CARY – Anne (Placko) Borucki of Cary was born into eternity Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, after a lengthy period of illness. She was surrounded by her beloved family, caregivers and friends. She was 75 years old.
Anne's life was marked by the miraculous hand of the Lord. Born three months premature on Oct. 14, 1937, to Stephen and Anna Placko of Chicago, she was the eldest of four children. She graduated from Carl Schurz High School and Roosevelt University, and even survived a gastrointestinal bleed in the course of her studies.
For many years, she celebrated her love of the English language as a legal and editorial proofreader with Commerce Clearing House. On July 8, 1961, she married her true love, Ronald Borucki, and was his devoted wife for the past 51 years. She happily retired from CCH with the birth of their daughters, Jeannette (Rubinson) and Lynda (Dunham), and had been a devoted wife and mother ever since.
In November 2006, Anne was diagnosed with stage 3b squamous cell lung cancer and successfully battled it in spite of the grim statistics associated with this disease. Although her cancer appeared to be in remission by summer 2010, she subsequently suffered a massive heart attack with 100 percent blockage on Christmas Day that year, which she miraculously survived. For the next 13 months, Anne would transition between numerous hospitals and rehabilitation facilities before being admitted to hospice in March with a multitude of heart and lung complications. Once again, God showed His favor by enabling Anne to survive well beyond medical expectations while enjoying the fellowship and love of her husband, their daughters and their grandchildren. She even was able to celebrate two important milestones: her 50th wedding anniversary in July 2011 and her 75th birthday in October.
Since December, her condition had been declining, but she still was able to be actively involved with her family, friends and caregivers until the Lord called her late in the evening of Jan. 18. True to form, Anne was talking, smiling and laughing almost until the very end. Though breathing was incredibly difficult in her final days, she peacefully passed into eternity as her family expressed their love and sang her favorite hymn, "Let There Be Peace on Earth." Anne's daughters fondly remember how she would start and end each day in prayer as they were growing up.
She also loved cooking, crocheting, reading, watching classic TV shows and spending time with family and friends. Anne loved vacationing in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., and she and Ron received a declaration from the city's mayor for their golden anniversary making them honorary citizens.
She had a brilliant mind and a sharp wit. Her lovely personality, even in face of severe illness, was an inspiration and endeared her to many.
She is survived by her beloved husband; daughters and sons-in-law Lynda (Matt) Dunham and Jeannette (Steve) Rubinson; 11 wonderful grandchildren, Eric, Kevin, Caitlyn, Scott, Alec, Quincey and Rachel Dunham of Eagan, Minn., Ensign David Rubinson of Norfolk, Va., and Kathryn, Daniel and Jonathan Rubinson of Racine, Wis.; siblings, Suzanne (Robert) Linning of Cary, Louisa Finnberg of Arlington Heights and Stephen Placko of Poplar Grove; sister-in-law, Jacqueline Paulsen of Richmond; and 13 nephews and nieces and their spouses and children.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, Frieda and Roman Borucki; brothers-in-law, Al Nardini and Frank Paulsen; and blessed babies and grandbabies who were born directly into eternity and who, we pray, are finally reunited and able to see her lovely face in the presence of the Lord.
The visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Kahle-Moore Funeral Home in Cary. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Interment will be in Windridge Cemetery in Cary.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Locks of Love, 234 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405-2701. For information, visit www.locksoflove.org.
The family would like to thank Anne's caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care in Cary, especially Dani and Pat; Drs. Herbert Reisel, Abas Amiry and Joseph Fojtik and their staffs; her beloved family on 2N at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital; Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois, especially Laura and Karen; Noreen Dosenbach; the Rev. Stephen St. Jules; Sister Margaret Mary OP; Suzanne and Robert Linning; and all those who have expressed their love and prayers during the course of her illness. May all those who love and mourn her find comfort in the words of Psalm 4:8, which her daughters shared with her prior to her passing: "I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety."
For information, call the funeral home at 847-639-3817.