November 26, 2013


Julie Ann Tigges, 54, of Minneapolis Minn., died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, after a three-year battle with cancer.

A memorial service and visitation will be from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Cremation Society at 7110 France Ave., South Minneapolis, Minn.

Julie was born April 23, 1959, to Leon and Ruth Ann (Nieland) Tigges. Julie grew up on a farm west of Maple River and graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School in 1977. She graduated from University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in 1982 and from University of Iowa Law School in 1985.

Her professional career included clerkships with two judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals and time with a law firm in Washington, D.C., and most recently was director of admissions at the University of Minnesota Law School. Julie worked part time at Needle Wood Unlimited in Minneapolis as web mistress. She learned to do knitting and needle point and won many ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair for her beautiful handwork. Julie was a bridge life master and played regularly at the Twin Cities Bridge Center and the Minneapolis Grand Slam Club.

Julie is survived by her husband Joe Bornong of Minneapolis; her twin children, son Zach of Marshall, Minn., and daughter Kyra of Northfield, Minn.; her parents Leon and Ruth Tigges of Carroll; her brothers Dr. Michael Tigges of Wichita, Kan., Dr. Russell Tigges of Rhinebeck, N.Y., and Douglas Tigges of Minneapolis; her nephew Sam Tigges and niece Rachel Tigges of Rhinebeck, N.Y.; uncles and aunts, Kathleen Simons of Carroll, Sister Mildred Tigges of LaCrosse, Wis., Eugene Nieland of Breda, Lois Cousseau of New York, Ethel Unger of Silverton, Ore., and Sister Ione Nieland of Carroll.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clem and Leona Tigges and Lawrence and Helen Nieland; aunts and uncles Delores Sullivan, Joan Pitner, Edwin Tigges and Larry Nieland.