Herman Boruta II

August 20, 1948 ~ April 26, 2017

BORUTA - Herman Joseph Boruta, II, age 68 passed away Thursday April 27, 2017. Herman Joseph Boruta, II, died after a short illness with pancreatic cancer. He was an employee of CSX and its predecessor railroads for 45 years. Herm was Local Chairman for 36 years. Herm leaves behind his loving wife, Jeanne Boruta; his children, Matt Boruta, Michelle and Mike Flaviani, Molly and Glenn Rawlins, Beth and Eric Arce; his grandchildren, Jake, Nate, Luke, Amelia, and Avonlea; his brothers and sisters, Katie and Stan Spetoskey, Mike and Mary Boruta, Matt and Cinda (Gibson) Boruta, Kris VanderVeen, Jane and Chris Steffes, Ellen and Danny Williams, Julie and Mike Mervau; Mother-in-law, Dorothy Dulude; In-laws, David and Marie Dulude, Mary Dulude, preceded in death by Thomas Dulude; also surviving are many nieces and nephews. He had a love for nature, especially Lake Michigan and its sand dunes. Herm shared his extensive knowledge of history, politics, and geography with his kids and grandkids. He always put others first, judged no one, and treated all with respect. Please do not send flowers as none could match the beauty of his garden that he shared with many. His family would like to say a special thanks to Hospice of Michigan and would like to request that contributions be made to the Consolata Sisters. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11:00 AM Tuesday May 2, 2017 at Assumption BVM church, 6369 Belmont Ave. His family will greet relatives and friends from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Monday May 1, 2017 at Stegenga Funeral Chapel - Belmont, 1601 Post Drive NE and one hour prior to the service at church. Prayers of the rosary will be recited at 7:30 PM Monday evening at the funeral home. To share a photo, memory and sign the family’s online guestbook please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Herman Boruta II please visit our Sympathy Store.


MAY 1. 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)

Stegenga Funeral Chapel - Belmont

1601 Post Dr. NE

Belmont, MI, 49306

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MAY 1. 7:30 PM (EDT)

Stegenga Funeral Chapel - Belmont

1601 Post Dr. NE

Belmont, MI, 49306

[email protected]



MAY 2. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)

Assumption Catholic Church

6369 Belmont Ave NE

MI, 49306

Mass of Christian Burial

MAY 2. 11:00 AM (EDT)

Assumption Catholic Church

6369 Belmont NE

Belmont, MI, 49306

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May 01, 2017 8:00pm

He was my friend in CCHS high school, AQ college and in out neighborhood in Belmont! Herm took over our lawn fertilizing, and he killed weeds, trimmed trees, laid down mulch and planted shrubs. Those sessions create this precious memory… he would sit in a lawn chair in the garage with Mike Cherrette to enjoy some liquid refreshment and discuss world problems…Herm did most of the talking usually. He and Mike never dreamed that their lives would both be tragically cut down with little warming by pancreatic cancer in 2012 and 2017! My heart is heavy with this loss today. And yet with this sadness I smile at my memories of Herm.

- Linda Cherrette

April 30, 2017 8:00pm

No man has ever been a finer neighbor, friend and caring being. He and Jeanne have been our across the street neighbors for thirty-two years. They have been such a part of our lives that it will be impossible to not see him working in the yard in one way or another. He was always there to help and offer his expertise on lawns, trees and flowers. We owe so much to Herm for our garden due to the many varieties of bulbs he gave to us. He and Jerry spent many hours talking about railroads and politics..two men with like minds. Herm kept up on whatever was happening in our township and could answer just about any question one would have. He was always looking after others. He has left behind a wonderful loving family. May we be there for them as much as they have been there for us.  Jerry and Terry Davis

- Jerry & Terry Davis

April 29, 2017 8:00pm

To the entire family, my sincerest condolences on the passing of Herm. While he did work for CSX and myself CP Rail, we were all a close knit team and I will never forget the professional closeness we shared for several years. Herm was the ultimate professional in all my dealings with him and it saddens me greatly to hear this news. Herm my friend, look down on all of us from time to time, and if we need guidance, give it to us. Rest In Peace , your friend always, Brooke Ruskin

- Brooke Ruskin

April 29, 2017 8:00pm

I will always remember meeting Herm for the first time. I wasn't sure at first what to expect; him being a union representative and myself in management and from a different railroad.Well he sure did not take long to make an impression on me. What a gentleman,he sure made an impression on me. Herm was a true railroader,he love the business, the trains and his fellow employees.His dedication and cooperation in keeping the trains running was exceptional.His dedication was exemplified when he took the time to drive from Grand Rapids to Toronto Canada,making sure we had the information we needed to keep the 500 series trains operational over the CSX Railway.  Herm is at peace now, he may be gone, however never forgotten, his memory lives on.  To the Boruta family my deepest sympathies.  Richard Bell

- Richard Bell

April 28, 2017 8:00pm

Herm was by far my favorite customer, while working at Silver Bullet. We had the best conversations about our lives: He, about the railroad and his family….Jeanne w/ long hair, long ago and taking "vacations" (staying at home while kids were w/ sitters)....his kids, all around my age and of COURSE his grand kids, with their sand in the basement and of the railroad he bought them. He enjoyed hearing about my life w/ traveling and motorcycle riding….but wishing to be a mother and wife. I was lucky to have him and Jeanne (finally) attend my wedding and meet one of our children. We always traded cards for the holidays and had phone calls a few times a year. He said in every conversation: "Well, you wanted to be a mom and wife, and you got it. I'm so glad you got what you wanted." He was like an "Uncle" to me and I will miss our friendship dearly. Love and hugs to all his family. I know more than anything, he wanted to stay with you forever. You were the twinkle of his eye.

- Ambrosia Stiegman

April 28, 2017 8:00pm

Eulogy for a Friend So many moments we take for granted, because we assume there will be so many more. They say don’t assume because tomorrow is never promised. We know this is too true when a dear friend is suddenly taken. May choirs of angels escort you into paradise, dear Hermie. We rejoice your suffering wasn’t prolonged but we miss you already and imagine our world as less without you. You, Hermie: Faithful husband, dedicated father, doting grandfather, stalwart friend, devout believer, passionate advocate of the working man, creative gardener, tireless caregiver to the elderly, generous cook, and so much more. Through a lens of loss, we view our many memories. It breaks us to realize no more memories will be made and causes our tears to flow like water. It’s hard to get our hearts and heads around a future without you, dear friend. Softly, gratefully we cradle the gift of friendship that was, and lament.Lament.Lament.-Emma Darling

- Emma a Darling

April 28, 2017 8:00pm

Jeanne - I will always remember Herm as a fantastic person, a great friend and a relentless union officer. While I will surely miss him, his legacy will live on through his many accomplishments and the kind consideration he gave to everyone around him. Herm you and the entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers. - John Lesniewski

- John Lesniewski

April 28, 2017 8:00pm


- Judith Pickard Cole

April 27, 2017 8:00pm

Herm was such an influence and endless source of wisdom, especially Railroad Wisdom, for so many, for so long. He never gave up the good fight for honest, fair and ethical treatment of all those around him. This marks the end of an era of sorts, but a part of Herm's genius was to pick and train and nurture his successor, so that all those battles would continue and continue to be won. He did like to win! JRF will carry on the legacy of Herm for decades to come. Well done Herm, and thank you.  You are missed,  Don and AJ Silseth Prescott, AZ

- Don Silseth

April 27, 2017 8:00pm

Uncle Pug you lit up the our lives and the whole world with your infectious smile and your laugh. Your eyes always so bright and full of life! Always and forever putting everyone before yourself. Thank you for all the wonderful memories you leave us all with. You have made such an imprint on this world and it will be forever remembered! One of your many loving niece's, Sarah M

- Sarah Moomey

April 27, 2017 8:00pm

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