Ruth Carol (Unrath) Borchers

Ruth Carol Borchers, age 90, of Centennial, Colorado, passed away on December 20, 2023. She was born to Carl and Helen Unrath on August 6, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, the fifth of ten children. 

Ruth was married for 69 years to her husband, Norm, with whom she had 2 children, Cheryl (husband Randy) and Karen (husband Ron). She was blessed to watch her four grandchildren, Mandy (husband Nathan), Ashley (husband Kris), Daniel (wife Alina) and Nicole, grow to adulthood. She was especially happy to spend precious time with her great-grandchildren (Mandy and Nathan’s kids) Allie and Zeke, who brought her great joy.

Ruth grew up in the Lutheran church. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL. She held a variety of jobs, including working the drill press at a screw factory, swim instructor, secretary at Motorola, church secretary at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Niles, IL, and Shepherd of the Hills in Centennial, CO. She also worked as a PERA at Twain Elementary School and at the yearbook company Jostens.

Ruth never dreamed she would travel the world, but she had adventures and made friends all around the globe. Her favorite place in the whole world was Bellagio, Italy. A recent adventure was an African safari where she and Norm had some close encounters with the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.) Whether it was visiting family or friends in the USA or experiencing foreign cultures abroad, travel remained an important part of Ruth’s life for many decades.

In addition to traveling, Ruth enjoyed crocheting, gardening and sewing. Not only did she sew clothes and costumes for the family, but she also sewed projects to raise money for The Good Shepherd Home. Ruth was a member of the altar circle at Shepherd of the Hills and sewed altar paraments and baptismal cloths. She continually looked for ways to serve in the church. She especially enjoyed participating in Bible study groups throughout her life. She was a strong woman of faith, and that faith spilled over to everyone she encountered.

Ruth was a lady with a wonderful heart. She was dedicated to her family, friends and faith. She brought fun, laughter and guidance to many, whether they were friends, family, or friends of family. Her smile lit up the room and you could expect to feel like part of the family when you were around her. We rejoice in the sure knowledge that Ruth is at home with her heavenly family.

Memorials may be made to the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy at:

Ruth's funeral service will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at 7691 S University Blvd, Centennial, CO 80122 on January 12 at 10:30am in the Sanctuary. There will be a 11:30am luncheon reception to follow in the Parish Hall. 

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