Felicia Josephne Borkowski
BORKOWSKI, Felicia Josephine, 99, passed away October 11, 2013 at Life Care Center of Banner Elk, Banner Elk, NC. Before moving to North Carolina she was a longtime resident of Steubenville, OH.
Felicia was the daughter of the late Felix and Valeria Bialkowski Pawlowski. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Francis T. “Frank” Borkowski; her brothers, Felix “St’s” Pawlowski, Wenceslaus “Whitey” Pawlowski, Julian “Fats” Pawlowski, and Joseph Pawlowski; and by her nieces Valerie Pawlowski Rutherford and Deborah Pawlowski Swno.
She is survived by her son, Francis T. Borkowski Jr., and daughter-in-law Kay Kaiser Borkowski of Valle Crucis, NC; grand children, Stanley Borkowski and his wife, Inga of Columbia, SC, Anne- Marie (Borkowski) Scott and her husband, Robert of Baton Rouge, LA, Christian Borkowski and his wife, Karen of Winston- Salem, NC; and great- grandchildren, Molly Scott, Nora Scott, Ian Borkowski and Ryan Borkowski. Surviving nieces and nephews include, Patricia (Pawlowski) Evano of Weirton, WV, Richard Pawlowski of Depoe Bay, OR, Stanley Pawlowski of Long Beach, CA, Lynn (Pawlowski) Puckett of Barrington, RI, and Jo Anne (Pawlowski) Shortell of Hawaii; and great-niece, Suzanne (Evano) Hauck of Allentown, PA.
Felicia was born in Pittsburgh, PA on February 14, 1914. She grew up in Weirton, and attended Weir High School for two years before leaving school to work at Weirton Steel. She and Frank settled in Steubenville after they married and were active members of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. She also attended St. Peter’s Church in Steubenville, just steps from her home.
She worked in retail at J.C. Penney and other stores in downtown Steubenville; she also held secretarial positions at a family law office, at the American Automobile Association and at the Chancery office of the Diocese of Steubenville from which she retired.
A tireless volunteer and contributor, Felicia devoted many years of service to the Jefferson County chapter of the American Red Cross; in November 1995, she was commended on the floor of the Ohio House of Representatives for her service to that organization and in November 2000 she was presented with a 40-year pin. She was long active at the local chapter of the YWCA, serving on that board for 12 years. She was a member of the Catholic Woman’s Club at St. Stanislaus Church, a board member of the local chapter of the AARP, and in 1998 received a 10-year certificate from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of the Corporation for National Service. Felicia also served on Steubenville’s Dean Martin Committee, the Steubenville Bicentennial Commission and the Steubenville Murals Project. She regularly read to young children as part of Steubenville’s Head Start program, and also volunteered at the American Cancer Society. In 2003 she received the Community Stars Award from the Steubenville Herald-Star newspaper.
Raised in a Polish- speaking household, Felicia took care to safeguard Polish culture and traditions throughout her life. She spoke the language fluently, and served as a Polish-speaking court reporter and as interpreter for the Polish team at the Special Olympics in 1999. She was a 67-year member of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America and a member of the Polish National Alliance. Felicia was an expert at cooking traditional Polish dishes and shared her skill and appreciation with her family. A fervent believer in the value of education, she encouraged and supported her son and grandchildren in their educational endeavors and furthered her own education at every opportunity: she received her G.E.D. at age 53, acquired a business degree after that and attended numerous Elderhostel programs in retirement. She proudly received an honorary diploma from Steubenville High School in 1994. She loved to travel and made numerous pilgrimage trips to religious shrines in the U.S. and Canada. She also journeyed to Europe, to Egypt and several times to her beloved Poland. She met Pope John Paul II on three separate occasions. Felicia enjoyed living in and maintaining her home independently until well into her later years. As her health declined she frequently expressed her gratitude for the kind help she received from generous friends and neighbors, including Susan Thompson, Bill Alexander, Ruth Koran and Barb Wilinsky.
Visitation will be at the Mosti Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, 4435 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, on Friday from 3-7 p.m. A Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated, Saturday October 19th at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church in Steubenville followed by burial at St. Paul Cemetery in Weirton.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Felicia’s memory may be made to the Steubenville YWCA or to the Jefferson County chapter of the American Red Cross.