Americo “Bill” Borgetti, 96 of Hammond, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2023. Born in Ferentino, Italy on October 28, 1926, Bill, along with his mother, Natalina, and his brothers, Ambrose and Marcello arrived in America in July 1937 to join his father, Samuel, who had been living and working in the states for years. He is survived by his children, Lucille Dust, Linda (Robert) Dunford, Robert (Sandra) Borgetti and Lisa Manners; five grandchildren, Lynn (Jim) Beilfuss, Christina (Tim) Link, Michael (Dena) Dust, Anthony and Nicole Borgetti; three great grandchildren, James Beilfuss, Katelyn (Aaron) Wiening and Joshua Beilfuss; one great great grandson, Cooper Beilfuss; his sister, Jean (John) Thibault and sister-in-law, Dolores (late Ambrose) Borgetti and brother-in-law, Michael (Dolores) Benak. Bill will be united in heaven with his parents, Samuel and Natalina, his loving wife, Lucille, his son, William, his grandson, Steven Manners and his brothers, Ambrose and Marcello.
Bill was a Hammond resident since 1958, formerly of Whiting. He attended Whiting High School. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Merchant Marines. He married Lucille Benak on February 11, 1956, in a snow storm. He was employed by LTV Steel for 29 years and managed the LTV Employees Federal Credit Union for many years. He also served the Credit Union movement as President of the Northwest Indiana CU Chapter and the Indiana Credit Union League as Director and Chairman of the Board. He was also a member of the USA Local Union 1011, Knights of Columbus Council #1696 (prayers Thursday at 6:00p.m.), Cesare Battisti Lodge #27, American Legion Hessville Community Service Post #232 and was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish for 62 years. Bill was an expert gardener. He planted flowers and had a large vegetable garden every year in the backyard. He often gave gifts of flowers to the neighbors, the mail delivery person and the Meals on Wheel delivery guy. In the last two years, he had created “The Circle” in the backyard, which has three fruit trees planted among many perennials and vegetables around the fruit trees. During his journey through life, Bill was fortunate to have many people to help him and guide him in work, friendship and love.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 4, 2023 at BARAN FUNERAL HOME, 1235-119th Street, Whiting, from 4 to 8 pm and at the church on Friday morning from 9:00am to time of services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am, Friday, May 5, 2023 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 7140 Arizona Avenue, Hammond with the Rev. Charles A. Mosley, officiating; interment, Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on-line at www.baranfh.com.
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