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Catherine Ruth Boruck

February 5th, 1924 - June 15th, 2019

Catherine Ruth Boruck passed away in her home on June 15, 2019, at the age of 95. She was born on February 5, 1924 in Burnaby, British Columbia, the second of four children born to her parents Leonard and Jennie Love. She was married to her husband, Fred Boruck, for 55 years until his passing in 1998. Ruth and Fred grew up in the same neighborhood as kids, and Fred was a close friend of Ruth’s older brother Bob. Ruth often spoke of childhood summers spent outside swimming in lakes, throwing dances with her friends, and her school days. World War II began when Ruth was just 15 years old, and she graduated high school at the age of 16. When the boys went away to war, Fred and Bob were among them. As a soldier, Fred asked Ruth to marry him, and they were married on June 26, 1943, when Fred was home on leave. (Bob went AWOL to be the best man at the wedding and ended up in jail for it!) Ruth had hopes of becoming a nurse, but when she married, she became ineligible for the training, so she took work at the customs house instead, renting a room from her parents during the war to help them out. Fred returned from the war in 1945. In September of 1949, Fred moved to Portland to join a food brokerage. Ruth followed via train in January of 1950. Ruth gave birth to her three sons in Portland, managing her home and maintaining a rich social life. She made many lifelong friends and was involved at their church, Gethsemane Lutheran. Throughout her life, Ruth also gave her time and energy to causes she cared about: she founded the Oregon Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, joined an oversight committee for nursing homes and senior care, and was an activist for the Highway 26 Eastside extension. Ruth and Fred often opened their home to people who needed a soft place to land, sharing their house and faith with each one, counting them all as friends. They loved encouraging people to be the best they could be and to dream big dreams. As their boys grew older, Fred and Ruth enjoyed visiting family and spending time working at places like the Christian Renewal Center in Silverton. They were always in pursuit of a project, which eventually led them to Northwest Medical Teams where they worked in procurement, helping obtain supplies and resources to send as emergency aid. Ruth was a self -proclaimed “Pushy Old Broad” and wasn’t ashamed of it. In 2005, she worked to coordinate material going to Biloxi, MS after Hurricane Katrina. Later, when Ruth learned the realities of human trafficking, she joined in the efforts of Compassion First, an organization that operates homes in Indonesia that offer healing and restoration for victims of child sex trafficking. The first home built there was named Ruth’s House in her honor, and the ministry is still growing today.e her time and energy to causes she cared about: she founded the Oregon Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, joined an oversight committee for nursing homes and senior care, and was an activist for the Highway 26 Eastside extension. Ruth and Fred often opened their home to people who needed a soft place to land, sharing their house and faith with each one, counting them all as friends. They loved encouraging people to be the best they could be and to dream big dreams. Throughout her life, Ruth loved art and enjoyed taking on creative projects. Even in her final months, she found ways to combine her creativity and her desire to help people by knitting blankets for women and children who needed extra love and attention. She was preceded in death by her husband Fred and her two brothers, Robert Love and Gordon Love. She is survived by her sister, Alice Buckle, and her three sons, Carl Boruck, Alan Boruck, and Paul Boruck. She is also survived by four granddaughters, Amy Soltys, Nicole Clements, Laurel Boruck, and Aubrey Boruck-Fried, as well as five great-grandchildren, Clara, Lillian, and Henry Soltys, and Molly and Paige Clements. A service will be held at Colossae Church in Tigard (12244 SW Garden Place, Tigard, OR 97223) on July 20, 2019, at 2pm.

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Louise Krause

The love Auntie Ruth should me and my brothers and sister after our mom died will never be forgotten! I never knew she wanted to be a nurse but now understand her enthusiasm and support as I became a nurse many years ago. You changed our lives forever and can’t wait to see you again in heaven! We are sad you are gone but great is your reward in heaven! In the blink of an eye we will rejoice together! All our love!

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John Armstrong

My wife’s Aunt Ruth was the “ gold standard” of what we should all strive to be, truly being “ ever mindful of the needs of others”. She’s in the hearts of many and will be for years to come as she had spread her goodness to both young and old. She would be proud for us to follow in her footsteps.

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Sue FitzGerald

I was Ruth's hairdresser for several years at Great Clips. She and I kept in touch for several years after I moved to CA. She was fun to talk to and very encouraging. I loved her. I just learned of her passing. She is still happy, of that I'm sure. God Bless.

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David & Shirley

Auntie Ruth was a very special lady and we were blessed to have an aunt like her. A lot of great memories with Uncle Fred and Auntie Ruth.

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Jerry and Elizabeth Seeberger

Ruth loved the color purple and often reflected the definition “evokes quiet power or light-hearted frivolity. A soldier’s reward, good judgement, of one seeking spiritual fulfillment. It symbolizes magic and mystery as well as royalty. Most children love the color purple and most people loved Ruth. We think she lived exactly the color purple and cherish the deep conversations, great fun, and exploring beyond the norm what is to be done to help others. We will miss you Ruth but will see you soon in heaven.

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Linda Cook

How we loved this wonderful woman! Terry and I considered her our spiritual mom, and loved every chance we had to be with her. I know she will hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant" when she meets Jesus face to face. I will miss her, but am so glad she is home with Fred and her Lord.

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Terry Cook

What a wonderful woman! Ruth and Fred "adopted" Linda and I shortly after our move to Portland before getting married in 1972. We loved her then, love her still today and will love her yet more when we reconnect in heaven. She will be missed on earth but her graduation to paradise with Christ is well received. We are blessed to have know her here.

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Judy Nelson

Auntie Ruth is happy now and at peace now in Heaven and with Uncle Fred. I'm in hospital now so can't come to her service. Alan has been corresponding with me for a few years and sent me 2 afghans from Auntie Ruth. Remember her when I'm rocking on my front porch with my afghan. Loved her sense of Humour.

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Joe and Roxanne Krause

This space could not contain all the wonderful memories we have of Auntie Ruth....thanking God for the opportunity to know her for the past 69 years

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Staff at Autumn Funerals, Cremation & Burial

Our sincere condolences.

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