OBITUARY

Mary M. Borra

June 2, 1959February 21, 2016
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Mary M. Borra, age 56, of Watkins Glen, NY formerly of Alpine passed away on Sunday, February 21st, 2016 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born in Montour Falls, NY on June 2nd, 1959, the daughter of the late Anthony and Connie (Jones) Borra. She worked for Cornell University for over 35 years where she worked in several student-facing organizations, human resources and alumni affairs and development. She will be remembered for her excellent work, her analytical mind, her depth of experience, her warmth, good nature, and positive attitude that she brought to work every day. Mary was a devoted caregiver to her aging family members. She was always a person you could count on. Mary enjoyed playing hockey, watching roller derby, playing cards, going to auctions and playing golf. She loved gardening, tending her flowers, and rescuing cats. Mary was also an active member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen.

Mary is survived by her siblings, Robert E. (Pam Coyle) Borra, James A. (Melissa Chipman) Borra, William A. Borra, Frank A. (Pat) Borra, Richard R. (Mary) Borra; very close and special niece, Toni (James) Monroe; her aunts, Mary P. Borra and Mary Randolph; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends and family may call from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, February 25th at the Haughey Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 26th at 10am at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Mary’s Memory to St Mary’s of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 25, 2016
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 26, 2016
REMEMBERING

Mary M. Borra

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Dina Maxwell

March 9, 2016

I just heard the news about Mary and am so sad. What a sweet and extremely intelligent woman she was! I'm glad I got to know her just a little bit through Cornell. All my best to her family and friends during this difficult time.

March 1, 2016

to the Borra family please accept my condolences on your loss. remember little Mary being full of life when Richard and I were childhood friends in Alpine.
Joe Chiacchiarini
Zion, IL.

Rick Synakowski

February 29, 2016

As a developer for Cornell Information Technologies, I had the pleasure working with many people on IT related projects over the years in both in Human Resources and Alumni Affairs. I especially enjoyed working with Mary. Talented and rock solid in her craft, she certainly made my job in IT Support easier. She possessed a command of her subject and was a clear-headed thinker. As a team player, she was always able and willing to help. And during stressful times - when working to resolve time sensitive production support issues - you could turn to Mary for her calm demeanor and subtle wit to help take the edge offmaking it all just a little bit brighter for everyone involved.
My deepest sympathies to the family,
Rick Synakowski
Cleveland, SC

Robert Jones

February 28, 2016

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this most difficult time. Mary was one of the nicest and most caring people I've ever known and I'm thankful to have a such a wonderful cousin. She will be surely missed.

Mike Davis

February 28, 2016

To Bob, Jim, Bill, Frank, Richard, and your children; l remember Mary being calm and sweet, a good contrast to her brothers. Sorry for her passing and missing the services.

Mike Davis

February 28, 2016

To Bob, Jim, Bill, Frank, Richard, and your children; l remember Mary being calm and sweet, a good contrast to her brothers. Sorry for her passing and missing the services.

February 28, 2016

To Bob, Jim, Bill, Frank, Richard, and your children; l remember Mary being calm and sweet, a good contrast to her brothers. Sorry for her passing and missing the services. Mike Davis.

Jan Avery

February 27, 2016

My heart is very heavy for all of the Borra family. I use to babysit Mary when she was 6 weeks old and the boys. I know life shouldn't be so short for such a caring and giving person she was. Hugs and prayers for healing.

Larry and Phyllis Teeter

February 27, 2016

Borra Family we are so sorry to hear about Mary and want you all to know we are thinking of you and will keep you in our prayers..

Robert Jones

February 26, 2016

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of our cousin Mary.

Robert Jones & Robin Summerhill