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Services for Ruth A. Borchert, a former teacher, were held today in Paul A. Kloc Blossom Chapels, West Seneca. Burial was in St. Paul's Cemetery, West Seneca.

Mrs. Borchert died Friday (Oct. 12, 2001) in Mercy Hospital after a long illness. She was 91.

Born Ruth Schraft in Buffalo, she advanced quickly through grammar school because of her reading ability and graduated from the Buffalo school system. In 1930, she graduated from Buffalo State College with a bachelor's degree in education at age 20.

She worked at several schools during her early career, teaching some students close to her age.

In 1934, she married Curtis Borchert. They were married for 63 years until his death in 1997.

After raising a family, Mrs. Borchert, well-known for her good penmanship and grammar, returned to teaching in 1958 as a fourth-grade teacher at Winchester Elementary School in West Seneca. She retired in 1968.

After retirement, she spent the winters in Bonita Springs, Fla., with her husband. They were ballroom dancers and enjoyed gardening.

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Elma, where she was a member of the Altar Guild. She also maintained a lifelong friendship with about a dozen college classmates, calling themselves "The Bridge Club."

Mrs. Borchert is survived by two daughters, Barbara Gilliam of Silver Springs, Md., and Mary Lou Boll of Arcade; a son, Robert of West Seneca; a sister, Jean Cassidy of Covington, Ky.; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


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