February 22, 1929 ~ August 29, 2021
Eliese Frances Borgstede was born Eliese Roesch on February 22nd, 1929 in Howard Beach to Aloysius and Anna Roesch and experienced a wonderful childhood growing up in Bellerose, NY. As a young child, Eliese enjoyed ice skating or playing handball in the park after walking home from Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School, and later attended Dominican Commercial H.S. where she met her life-long best friend Margaret Bodendorf.
In 1947 Eliese met William Borgstede while roller skating with her sister Ann, and the rest is history. Eliese and Bill were married on June 4th, 1949 and started their family of six children a year later with the birth of Eileen, followed by Kathleen, Charlene, Patricia, Robert and Keith between 1950 and 1971. Eliese and family lived over 45 years in Lake Grove on their perennial farm and nursery tilled by William and his father Charles, all of which provided a glorious childhood for their six children.
Eliese worked at 30 Rockefeller Center before marrying and returned to the workforce while raising six children which would have been enough for most people, but she managed to balance home and career through a miracle of love, prayers and wonderful support from family, mostly Elizabeth Deiger (Nona). She was a wonderful seamstress and loved baking for friends and family. Eliese was the amazing grand-mother of 11, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Joshua, Jonathan, Christopher, Ashley, Michael, Matthew, Alex, Eric and Samantha, and the proud great-grandmother of 9, Camp, Cannon, Briggs, Emilia, Ana, Henry, Sophia, Felix and Simon.
After moving for a brief time to Middletown, NJ, to stay with her dear brother Fred, Eliese retuned to Long Island and has lived in Leisure Glen for the past 15 years where she enjoyed a very active life, developing many relationships and making many beautiful loving friends. Until recently, Eliese enjoyed participating in playing bocce, bingo, cards, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Dominoes, Rummikub, Leisure Losers, Club One making wonderful use of the Library and taking long walks through the Glen, in addition to attending plays, musicals and traveling with family.
Eliese lived a wonderful 92 years and we are all blessed to have had her in our lives, as a parent, grand-parent and friend. She will be missed beyond words.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Eliese’s name to any of her favorite charities. Please consider a donation to The Marianists, St. Joseph’s Indian School, Boys Town, or the Edmundite Missions.