valentine’s Day that out of all of his singing experiences, his highlight was the time that he and Bornholdt sang the “Hawaiian Wedding Song” as a duet during a Hawaiian luau at the golf club in Princeton in the late 1950s.
Almen and Bornholdt also had the shared experience of being in the Order of Eastern Star OES Kedron Chapter 120 in Princeton for many years; Almen is still a member.
Bornholdt took many committee positions in the group and advanced in leadership ranks through state and national to where she served as Worthy Grand Electa 2003-06 and traveled internationally to visit Order of Eastern Star chapters. Order of Eastern Star families were said to be very special to her.
The visitation for Bornholdt was June 13 at First Congregational UCC and also on June 14 prior to her memorial service that day at Immanuel Lutheran in Princeton. Any memorials in her name are requested to be given to either First Congregational UCC of Princeton, the Kedron Chapter of the OES in Princeton, or to Fairview Home Care and Hospice.

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