September 19, 1932 - April 27, 2016


Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:00 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Robert “Bob” Borgert, age 83, who passed away Wednesday at his home after a short battle with Leukemia (AML). Rev. Ralph Zimmerman will officiate. Visitation will be after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the church.

The Lord has embraced his son Robert Borgert on April 27, 2016 to make his spiritual journey to heaven.

Bob was born September 19, 1932 in Browerville, Minnesota to Marie (McDonald) and Joseph Borgert. Bob graduated from Cathedral High School and received a Master in Education degree from St. Cloud State University. After college, Bob joined the US Army and was stationed in England for two years. Upon Bob’s return he met and married Sally Kotsmith on August 1st, 1959 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley.

Bob’s teaching and coaching careers, 3 years at Holdingford High School and 36 years at Sauk Rapids High School, brought him in contact with thousands of young adults. As a teacher and coach, Bob had immeasurable influence on his students and athlete’s development.

Bob lived an exemplary life full of enjoyment for sports and the outdoors, his hobby was growing tomatoes, and trying to outsmart the squirrels. He loved spending time sharing his childhood stories and pictures with his children and grandchildren.

We will remember his smile, his warmth, his energy, his love for God, family and friends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.

Bob is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sally of Sauk Rapids, his three children, Marion (Juan) Castellanos of Sauk Rapids; Dan (Elizabeth Valencia-Borgert) of St. Cloud and Susette Tomford of St. Cloud; eight grandchildren, Nicole (Nate) Rueter, Chad (Carley) Castellanos, Roberto, Diego and Carlos Borgert, Correy, Krista and Craig Tomford. Three great-grandchildren, Ella and Addie Rueter, and Amelia Castellanos; his brothers and sister, Thomas (Colleen), St. Cloud, Jerry (Patricia), Plymouth, John (Diane), Swanville, Barbara (Don) Snyder, Burnsville. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Rosemary.

Bob’s running and biking times on earth are done and now it is the beautiful trails in heaven that will be there for him to enjoy. Thank you Lord.

Everyone who loves Bob has a story. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you remember your “Bob’s story” by considering a donation to Sacred Heart Church or the Poor Clares Monastery.