Louise “Cookie” Marie Walz Borstad, 77, passed away February 2, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud with her children by her side during her last days. She left this earth and met Jesus face-to-face to spend eternity in heaven.
Services will be held in the early summer in Detroit Lakes at a date to be determined.
Louise was born in 1943 to Norman and Katherine Walz in Detroit Lakes. She attended Holy Rosary Catholic School and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1961.
She graduated from Moorhead State College in 1965 and married Hans Borstad, also from Detroit Lakes. Together they raised their family in Staples. After their divorce in the late 1980s, Louise moved to St. Cloud where she obtained her Masters in Arts degree from St. Cloud State University and split her time between Arizona and her beloved lake home on 3rd Crow Wing Lake in northern Minnesota where she felt blessed to be able to spend her summers.
She became the English and Drama teacher at Nogales High School in Nogales, Arizona. She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995 and survived a bone marrow transplant (for cutaneous T-cell lymphoma) at Stanford University in 1997.
She moved back to Minnesota permanently, retiring to 3rd Crow Wing, eventually settling in Annandale. She had many dear friends in that community and at the St. Ignatius Parish.
She will always be remembered by her loving smile, her love of friends and family and her enjoyment of the simple pleasures of life. She enjoyed traveling, reading, skiing, boating, parties, cooking for her friends, chocolate goodies with extra whipped cream on top and showering those around her with “hearts, flowers and presents.”
Louise is survived by two daughters, Sandy Borstad (Bill) Alter of Tucson, AZ and DeeDee Borstad of Barnum; one son, Greg (Stacy) Borstad of Wilmington, NC; six grandchildren, whom she dearly loved, Cody Luchs, Jessica Borstad, Grant Alter, Gwen Alter, Alexa Borstad, Jacob Borstad and Taylor Borstad; two sisters, Mary Kay (Vern) Isaacson of Pelican Rapids and Pauline (John) Morris of Fountain Hills, AZ; three brothers, Frank (Alice) Walz of Andover, Tom (Betty) Walz of Forest Lake, and Bill (Cindi) Walz of La Quinta, CA; many, many, beloved nieces and nephews and her best friends, Keith, Donna, Deb and Michael, in Annandale.
She is preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Margaret (Don) Wallace of Frazee; and an infant brother, John.
The family is asking for donations in her name to be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at https://donate.lls.org. Blessings to all. Love, Louise’s family.