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Paul Boroski, 92

Paul Boroski, 92, of Lancaster, Minnesota died Sunday, April 24,
2011, at the Kittson Memorial Nursing Home, where he has been a
resident since September 2003.  Paul was born January 22, 1919 and
was raised in Caribou Township in Kittson County, Minnesota.  His
parents were Steve and Kathryn (Kushinski) Boroski.  He came from a
family of seven children which included four brothers, Anton, Victor,
Joe and Martin and two sisters, Ann and Helen.  He was baptized into
the Catholoic faith and attended the Holy Rosary Catholic Church
north of Lancaster.  He attended both the South Caribou School, and
later the South St. Joseph School.  He grew up in Caribou, near the
Roseau River, where his family farmed.  He spent most of his life
working on the family farm.  Since they lived so far from town,
school and church,  family and neighborhood  get-togethers were their
way of life.  What he enjoyed most was hunting, trapping and fishing.
He was a great story teller, of his experiences in the outdoors, and
loved to share stories of his boyhood memories of his life on the
farm.  Paul was drafted into the United States Army of May 4, 1942 at
the age of 23 and was sent to Fort Snelling, Minnesota.  He was
transferred to Camp Shelby, Missouri for basic training.  He served
in WWII from 1942 to 1945.  He was stationed in Italy as a Private
First Class, Fifth Army Infantry Intelligence, and 339th Infantry
Regiment of the 85th Cluster Division.  His duties were those of the
Army Intelligence Unit and focused mostly on his observation and
mapping skills.  He served on the “USS General Anderson” warship.
During his service he received one service strip, three overseas
service bars, an American Campaign Medal, a European-African-Middle
East ribbon with three Bronze Battle Stars and a Good Conduct Medal.
He was awarded a Bronze Star for heroic action in the line of duty.
He was discharged November 4, 1945 at Camp Grand, Illinois.  He loved
to share countless stories about his military career.  When he
returned from the war, he continued to farm with his brother, Martin,
here in Kittson County, south of Lancaster.  In 1969, Paul married
Helen (Potrament) Uscensky.  They bought a farm north of Lancaster,
where they continued to farm.  They spent many enjoyable days
fishing, loved to go dancing, and spending time with family and
friends.  They were married for 41 years.  
    He is survived by his wife, Helen; five step-children, Mary Ann
Schmiedeberg (friend, Bill Olsonoski), Lancaster, Kathy (Kenny)
Hunter, Lancaster, Judy Ness, Bismarck, ND, Bill (Marla) Uscensky,
Minot, ND and Steven (Heidi) Uscensky, Rhinelander, WI; 14
step-grandchildren; and 19 step-great grandchildren; a sister, Helen
(Lawrence) Potrament and two sisters-in-law, Helen (Victor) Boroski,
Minneapolis, MN and Caroline (Anton) Boroski, Grand Forks, ND and
nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Steve
and Kathryn; brothers, Anton, Victor, Joe and Martin; a sister, Ann
Satterlund; a step-son-in-law, Larry Schmiedeberg; and a
step-grandson, Kevin Hunter.  
    Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at
2:00 p.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, rural Lancaster.  Interment
will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery.  Rev. Bill DeCrans, presiding; Judy
Kukowski, organist, Galen Nordin, soloist; Kathy Hunter, lector; Ken
Hunter, lector; Mary Ann Schmiedeberg and Judy Ness, gifts; Ann
Potrament and Cheryl Engstrom, eucharistic ministers.  Casket bearers
will be Joey Boroski, Rodney Potrament, Donnie Schmiedeberg, Keith
Schmiedeberg, Travis Ness and Brady Schmiedeberg.  Visitation will be
at the Austin Funeral Home in Hallock on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8
p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

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