Ambrose Borgetti was the stern, yet fun-loving patriarch of the Borgetti family.
“Although quiet and unassuming, his family and close friends meant everything to him,” daughter-in-law Terry Borgetti said. “He dearly loved his wife Dolores, his four sons and daughters–in-law, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.”
Borgetti loved to grill outdoors, putz around in his garden, host family get-togethers and play poker with friends. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and took pride in their accomplishments. He was a great listener and gave great advice and guidance, she said.
Borgetti was a proud member of Cesare Battisti Lodge No. 27 in Schererville since October, 1942, where he served as Chaplain and worked on various committees. In 1992, he was recognized as a Person of Honor by the Italo-American National Union. In 1996 he was named Member of the Year by the Cesare Battisti Lodge.
Borgetti, 90, of Whiting, retired from Standard Oil Whiting Refinery after 37 years of service. He was a Meals on Wheels volunteer.
Born in Ferentino, Italy, the eldest of four children, Borgetti’s family settled in Whiting where he attended Immaculate Conception and Whiting High School. He was drafted into the Army Air Corps during World War II. Stationed in Italy, he was fortunate to be able to reunite with his relatives.
Dolores, whom he met at a dance at the Croatian Hall in East Chicago, was the love of his life, his daughter-in-law said. Described as best friends, the “two peas in a pod” shared a love of travel, enjoying 62 years of marriage, she said.