Obituary of Mariana Borecki
Mariana Borecki, age 92, passed away peacefully on April 20th after a short illness. She was born on June 19, 1926 in Pilnikov, Czechoslovakia. In 1945 Mariana eloped with Dr. Peter Borecki and fled to Germany, escaping the Russian occupation during WW2.
Mariana’s life reads like a novel. In 1950 she arrived in New York and cried with happiness seeing the Statue of Liberty. After a short stay in Manhattan her husband Peter, a TB pulmonary specialist, accepted a chief of staff position at a TB clinic Chambersburg, Pa. One of Mariana’s fondest memories of in Pa was being able to buy a pair of red shoes, she said they made her feel like a million dollars! While in Pa Mariana worked for 2.5 years as ceramics instructor at a local rehab center until the birth of her only child Barbra.
Barbra was named after a character in a book that Mariana read in her teens. The character was a wonderful strong, honest and smart little girl. In real life Barbra grew up with all the traits of that character from the book and Mariana was so very proud of her.
After 2 years in Pa, Dr. Borecki accepted a position as a general practitioner outside of Troy, NY. Life was always an adventure for Mariana and as she was sad to leave her friends, she looked forward to going back to NY. Mariana knew no strangers and was a Spitfire!
As Dr. Borecki became more established, Mariana took on the role of an extraordinary fundraiser and volunteer and was a fixture on the newspaper’s society page. Mariana says she never work, however she worked tirelessly for the causes she supported. She was elected president of the Syracuse Symphony board, president of the Corinthian Club and president of the Medical auxiliary. She enjoyed her summers on Skaneateles lake and was an avid tennis player and skier. After retirement the Borecki’s moved to DelRay Beach, Fl where Mariana was awarded volunteer of the year at the Haven for Abused Children.
All her life Mariana was very active. Until last year she was working out three times per week and played in the weekly ladies Niners league at Indian Hills Country Club. Mariana love gardening and creating beautiful outdoor spaces. Her Syracuse home gardens were even showcased in the paper. Her love for bridge was well known and she played weekly. She hosted her last bridge party a mere 10 days before she passed.
Mariana would tell you her greatest accomplishment in her lifetime are those that survived her, including her daughter Barbra Fairbank and son-in law Trace Fairbank, her granddaughters Brooke Fairbank Spears and husband Michael Spears and Amie Briggs and her husband Jake Briggs, great granddaughters Katie and Molly Briggs and bonus great grandsons Jacob and Blake Spears.
To know her was to love her especially with her frankness, her stories and her love for people and life. She was a wonderful mother, friend and grandparent. Mariana will be missed by all who knew her.
Donations may be made to St. Jude’s in her behalf.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on her birthday June 19th, 2019 at the North Hampton Clubhouse off Shallowford Rd in Marietta, GA. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.loganfuneralhome.com. Logan Funeral Home Ellijay, GA in charge of the arrangements.