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May 28, 1926 - February 13, 2020
Bernard J. Borowiec, 93, of Chicopee, died on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Vero Health Rehab of South Hadley. He was born in West Springfield on May 28, 1926. Bernard was the son of the late John and Anna (Turek) Borowiec. He attended West Springfield schools and was an Army veteran during the Korean War. He received the Korean Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, the United National Service Medals and the Rok Presidential Unit Citation. Bernard was a communicant of the Basilica of St. Stanislaus and a member of American Legion, Post 452. He was a retired tool and die maker at Rexnord Corp. Bernie loved gardening, especially tomatoes. He was proud of his Polish heritage and traditions. Bernie’s favorite tradition was acquiring a variety of Easter Kielbasas and sharing them with his family. His biggest passion was polka music and attending many polka festivals through the years. The best years of his life have been the past thirty plus years, when he became a Dziadziu. Bernie enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jane A. (Noga) Borowiec; two sons, Jeffrey Borowiec of Chicopee ad Gregory Borowiec and his wife, Joanne of Ludlow; one sister, Mabel Fredette of Enfield, CT; five grandchildren, Kyle, Brian, Kevin, Jacob and Katrina and nieces and nephews. Bernard is predeceased by his brother, Michael Borowiec and five sisters, Stella Telesmanick, Wanda Kagan, Helen Rostkowski, Ann Stadnicki and Bertha Szlachetka. Immediate family is invited to Bernie’s funeral on February 22, 2020 from the Cierpial Memorial Funeral Home on 61 Grape St. in Chicopee. Visitation will be on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 am. followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus, 566 Front St. at 11 am. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.