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John Bortak

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 12:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 12:20 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — John Joseph Bortak, 66, of Princeton passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, while on vacation in Aruba.

He was born Feb. 8, 1947, in Detroit, Mich., to Joseph and Janet (Stroster) Bortak. He graduated from East Detroit High School in 1964 and from Wayne State University, with both his Bachelors and Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering. John also received his MBA from the University of Michigan. He recently retired after 16 years from Carus Corporation, where he was vice president of global operations and an executive committee member. He married Linda Gnuschke on March 22, 1969, in the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit, Mich. She survives. He was a member of the TKE Fraternity, the Community Advisory Panel in LaSalle and ILMA. He was an active member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church on the Hill and the University of Michigan Alumni Association. He was also a supporter of local theatre groups Circa 21 and Festival 56. He was a huge supporter of University of Michigan Football, he loved darts, golf and softball.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Linda Bortak of Princeton. Also surviving are three children, James (Rebecca) Bortak of Clarkston, Mich., Robert (Chanon) Bortak Ravenna, Ohio, and Julianne (Jeffrey) Risdon of Friendswood, Texas. Surviving as well are four grandchildren, Kyle Bortak, Layne Risdon, Elizabeth Risdon and Alexander Bortak.

John was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sharon.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church on the Hill with the Rev. Kim-Lee Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the St. John Lutheran Church on the Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society or Church on the Hill.

Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.

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