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Harold Borlik

Harold Edward Borlik

Monday, November 4th, 1935 - Saturday, June 13th, 2020
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Obituary

Harold E. Borlik, 84, of St. Joseph died peacefully at his home surrounded by family on June 13, 2020.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services. Mass of
Christian Burial will be held at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 220 Church Street, St. Joseph, at 1 PM on
Thursday, June 18, with Father Arul presiding. Friends may visit with the family at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, from 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM then process to the church for the Mass. Inurnment will follow the service at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph with Military Rites provided by North Berrien Military Rites Team. The Mass and graveside service will be recorded and placed on the funeral home website following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Twin City Area Catholic School Fund. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Harold was born on November 4, 1935 in St. Joseph, the youngest of six children born to John P. and
Nellie Augusta (Herman) Borlik. He graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School in 1953, after which
he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving his country until honorably discharged in 1956. He
attended Benton Harbor Junior College and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Aquinas College. For
the next fourteen years he was employed by Berrien Securities, Inc. in Benton Harbor, followed by
twenty-five years of employment at Inter-City Bank/Chemical Bank, retiring as Vice-President/Trust
Investment Officer in 1999. On August 20, 1960, Harold was united in marriage to Ruth Marie Diederich
at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Harold enjoyed being a part of this community and volunteered his time
to the Twin-City Area Catholic School Fund Board of Trustees, Lake Michigan Catholic Schools Board of
Education, K D SA, Lions Club of Benton Harbor-Fairplain, North Lincoln Baseball Association, Birthright of St. Joseph, Inc. & Berrien Community Foundation.

Each winter, Harold and Ruth spent time in Clearwater Beach, FL, where they enjoyed the warm
weather and time with family and friends. Even in retirement, Harold kept busy with his investment
clubs, lunches with former colleagues, and breakfasts with his ROMEO group. What brought Harold the
most joy was spending time with his family. Whether it was cheering on his children and grandchildren
from the bleachers during sporting events or holiday gatherings with everyone in attendance, just being
together gave Harold the most joy and biggest smile because “nothing was too good for his family”.

Harold is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Ruth; children, Mary Beth Carter, Laura Broccolo,
Ann Marie Goodell, John (Barbara) Borlik and Jane Borlik; grandchildren, Matthew and Lauren Goodell
and Jack and Luke Borlik; sisters, Ruth Ann Wagstaff and Mary Sanders; and sister-in- law, Dortha Borlik.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Raymond Borlik; sisters, Dorothy (Thomas)
McGrath and Rose (Charles) Lysaght; brothers-in-law, Heber Wagstaff and Gerald Sanders; and
son-in-law, Michael E. Carter.




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  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 18th, 2020 | 10:30am - 12:30pm
    When
    Thursday, June 18th, 2020 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Location
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    Address
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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  • Service

    Thursday, June 18th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Thursday, June 18th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    St. Joseph Catholic Church - St. Joseph
    Address
    211 Church St.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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  • Interment

    Location
    Riverview Cemetery
    Address
    2925 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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3 trees have been planted in memory of Harold Edward Borlik
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Vamce A. Fisher

Posted at 07:04am
Harold was a colleague and friend. He will be missed by many, certainly by me.
SW

Sheran Wallis

Posted at 05:41pm
To Ruth and Family
From Sheri Wallis

DEATH IS NOTHING AT ALL
by Henry Scott-Holland

Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.

Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am and you are you, and the old life that we
lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.

Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that
we enjoyed together.

Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without any effort, without the
ghost of a shadow upon it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?

Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very
near, just around the corner.
All is well.

Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!
RJ

Rosalie Jprdan

Posted at 10:49am
Ruth and families;

My sincerest condolences and thoughts are with you at this time.

I enjoyed Harold's company and time during the Fairplain Lions events. His singing voice will be missed!

Peace.

Rosalie Jordan
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Jane

Posted at 12:35pm
Happy Father's Day!! I miss and love you Dad.
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Luann Leto

Posted at 10:37am
Oh Dear Harold, You were the kindest most gently neighbor a little girl could ask for. I have the fondest memories living next door to you and your wonderful family. Rest In Peace my dear friend! 🙏🏻 Luann Leto
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