THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
William "Bill" Borkowski,
William "Bill" Borkowski, 80, of Pound, well-known local plumber, passed away May 16, 2017 at home after a lengthy illness.
Born July 6, 1936 to Gladys (Graetz) and Albert Borkowski, he attended local schools and graduated from Coleman High School in 1954. He attended additional classes for several years obtaining Master Plumber, Soil Tester and Pump Installer licenses. He learned his trade at a young age, often skipping school to fix someone's faucet or work on a tractor.
The day after graduation, he began working at the former Woulf Motors in Pound and after eight years he started Borkowski Plumbing and Electric. When his health failed, he sold his business to Dama Plumbing of Crivitz and continued working for them.
A member of Coleman School Board for 21 years, he was an assistant Boy Scout Leader, member of the first Coleman Rescue Squad and was Usher, Trustee, Sunday School Superintendent and Treasurer at his Church.
He married the former Shirley Vander Bloomer on Oct. 2, 1954 at Section Eight Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; five children, Mike (Cindie), Gillett, Rick (Pam), Crown Point, In., Scott and Bruce (Bernadette), both of Coleman and Lynn (Keith) Shallow of Suring; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Eunice Gross, Pound and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ron (Karyn) Vander Bloomer, Lawton, Mi. and Ken (Sonia) Vander Bloomer, Tucson, Az.
Besides his parents and in-laws, he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Phyllis; a brother-in-law, Leo Gross and a great-grandson, Brady.
The family greeted relatives and friends at Rhodes Charapata Funeral in Coleman on Friday, May 19 from 2 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 6 p.m., with Pastor Brian Hasse officiating. Pallbearers were Mike, Rick, Scott and Bruce Borkowski, Keith Shallow and Bryan Holtger. Burial was in First Baptist Cemetery in Pound.