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Between jobs, she had no insurance & few assets. We are a hard working family in a small town. We need help for her final expenses.

Jennuinely Sweet Cake Creations $50 Gift Certificate
Gift Certificate for custom cake

Our fundraiser for Joanie is coming to an end. March 31st is the final day. My niece, Jenn, has offered a promotion so that in her own way she can contribute. For every $50 donation made between March 15th, 2012 and March 31, 2012 she will issue a $50 gift certificate to be used towards a custom made cake of your choice from Jennuinely Sweet Cake Creations. This offer does not include shipping. If you are not in the Billings, MT area and able to pick up your cake you will need to pay postage which is usually the medium flat rate box for $11.35. Cakes can be shipped anywhere in the continental US. In order to receive the gift certificate the donation cannot be made anonymously. You MUST display the amount and your name, otherwise we have no idea who you are or what your donation was. We have no other access. After making your donation or if you have any questions you may send an email to Your certificate will be emailed to you from Jenn. Once again I would like to thank everyone for their generosity financially, emotionally and spiritually. God Bless. Joanne and Family


Joanie Marie (Kocab) Borell, 29, Basalt, Colorado, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
She was born on June 2, 1982, in Hanford, California. She is the daughter of Phillip and Joanne Kocab Borell. She attended grade schools in Russell, Kansas, and Roundup, Montana.
At the age of 7, she settled with her family in Wilson, Kansas. She is a Wilson High School graduate, class of 2000. She went on to attend Fort Hays State University where she obtained her bachelor's degree in history in 2005. With a passion, she went on to achieve her master's in museum studies at the University of Kansas in 2008. She had the fortunate opportunity to study abroad at Oxford, England, and while there, had the once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the Summer Solstice Celebration at Stonehenge.
During her career, she worked at The Ellis County Historical Society and the Watson Library at Kansas University. Most recently, she was both Curator and Director at the Leavenworth County Historical Society.
Joanie had the spirit of adventure from an early age. She traveled cross country with her Gram and Pap Kocab to see family and whatever was around the next bend.

One of Joanie's favorite quotes that describes her so well: "I prefer the saddle to the streetcar and star-sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading into the unknown, to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by cities." -- Everett Ruess.

Joanie left us a mystery when she was struck and run over by a bus in her new home of about two and a half weeks. She got off a bus at 12:45 AM within walking distance of her apartment. She was killed at 2:25 AM 18-20 miles from that bus stop. It was a clear but bitterly cold night and she was in unfamiliar territory. Why would she go for a 20 mile walk? How could she have possibly gone so far in such a short period of time? She was struck from behind by the bus in an area where there is no lighting, no shoulder and no walking area. We believe she thought she was in a walking lane or at least visible, she had no where else to go. The visions I have in my mind are haunting. Was there someone else complicit in her death? We'll most likely never know. However, if that is the case and someone took her against her will and left her there it is a criminal act. They got away with it and perhaps may do it again. We want the truth, Joanie would want us to protect another innocent from a tragic fate.

And please know that prayers for Joanie's soul are every bit as important as being able to pay her final bill.

Here are a few prayers if you are so inclined to do so, it is certainly appreciated.

"Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen."

"Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen"

O Lord, who art ever merciful and bounteous with Thy gifts, look down upon the suffering souls in purgatory. Remember not their offenses and negligences, but be mindful of Thy loving mercy, which is from all eternity. Cleanse them of their sins and fulfill their ardent desires that they may be made worthy to behold Thee face to face in Thy glory. May they soon be united with Thee and hear those blessed words which will call them to their heavenly home: "Come, blessed of My Father, take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."

Thank you for your consideration.
God Bless.
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