Mary 'Sharon' Borkovec

Mary “Sharon” Borkovec (nee O’Rourke), 83, of Westchester; Fennville, Michigan; and a former longtime resident of Riverside, died March 31, 2020.

Ms. Borkovec was born July 23, 1936 and graduated from Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and St. Mary College in Notre Dame, Indiana, where she earned her nursing degree. 

She was a housewife most of her life, raising her children and unconditionally supporting her surgeon husband. Ms. Borkovec was a devout Catholic, practicing her faith as a member of St. Basil Church in Michigan, St. John of the Cross in Western Springs and St. Mary Church, Riverside. 

Ms. Borkovec loved caring for her family, picking blueberries, family parties, quilting, gardening and attending her “Book Bag” book club. Her family and friends will forever remember her for her love of God, love of life, for always seeing the good in people and for watering down ketchup.

She was the wife of Kent F. Borkovec M.D. for 60 years (married on June 27, 1959); the mother of Mary Susan (Maury) Jones, Brian (Mary), John (Kathy), David (Moira) and Dan (Laura) Borkovec; the grandmother of 15; the great-grandmother of four; the sister of Terry (Maureen) O’Rourke; and the daughter of John M. and Genevieve (Peters) O’Rourke. 

Due to the COVID-19 virus, services will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment is at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Saugatuck-Douglas Public Library, 137 E. Center St., Douglas, Michigan, 49406 or the American Heart Association ( 

Arrangements were handled by the Original Kuratko Family, Brian D. Kuratko, director. 

The family encourages all to share their thoughts and condolences on Sharon’s obituary page which can be found at