Mass of Christian burial for Mary Lou Borgialli, 89-year-old Buffalo resident who passed away Tuesday at the Johnson County Healthcare Center in Buffalo, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, April 15 at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Buffalo with the Rev. Pete Johnson as celebrant. A vigil service will be held and the Rosary recited at 5 p.m. Sunday from the catholic church. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Harness Funeral Home. Donations in Mary Lou’s memory may be made to the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church CCD Program in care of Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com.
Mary Lou Borgialli was born on Nov. 23, 1929, in Gillette to John and Mary Arno. She started school in Gillette and moved with her family to Parkman where she went to Parkman High School. She moved to Buffalo where she graduated from Johnson County High School with the class of 1948. After high school, she attended Chadron State College where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1952. She met the love of her life at Chadron State and was married on March 1, 1956, in Buffalo to Tom Borgialli. Tom and Mary Lou made their home in Newcastle where she taught first grade for five years. In June 1957, they moved to Buffalo and bought a ranch on Clear Creek. They lived, worked and raised seven children in Johnson County. Tom passed away in March 2014, and Mary Lou continued living on the ranch until her death.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Catholic Women’s Club and the Clear Creek Homemaker’s Club. She was an avid gardener and assisted in the open class food competition during the Johnson County Fair for years. Mary Lou loved to dance, and she and Tom belonged to the 49’ers and Square Dance Club. She enjoyed ranch life, but her passion was her family and following their activities.
She is survived by five sons, Dan Borgialli of Buffalo, Craig Borgialli and his wife Ann of Brooksville, Florida, James Borgialli and his wife Jean of Buffalo, John Borgialli and his wife Tracy of Missoula, Montana, and Dave Borgialli and his wife Rachel of Sheridan; two daughters, Jane Carr and her husband Fred of Kaycee, and Shirley Bauer and her husband Barry of Clearmont; one sister-in-law, Shirley Arno of Buffalo; 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two brothers, Jim and John Arno.