Edwards Funeral Home


Eugene Borengasser

June 29, 1945January 9, 2021

Eugene Borengasser of Fort Smith, Arkansas, passed from this life on January 9, 2021, in his home from a long battle with cancer. He was born on June 29, 1945, to John and Nancy (Williams) Borengasser.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Joan.

Eugene graduated from St. Anne’s Academy, attended Westark Jr. College and served two years in the United States Army. He worked for Whirlpool Corporation for 32 years.

Eugene is survived by his wife of 50 years Patricia (Toth); two daughters, Johanna Paladino (Joe) and Lisa Belue (Richie); one son, Stephen Borengasser and goddaughter, Renee Rotert (Brad); 11 grandchildren, Taylor and husband Ryan, Addison, Savannah, Hannah, Isaiah, Micah, Lydiah, Foster, Elsa, Jackson and Bryson; two great grandchildren, Hazel and Reid; three sisters, Nancy, Ginny and Judy; three brothers, John, Jim and Greg.

After Eugene’s retirement, he spent most of his time woodworking in his Man Cave. He enjoyed making items for the Immaculate Conception Ladies Auxiliary Bazaar. He was even made an honorary member of the auxiliary for all that he did for them.

Rosary will be 9:30 AM, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Mass will follow at 10 AM. Burial with full military honors will be 11 AM, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Fort Smith National Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Edwards Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Ladies Auxiliary, P.O. Box 1866, Fort Smith, AR. 72902.


  • Immaculate Conception Ladies Auxiliary


  • Rosary

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021


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Mike Smith

January 15, 2021

Gene was a good man and a friend to everyone. His devotion to church and school was at the top of his list along with his family. A great wood worker indeed. You could see that love in his work. I know the entire family will miss his smile and laugh. All of us will. Save a spot for us! Thanks for your friendship.

Christine Bond

January 13, 2021

I did not know Gene, but I work with his son Steve who is a wonderful guy. Gene and Pat raised a good man and I think that is a real testament to who Gene must have been as a person. Bless your family during this hard time, I am sending all my best.

Nancy Boerner

January 11, 2021

Harold and I are so sorry about Gene's passing. He was a great brother, great brother-in-law, and uncle to our children. Gene was always ready to help anyone and could absolutely do anything. We were all close growing up, except of course when we were in competition! Then the rules would change according to what we were playing. Gene loved to hunt and fish with his dad and brothers. I have many items that he made over the years. He had a talent for woodworking. I got to travel through 10 countries with him after his 2-year tour of duty in Germany. He was an excellent tour guide. We will all miss him!

Dorothy Caldarera

January 11, 2021

Gene was very valuable and generous for our Ladies Auxiliary. There wasn’t an item that he couldn’t replicate. We would show it to Pat and she would say “Gene can carve that “ And he did. Thank you , Gene. Rest in God’s peace🙏🙏

Leon Sparks

January 11, 2021

Gene was a great friend, classmate, and teammate at Saint Anne's. You could always count on him for help in any endeavor. Rest in peace my friend.

Greg Borengasser

January 11, 2021

Rest in Peace my dear brother. Thank you for all the lessons, laughter and love you've given me. Those can never be taken away.

Behave up there. I'm sure Mom has her celestial slippers handy.

May God Bless and wrap his loving arms around those you've left behind.

Your brother,

Lauren Bauer

January 11, 2021

A couple of Christmases ago at Midnight mass I saw Uncle Gene & he wanted us to sit with him & was wonderful & quite enjoyable. Then I remember seeing him at his 50th wedding anniversary parade (pic from anniversary) I will always love him & will always miss him. 1 day we will see each other again🕯️ R.I.P. 🖤 Love your Niece- Lauren

Mitzi Udouj Osborne

January 10, 2021

Was so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing.
He was a true gentleman and a great buddy from birth on up. Was nothing he wouldn’t do for you. We grew up together. That whole great family.
He was definitely one in a million.
My heart aches for you all.

Mike and Charlotte Weisenfels

January 10, 2021

PAT, So sorry to hear about Gene(Birnie). We sure had a lot of laughs when we were all together! He will truly be missed by many! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family,
Charlotte and Mike