Dora Juliann Bornschein, a remarkable woman who was deeply loved by her family and friends, died March 19 at home with her children at her side. She was 82. Her husband of 61 years, Herb, died in 2012. Best known for her mystery books that focused on Colorado history, she was also a long-time docent at Rosemount Museum and a force to be reckoned with on the ballroom dance floor.
Dora's varied career included long-distance operator, real estate agent, and owner of a frame shop with her niece, Myrna Diaz. She often helped Herb measure his commercial glass jobs. Dora and Herb shared many adventures in their RV and Stinson airplane, both of which she helped Herb restore. She loved to travel and visited her children in Europe several times. She enjoyed spending time in her yard, which she and Herb landscaped together. Dora loved the Colorado mountains. She had a strong sense of justice, an enthusiastic but no-nonsense approach to life, and intense love for her family and friends.
She was born in Pueblo on May 24, 1931, the last of ten children, to Henry and Christina Milberger. She is survived by her children Stephanie (David) Vance, Juliann (Alan) Feuerbacher, Nathan (Gina) Bornschein, and Rella (Rob) Abernathy; grandchildren Brian DeHerrera, Cheri Palmer, Christopher DeHerrera, Taylor (Joanna) Bornschein, Julia Feuerbacher, and Brendan Abernathy; great-grandchildren Willow and Aidan Palmer; brother Dale (Zella) Milberger; brother-in-law Larry (Jackie) Bornschein; sister-in-law Marge Borton; and many nieces and nephews.
Dora’s family would like to thank her beloved healthcare team, Linda Jackson and Stephanie Snyder, and the staff at Sangre de Cristo Hospice, particularly her exceptional nurse, Vincent Perez, who made her final days special.
Dora's family welcomes her friends to an open house at the family home at 2818 Colfax Avenue, on Sunday, March 23, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers or food, Dora requested that donations be made in her memory to Rosemount Museum. Please visit www.cucharabooks.com to learn more about her life and to share your memories.