Thaddeus Borowitz

Borowitz, Thaddeus John

Thaddeus John Borowitz, "Ted", was called to his heavenly home on the evening of January 15, 2013. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Nona Lee (Paige) Borowitz, his son, Donald, his brothers, Victor and Joseph, his sister, Selma LaCount, and his parents, Anton and Dorothy Borowicz.

Ted was born at home in Green Bay on May 13, 1917, weighing a mere two pounds. He was so tiny that his mom kept him tucked in a small cigar box near the kitchen stove for warmth.

Ted served in the U.S. Army during WWII out of Fort Gordon, Georgia. Upon his return to Green Bay, along with his brothers, he played an integral part in the early commercial fishing industry in the Town of Suamico where he met the love of his life, Nona Paige. They married on September 27, 1947, and had nine children. Ted retired from Fort Howard Paper Co. in 1978, after 28 years of employment.

Ted was extremely resourceful, creative and bright. He became an expert at many endeavors he would embark on throughout his life. One could literally say he wore many hats. He would put in a full day's work at Fort Howard Paper and then after work would put in another full day at home. Ted was an extremely talented man and master of many skills; architect, homebuilder, forester, gardener, beekeeper, engineer, electrician, plumber, draftsman, and artist. He was also an accomplished gemologist and rock hound, designer and sawmill operator and a popple wood whistle carver. He was a quiet leader, faithful son, brave and steady husband and the world's greatest dad!

Ted had a strong inner faith that helped him to face adversity simply by taking one day at time. He often said, "That's something to think about." His amazing resilience served as a great example to everyone that knew him.

Ted and Nona travelled extensively throughout the western U.S. to visit his children while collecting rocks and minerals. He was a member of the Neville Public Museum Geology Club for many years and had working demonstrations at their yearly rock and gem shows.

Ted had friends from all walks of life including many whose names he never knew - but they knew him. He had a dry sense of humor that stayed with him his entire lifetime.

This quote was revealed recently when a well-used desk was dusted and repurposed:

"Happiness is not a matter of good fortune or worldly possessions. It's a mental attitude. It comes from appreciating what we have, instead of being miserable about what we don't have. It's so simple - yet so hard for the human mind to comprehend."

Life well lived, Dad. Our hearts are aching for you, but your legacy will live to inspire many. As only Dad would say, "Whoop- dee-doo!"

He is survived by sons, James (Susie) Borowicz, Elk City, ID; Richard Borowitz (fiancé, Brook Knutson), Stevens Point, WI; David (Ofelia) Borowitz, McAllen, TX; Tim Borowitz (special friend, Andrea Krueger), Pulaski, WI; daughters, Linda (Peter) Bohun, Green Bay, WI; Connie Gleason, Green Bay, WI; Patricia Case, Linwood, KS; Ellen Borowitz (fiancé, John Nowak), Green Bay, WI; grandchildren, Leslie French, Kristy Bohun Leurquin, Ginny Lyke, Jill Mann, Katie Cox, Molly Coyne, Ted Borowitz, Kevin, Megan and Ryan Case, Taylor and Matthew Gleason, and Alisha and Tim Borowitz. He is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren including his special little Marlee. Further, he is survived by sisters Genevieve Chambers, Marion Vandersteen,

and Mildred Berg.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, January 19, 2013. To send online condolences, please go to

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

The family of Ted Borowitz would like especially thank the staff of Tender Hearts Assisted Living and Unity Hospice for their loving kindness, Dr. John Rank, Kim Coffrin and the many friends and neighbors that have touched his and our lives.

Funeral Home

Blaney Funeral Home
1521 Shawano Ave. Green Bay, WI 54303

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, 2013