Thelma ‘T’ Borden, 93

OSWEGO, NY – Thelma “T” Borden, 93, a lifelong Oswego resident, passed away Sunday July 24, 2016.

She was the daughter of the late Edgar and Myrtle (Myers) Hoefer.

Thelma ‘T’ Borden
Thelma ‘T’ Borden

She was educated in the Oswego public schools.

“T” was employed as a court attendant at Oswego County Family Court, from which she retired on her 90th birthday after nearly 30 years of service.

She truly looked forward to work everyday.

“T” was formerly employed at the Taggart, General Electric, and with the Oswego City School District.

She was very proud of her work during World War II welding Army tanks in Oswego while her husband Leslie, fought with the 17th Airborne during the Battle of the Bulge.

“T” was a communicant of the First United Methodist Church regularly serving as an usher, greeter and a lifelong committee member for the Oswego County Republican Party.

“T” was also a Girl Scout leader, a volunteer who visited patients at Marcy Psychiatric Center and co-hosted sing-a-longs at area nursing homes with Laura McCarey for many years.

She enjoyed bowling and knitting, but most of all spending time with family and friends.

She leaves behind her children, Jeanne (Orville) Byrne, James (Marilyn) Borden and Janet Borden-Corbitt all of Oswego; grandchildren, Michael (Tammy) Byrne, Pam (Tim) Felasco, Jeffrey (Bruce Deming) Byrne, Christopher (Amy) Byrne, Brian (Melissa Clary) Borden and Michelle Borden; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, among them a very special caring niece, Bobbie Jean (Borden) Carson.

She was predeceased by her husband. Leslie. in 1978; brothers, Edgar Hoefer and Donald Hoefer; and sister. Shirley Cullivan.

A private memorial service will be held at Nelson Funeral Home at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in “T” Borden’s memory can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the American Cancer Society.


  1. T was quite a lady, I always enjoyed visiting with her during her many years as a Family Court Baliff. She will be missed. My deepest condolences to her family.

  2. Jeanne, Jim and Janet ….

    Our most heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother. T certainly was a very special person. I will long remember her and our long talks. She will be remembered in our prayers.

    Janet (Hirsh) and Ray Murray

  3. Jeanne, Jim and Janet,

    So sorry to hear of T’s passing. We were neighbors for a lot of years. You kids were so faithful and loving in your care for her. God bless you all on this new adventure w/God. Love in Christ, Doris and for Leo.

  4. Janet, I’m so sorry to hear of your moms passing. She was a wonderful person and I’ll always treasure our memories growing up, and her cream pies.

  5. Jeanne, Orv, Jim,Marilyn and family. I am ver sorry to hear of your loss but know your Mom led a full and happy life. Do you remember having bday party for Frank years ago….Well your Mom passed on what of been his 75th. Living in Massachusetts now and very happy but miss 5th Strret. Love to all Mary.
    Drop a line when u have time [email protected]

  6. We are very sorry for your loss. T was such a wonderful person and always brightened my day when I saw her. Our deepest condolences to the family.

  7. “T” was a staple around the county court lobby. She was always friendly and helpful, even when people were at their worst. “T” always had a nice word to give to anyone.
    She was missed a the courthouse and she will be missed dearly at First Methodist Church in Oswego.
    To her family, we have our heartfelt thanks for sharing her with us, and sorrow at the loss of a great lady!

  8. So very sorry to hear of T’s passing! She was an inspiration to so many. A hard worker would be an understatement!, Always willing to help and put her heart and soul into everything she did.
    She will be missed!

  9. What an awesome lady. I have known T all through my church life. And coming to our house to have petitions signed. T will be missed
    Our Prayers are with all the Family.

  10. Such a wonderful lady. She always had a smile and a friendly word for me every time I saw her.

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