Condolences for Lee W. Borowski

Leon Dixon posted on 1/2/19

I just became aware of Lee's passing. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family. Although I never met Lee, he has been my main instructor over decades of nordic skiing, and I sincerely thank him for all he has done for me personally and for the sport. I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve said, “Lee Borowski says............” to my skiing buddies. I think I have all of his books and videos and also have a thick folder of articles he has written. He has been, and continues to be, an inspiration and my primary teacher. Thanks again, Lee. We miss you.



Pat Hewett (Hagie) posted on 11/21/18

Oh Betsy, my heart goes out to you. I was in the hospital when Lee passed or I definately would.have.been there to.say goodbye to Lee. I lost my beloved husband 13 yrs ago so I KNOW the pain and loneliness I want to call you but I don't have your # so please contact me at [email protected] hugs and friend


Kevin John Brochman posted on 11/12/18

I am saddened to hear the passing of Lee. I have many great memories of Lee at many events back in the 80's. From roller ski races to snow ski races, Lee was there often taking people aside and talking technique. A great man!


Ted Theyerl posted on 11/12/18

Betsy, family and all other friends and family. I want you to know this - and Lee too. Lee was truly an inspiration to me and so many others. I can still hear him telling me to quit basketball and just ski! I did. That changed my life, in so many great ways. I owe many wonderful experiences and facets of my life to him, as I'm sure others do. He will be missed by many, but many great memories of him will live on.


Craig Bottoni posted on 11/8/18

Our deepest condolences. Mr. Borowski was an instrumental factor in beginning my career in medicine and as an Orthopaedic surgeon now! He and Mr. Orlebeck gave so much to convey their knowledge of chemistry. Amazingly, he even taught a small class in organic chemistry. His life and influence live on in all of his students.


Diane and Gene Markiewicz posted on 11/7/18

Dear Betsy and family, We send our condolence for your loss. We have many fond memories of times spent skiing with Lee. When I think of him, I think of snow. May God comfort and bless you in the days ahead. We are sorry not to be able to attend the funeral; we are in France. Sincere wishes, Diane and Gene.



Laurie & Gary Rasch-Anoszko posted on 11/6/18

Lee generously gave of his time to coach and inspire my son Eli in cross country skiing . He was an inspiration and a blessing. We are so grateful to have met Lee.



Wende Fedder Gorniak posted on 11/5/18

Our deepest sympathies on your loss. Mr. Borowski was my best chemestry teacher. He made a complex subject fun to learn. As a nurse, I appreciate his approach to teaching. May he RIP.


Roy Pirrung posted on 11/5/18

My condolences to the family. May he Rest In Peace.


Per K. Johnsen posted on 11/5/18

Lee was a long time xc ski friend. I first met him in the late 80s after he published his booklet on the Simple Secrets of Ski Skating, and I skied with him in several races. He was always positive and he trusted in his ability to figure this subtle sport out. My condolences to his family for your loss. He was an inspiration to many and will be missed.


Ruby Scott posted on 11/5/18

Prayers and fond memories are what you have to remember of Lee. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days. My most heartfelt condolences go out to your family. Jesus promised at John 5:28, 29 "that there will be a resurrection." For further information, please visit


Gary Herdrich posted on 11/4/18

Sincere condolences to the Borowski family.Lee was an awesome man. He will be missed.


Aniya Langjahr posted on 11/3/18

Though I only was able to work with Lee on a few rollerskiing sessions, his impact was lasting. Like a great book, a great coach is always there in your mind long after you've parted. Thank you Lee for that lasting impression. Thank you to his family for sharing such a wonderful person with the world. I'm so sorry for your loss.


Luke Bodensteiner posted on 11/3/18

I will always remember Lee for his enthusiasm, creativity, and passion for sharing. I benefitted so much from his generosity, and still carry with me today the many things I learned from him. Lee, thanks for helping me to enjoy skiing so much, something we both lived to do. I look forward to taking a long ski soon in your memory. I hope everyone who gets some early season tracks at Lapham this winter does the same.


John Kotar posted on 11/3/18

My deep condolences to Lee's family. I remember him fondly as we were age class competitors in cross country ski races and avid promoters of this great sport.


Mary Kay and Bob Bodensteiner posted on 11/3/18

Feeling heartbroken at the death of our life-long dear family friend and mentor. Lee's beacon of expertise, enthusiasm, common sense and willingness to help others will never be dimmed in the eyes of Bob, Mary Kay, Luke and Nate, the Skate, Bodensteiner. Thank you for everything, Lee. Condolences to the family.


Byron Mitchell posted on 11/3/18

Wow - so very sorry to hear that Folks. What great memories & conversations. I will post some old (!!!!) photos later - believe I have one of Lee on the start line of either Esker Odyssey or KM Nordic


Byron Mitchell posted on 11/3/18

Wow - so very sorry to hear about that Folks. What a guy, what great memories and interesting conversations. I will go dig up some old (!!!) photos and post 'em - I'm almost certain I have one with him at the start line of either the Esker Odyssey or KM Nordic. Wish I could give my appreciation in person next week but will be out of town.