ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, James Borgelt Jr., 65 years old, born on November 13, 1955, and passed away on March 21, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Steve Dale on June 21, 2021
No two ways about it, Jim was a big guy. Thing is - his heart was bigger. Nikki Proutsos noted about regarding his sense of humor, I LOVED that about him. No matter how we argued - and back then ALWAYS CIVIL - about politics, we ended in a laugh, a big laugh. That was another big thing about Jim, not a shy giggle by any means - an uproarious laugh. Of course, most of all, we connected regarding shelter animals. He did so much good, and sadly so many in today's shelter and rescue scene haven't a clue how he set the stage for them. Another big thing....a big soul. And a big booming voice; he could have had my job and would have done darn well at it. 
Posted by NIKKI Proutsos on June 19, 2021
We are so grateful for the opportunity to have met and worked with Jim. There was truly no one else like him. He was compassionate, smart, and had a great sense of humor. I can remember laughing each and every time we met. He will be missed by everyone that knew him. ❤️
Posted by Ann Markham on June 18, 2021
We worked with Jim in dog rescue for many years and always enjoyed his keen sense of humor, friendly greetings, sharp conversations, good will toward all beings...
We miss him. 
Ann Markham
John Wockner
Posted by Mary Haight on June 18, 2021
Jim was, in the best sense, a schmoozer's schmoozer. Ever the interesting, knowledgeable conversationalist, he engaged everyone in the room with a ready smile. This talent served shelter animals well in his role as Lake Shore Animal Shelter's Treasurer and Chicago Animal Shelter Alliance's past President.

While his love for animals was apparent, less well-known was his willingness to help people.

I won't forget the time Elizabeth told him I had an incident. Suddenly I lost my ability to stand or walk and fell down the stairs. I needed a ride to the doctors. At the time, I lived one-and-a-half hours from Park Ridge, and my doctor was just off Lake Michigan in Chicago. Jim spent the day ferrying me there, waiting at the office, back to my house again, then back to Elizabeth. I don't know many who would do that, do you? I know he offered this same generosity to others. Perhaps they'll tell their stories here.

Jim touched many lives and will be missed. Rest well.
Posted by Elizabeth Curran on June 14, 2021
Jim, you were always my rock, best friend, shoulder to lean on, partner and loving husband. Did not know you were leaving, I never said goodbye. My heart is shattered. God gave us ALL the gift of your life, your laughter, your wisdom, and your amazing cooking! You were loved and you sure showed love to everyone you met. God must have needed you back, but it sure leaves us with a lot of grief. A beautiful soul. ILYA-Elizabeth

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Posted by Steve Dale on June 21, 2021
No two ways about it, Jim was a big guy. Thing is - his heart was bigger. Nikki Proutsos noted about regarding his sense of humor, I LOVED that about him. No matter how we argued - and back then ALWAYS CIVIL - about politics, we ended in a laugh, a big laugh. That was another big thing about Jim, not a shy giggle by any means - an uproarious laugh. Of course, most of all, we connected regarding shelter animals. He did so much good, and sadly so many in today's shelter and rescue scene haven't a clue how he set the stage for them. Another big thing....a big soul. And a big booming voice; he could have had my job and would have done darn well at it. 
Posted by NIKKI Proutsos on June 19, 2021
We are so grateful for the opportunity to have met and worked with Jim. There was truly no one else like him. He was compassionate, smart, and had a great sense of humor. I can remember laughing each and every time we met. He will be missed by everyone that knew him. ❤️
Posted by Ann Markham on June 18, 2021
We worked with Jim in dog rescue for many years and always enjoyed his keen sense of humor, friendly greetings, sharp conversations, good will toward all beings...
We miss him. 
Ann Markham
John Wockner
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Psalm 118:24

Today is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it. This was one of Jims favorite Bible verses. He said it often and lived his life by it.
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