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Obituary for Ruth Elizabeth Tate (Borsos)

Ruth Elizabeth (Borsos) Tate 22 March 1926 - 7 Oct 2022. Ruth passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the great age of 96. Ruth was born in Detroit, Michigan to Albert Valentine Borsos and Mary Janet DeRousie. She was the youngest of three children; her two older brothers being Albert, Jr and Ralph, and often recounted her childhood as a time of joy and wonder. Ruth graduated from Michigan State majoring in Home Economics. As a senior, she was swept off her feet by a fellow student, Ralph Tate, Jr, a WWII Air Corps Pilot. He finally asked Ruth if she would take him as her husband and she married her forever hero 18 June 1949. Following their wedding, they moved to Santa Barbara, California where Ralph finished his degree in economics and together, they began their family.

A few years of civilian life was enough for Ralph. He sweet-talked Ruth into becoming a military wife and re-entered the military into the US Air Force as a pilot; and thus, the military way became their family’s life-style: three children, moving every couple of years, not saying “goodbye” but “see you again at the next base”, experiencing life in different parts of the United States and keeping family “treasures'' within the allowable weight.
The year that Ralph flew during the Vietnamese War, Ruth went back to school to earn her Teacher’s Certificate and taught Home Economics at Bellevue Middle school in Bellevue, Nebraska for a number of years. Their many moves included California, Upper State New York (three times), Michigan, Massachusetts (twice), Germany, Texas, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Washington and finally, in 2001 they moved to Evergreen Retirement Community in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Ralph promised Ruth a life of his love, family and adventures! And with 25 moves in 11 states and 2 countries during their 60 years together, he delivered!

Ruth loved God, and she loved being a mom of three, having a full life with Ralph and all the adventures she experienced serving as a Girl Scout Leader, Boy Scout Leader, Sunday School teacher, Bible Study Leader, a garden enthusiast (in all the different growing zones,) school teacher, seamstresses extraordinaire, church deacon and elder, PEO, square dancing, and all her involvement in, and support of their children’s activities - all leading to a full life of retirement.

Of all the characteristics that Ruth possessed, the most memorable was her love for her family, her love for Jesus and her joy of life all with a loving, positive and thankful heart.

Ruth is survived by her children; Janet (Harold) Clark III of Park Falls, WI, Ralph (Carolyn) Tate III of Papillion, NE, David (Linda) Tate of Fort Sam Houston, TX, 14 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren.

Ruth’s Celebration of Life will be Saturday, November 12 at 11 AM in Evergreen Retirement Community Chapel with a sharing and fellowship in the Fireside Room following. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials given to Evergreen Retirement Community, Oshkosh, WI.