Boroughf, Elsie, Wheeler, Michigan


Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend Elsie Boroughf, age 101, answered the call from Christ on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 for her homecoming. Elsie was born on June 29, 1913, in Darcy, Saskatchewan, Canada to Edith (Bott) and Orin Federspiel, where her father Orin was homesteading. In 1922 Elsie came to Michigan after her fatherís death and her motherís marriage to Charles Krepps. Elsie became a US Citizen on September 18, 1970. In 1930 Elsie graduated from Breckenridge High School after attending for three years. Following high school graduation, she attended Western State Teacherís College in Kalamazoo and worked at the State Hospital to put herself through college. She graduated from college in three years with a teacherís certificate. She taught in the Gratiot County country schools where classes ranged from kindergarten through eighth grade at Oak Grove School, Allen School and Langport School. When the country schools closed, Elsie taught first grade at the Wheeler school through the Breckenridge school district, and finished her teaching career teaching second grade at the Merrill elementary school in 1973. Elsie married Harold Boroughf on July 3, 1937. Harold preceded Elsie in death on December 8, 1996. Elsie enjoyed life to its fullest. She was a member of the Breckenridge United Methodist Church, she loved her flower gardens in the spring, reading her Bible and having daily devotions, was a 4-H leader, enjoyed playing cards, bingo, bowling, spending time with family, reading, traveling, putting puzzles together, crocheting, and wintering in Florida where she enjoyed shuffle boarding. In 2003, at age of 90 Elsie brought home a Gold and a Bronze medal from the National Shuffleboard Championships held in Virginia. In 2006, Elsie wrote a book of memories of her life, which she presented to each one of her family members for Christmas that year. The memory book she put together will be an ongoing treasure and testament that will be cherished by family for many years. Family was her greatest pride. Elsie will be sadly missed by her loved ones. She is survived by her children Phyllis (James) Brown of Wheeler, Karen (Ronald) Gross of Merrill and Marilyn (Gary) Shaw of Ashley. 10 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, brothers John Federspiel and Harold Krepps, and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, Elsie was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Louis Federspiel, Ethel Knoertzer, Gerald Federspiel, Ellen French, and Mildred Collison. Funeral Services for Elsie will be held on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Breckenridge United Methodist Church with Pastor Paul Thomas officiating. Interment will follow in Ridgelawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Lux and Whiting Funeral Chapel in Breckenridge on Thursday, January 1, 2015 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Breckenridge United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel and the church the day of service. www.luxfuneralhomes.com