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Danyelle Dawn Borgert, 46, of Sturgis passed away on April 20, 2020 at home under the loving care of her family and Heartland Hospice.

The daughter of John Dale & Linda Diane (Kessie) Van Voorst, Danyelle was born on April 14, 1974 in Fort Wayne, IN.  On November 23, 2018, in Sevierville, TN, she married Keith Borgert. Surviving is her husband, Keith Borgert; her three sons, Michael, Cameron, and Ashton Estep, and her daughter-in-law, Stephanie Estep.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Beulah Kessie, her maternal grandfather Jack Kessie, her paternal grandmother, Avis VanVoorst, and her paternal grandfather Skyler VanVoorst.
Danyelle aspired for the spring time which she capitalized upon to tend her garden. Photography was a preferred pastime which manifested itself in many landscape and barn photos, framed and distributed to friends and family. Danyelle’s favorite place to be was at home on the farm, surrounded by her family and “grand-puppies.” She loved re-creating family recipes shared by her grandmothers and cooking for her family. Working in logistics, Danyelle made a name for herself by managing stressful situations and “getting the job done” – a skill which translated well to her role as a mother raising three boys. She loved her God, her children, and her husband, and wanted to be remembered as a strong and hospitable soul.
Danyelle requested that family come together when the current context permits it, via a hog roast to celebrate her life – telling stories and discussing how she touched the lives of those around her. Invites will be sent at a later date this year.
Instead of flowers, Danyelle would have appreciated contributions in her memory to The American Cancer Society to fund research.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Danyelle’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Robert (RJ) Gill on April 22, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Danyelle, know that I will always love you and miss you terribly. Thankful I was able to see you one last time. You touched so many lives!

    My heart goes out to you, Keith, Ash, Cam and Mike… know that I’m a phone call away for anything.

  2. Debra and Steve Van Voorst on April 22, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Our hearts are full of sadness for the family, including John ,Karen, Jake, Josh and Michelle Van Voorst, at this painful time of sorrow. Sending love from Steve (Uncle) and Debra (Aunt).

  3. Melissa Herendeen on April 22, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Michael, Cameron, and Ashton. I’m so broken for you guys! Your momma was amazing. I witnessed first hand the love she had for you boys. Her humor, wisdom and loving heart will leave a void that is irreplaceable. She touched so many people and her life was so meaningful to so many. I am blessed to have known her. Sending tons of love your way. ❤️❤️
    Love, Melissa (Phred) Herendeen

  4. Nancy on April 22, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Sending love to all you boys your momma was a special person who will be greatly missed 💔 Sam and Nancy Collins ( Family )

  5. Jeff and Lisa Shively on April 22, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Lifting the whole family up in prayer.

  6. Romy Reich-DeSanto on April 22, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    You were an amazing force, you fought until the bitter end. I love you and will miss you so very much!

    My heart is with you Keith, Michael, Cameron-Stephanie and Ashton.

    She gave so much love to us all.

    Love- Romy & Chris

  7. Rachael Brown-Pierson on April 22, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    I was best friends with Danyelle in elementary school and we did EVERYTHING together. We lost touch as adults, and it’s been so long, I don’t even remember why, but I will never forget what a wonderdul and fun person she was to be around! Sending thougts of joy and peace to her family. <3

  8. Raud & Lynn Estep on April 23, 2020 at 10:35 am

    Your memory will always leave a bright spot in my mind – your beautiful smile, your infectious laugh and the love for your boys that always shown from your eyes. You were always happy and feeling blessed. May you walk with the angels now – free from pain always.

  9. Jim and Brenda Kessie on April 23, 2020 at 11:49 am

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. This is Jim and Brenda Kessie. Linda is our first cousin. We have always lived in Washington state so we did not get to see the Indiana family much buy but I do remember meeting DD when she was quite young. God bless you all.

  10. Debi DeWitt on April 23, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    I am praying for the family you left behind. I cherish the time I spent with you. You always had a smile! You will be truly missed. So glad I shot that wedding with you. Thankful you at rest in the arms of our savior 💜

  11. Stacy klosowski on April 23, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    I am so torn apart my friend. I met you when you were so young. I believe that was 1990. I remember all the fun ,talks, laughs,and walks. You were a breath of fresh air. Girl you left a mark on earth that no one will ever forget. Love you sweet girl.

  12. Aimee Noragon on April 23, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Michael, Cameron and Ashton. I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am. Your mom will always be a beautiful soul remembered with love and inspiration. Miss you! Prayers always! Love; Mark, Aimee, Tyler, Baley and Ryce

  13. Tammy Yates (family) on April 24, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Were to begin your momma was such a sweetheart, very special lady. Always smiling , God got one of his Angel’s back😞Hugs to all her family. Loved your mom

  14. Natalie Lewis on April 24, 2020 at 9:21 am

    No more pain or suffering and in the arms of your Jesus. I can’t imagine the beauty you are surrounded by now!! My heart just aches for your family, especially your boys. My prayers are with them for eternity. Love you, dear friend!

  15. Johnna Shepard on April 24, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    John & Linda, My heart goes out for both of you. I never meet your daughter but from every thing I have read and heard she sounded like a wonderful lady. You both and the rest of the family will be my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Lisa Coville on April 26, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Danyelle left a mark on our hearts that will forever be with us. Her genuine love and unbounded generosity were her trademark. What a blessing she was in our lives here on this earth, and we so look forward to seeing her again in Heaven one day.
    We are praying for you all: Keith, Michael, Cameron and Ashton, as you move through these next weeks and months holding on to each other.
    Sending our love,
    Lisa and Emma

  17. Vince @ Marty Meeker, D.D.’s cousin. on April 27, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    I have wonderful memories of “Dee Dee” as my husband and myself used to refer to Danielle.
    I feel bereft of a bright, wonderful spirit that brought much happiness and enjoyment to our lives.

    God bless Keith. We did not know you well, but you made D.D. happy, and that is SOMETHING
    to be assured about!

  18. Janie Ware on April 28, 2020 at 9:45 am

    You have touched so many lives, and mine was just one of them. You were a gentle soul and great friend. Always there to lend an ear. I miss you. I miss your laughter, your smile, and the ray of sunshine that followed you when you stepped in the room. Thank you. Thank you for being you and loving so unconditionally.

  19. Patty Reiff on April 28, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Danyelle was a terrific friend and such an inspiration to everyone, always taking care of everyone else first was her way. Her kind soul, loving heart and truck driver mouth was loved by all. We shared many laughs and many tears. Keith, Mike, Cam/Steph and Ash will be in my prayers as they find their way through the next months and years without you. You are missed my friend…

  20. Susan Bartell on April 29, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Keith, Mike, Cam/Steph and Ash my thoughts and prayers have beeb with you and will be in the days to come. Danyelle was such a pleasure to be around, fully animated, always caring and full of hope. I know that she Loved you all! She will be missed but remembered with a smile.

  21. Corey haynes on May 22, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Prayers to all the family, a special woman that could brightenen any room, she will truly be missed.

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