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Rosemary D. Borghoff

September 5, 1925March 25, 2020

Rosemary D. Borghoff, age 94, passed away too soon on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Mrs. Borghoff was born in Brooklyn, NY to Alexander and Dorothy Lawson on September 5, 1925. During her formative years, Rosemary was educated in Sag Harbor in Long Island, NY and enjoyed her high school years in Jersey City, NJ. After high school, Rosemary was hired at RCA in New York City. Her children loved to hear her stories of her adventures of working in Manhattan during WWII. In 1947 Rosemary married Ed Borghoff, and together they raised 5 children.

Rosemary had a very busy life with her children in River Vale, NJ, where they lived for 37 years. During this time Rosemary joined Ed’s family business, National Air Filter of NJ, where she began with small tasks that grew into a full time job. Rosemary became an integral part of the business where she functioned as Office Administrator until the happy couple decided to retire to Florida. Retirement was fantastic for them. They loved traveling to Europe, took lots of cruises, traveled many times to Hawaii, and all over the country. They always made time for their kids and grandkids by visiting them or hosting them. Rosemary was keen on family reunions. Her incredible zest for life, love and affection for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, made these reunions happen frequently. Rosemary happily resided at Waltonwood Cary Parkway, in Cary NC for the last 6 years. The care she received there was wonderful, and her love for life and passion for meeting new people continued. Up until her last day of life, Rosemary was excitedly planning her 95th birthday celebration with her family and friends.

Rosemary was predeceased by her loving husband of 64 years, Edwin Borghoff. Also preceded in death was her brother Al Lawson, sister Doris Lawson, and very special nephew, Dennis Granzen.

Rosemary is survived by son Don Borghoff (Kathy Borghoff) Washington Twp., NJ, and daughters Patty Borghoff (Rick Chang) The Villages, FL, Nancy Borghoff, Indian Harbour Beach, FL, Joanne Malouf (Abdallah Malouf) Raleigh, NC, and Susan Borghoff (Mike Perry) Cary, NC. She is adored by her 11 grandchildren and their spouses, Brian Borghoff (Andrea Borghoff), Kristin Cheeseman (Kevin Cheeseman), Jennifer Fitzgerald (Mike Fitzgerald), Joe Borghoff, Meredith Franco (Stephen Franco), Allyson Merlino, Michael Merlino, Raymond Malouf (Amy Malouf), Natalie Malouf, Tiana Hertenstein (Brian Hertenstein), and Maria Borghoff Perry (John Russell). Lovingly cherished are her great-grandchildren now and forever, Kevin Cheeseman, Gracie Franco, Jack Franco, Thomas Malouf, Abigail Malouf, Christopher Borghoff and Colin Fitzgerald. Rosemary also leaves many beloved nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends will be invited to attend a memorial service at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, NC, though the date is not determined as yet. This service for Rosemary will occur after the coronavirus pandemic allows and information will be updated with that date and time. Inurnment will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida where Rosemary will be laid to rest beside her loving husband, Edwin A. Borghoff, WWII Army Air Force.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to a charity of your choosing.


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Nancy Peterson

April 2, 2020

To all the Borghoff children and grandchildren and families. I am so sorry and sad over the loss of your mom. I know the love between all of you is so strong and I know it will carry you through these hard times. I loved your mom too. I always enjoyed being in her company. She made me laugh all the time and I will always hold a special place in my heart for her and all of you. God bless you. With love, Nan. (Your Nancy’s friend in Florida) xoxo

Becky Venture

March 30, 2020

Rosemary was truly an exceptional woman. She was strong, bright and dignified and she lit up every room she entered. I feel lucky to have known her. What stands out in my memory the strongest is her fun loving spirit and kindness. Sympathy and Prayers to the Borghoff family.

Donna Boyajian

March 29, 2020

I'm so sorry for the loss of Aunt Rosemary. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. I have so many wonderful memories of my Aunt Rosemary. I loved to go to the house in River Vale, because I knew I would see her and she was always so loving and kind and happy. That is how I will always remember her.
Sending our love and condolences to all,
Donna and Brian

Yvonne Crosby

March 28, 2020

Ms. Rosemary was such a wonderful woman I will miss her very much .As I do miss Mr. Ed and my cowboy movies my prayers are with all of you.

Love Yvonne

Nancy Borghoff

March 28, 2020

The love of my beautiful mother and her incredible zest for life will forever be in my heart. The strength and determination to live her best life was demonstrated to her family daily. Mom’s faith and love of God was reflected in her abundant love for her family and those around her. She spread joy and laughter, and loved our dad and us all with her whole being. Mom will be forever in my heart and of those who were fortunate to call her Mom, Grandy, Great Grandy, and Aunt, and friend. Mom was my best friend. She’s left us all with the gift of having her love and us having loved her. I will always remember your smile, laughter, and sense of humor. You’ve given me so much, my mommy...and I thank our Lord for giving you to us to love. I will forever miss you!

Shuvai Nzenza Vereen

March 28, 2020

May you Rest In Peace Ms Rosemary. The boss of your family per your great-grand child, Mama Bear, Rosie Posie, and all those names I used to call you as you passionately called me the princess. I’m the girl with cute little ears and when you called me Shuvai that meant something serious was going on and I had to pay attention. My condolences goes to you Don, Patty, Nancy, Joanne, Susan, the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and the rest of the family. What a wonderful human being she was! I am going to miss her dearly and will forever cherish the memories of her in my heart.