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Ruth Magdalene Bornak, 95, of Lake City, passed away June 29, 2017 with her family by her side. Ruth was born July 6, 1921 to the late Daniel and Anna (Keller) Krieg in Detroit.
She lived in the Detroit area for all her childhood years, graduating from Lincoln High School in Ferndale in 1939.
On Sept. 20, 1941 she married Arthur Bornak in Pontiac, Michigan.
Ruth spent many years as a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone prior to transferring to an administrative assistant position for Reichhold Chemicals Inc., from where she retired.
After vacationing for many years on Lake Missaukee with family, Ruth and Arthur permanently moved to Lake City after retirement. She never lost sight of her beloved Detroit Tigers and still faithfully cheered them on into her final days.
Ruth loved to cook, and she was always trying new recipes. Her chicken paprika and Hungarian cabbage rolls were family favorites. In retirement she took up stained glass as a hobby and created some beautiful art work.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at Munson's Heart Failure Clinic for the wonderful care that Ruth received.
Ruth is survived and missed dearly by her daughter, Martha (Paul Tata) Bornak; and her close friends, Sue, Cully and Marie. She will also be missed by Lulu, her cat.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; her son, Alan; and her brother, Daniel.
Per Ruth's wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will be having a private celebration at a later date.
Those wishing to send an expression of sympathy may do so to the Missaukee Humane Society, 5310 W. Houghton Lake Road, Lake City, MI 49651.
Please share your condolences with the family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on July 6, 2017
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