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Gertrude L. (Boots) Boehmler

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Gertrude L. (Boots) Boehmler died March 1, 2007. She was born Jan. 18, 1922, in Amesbury, Mass., the third daughter of Ivory and Edith Scribner.

She grew up and graduated from high school in Amesbury, Mass. She then attended and graduated in 1943 from Antioch College with a bachelor's of arts degree. She then moved to New York and worked for IBM at their national headquarters. She and husband James were married in 1946 and moved to Minneapolis where her husband completed his education at the University of Minnesota. During this time she taught accounting at the University. In 1950, she and her husband moved to Iowa. In 1953 her husband started a new business. She was in charge of the financial and accounting part of this enterprise for its first 15 years. In 1983, she and her husband retired and moved to Cherokee Village.

She was an active school board member for ten years in Iowa and an active member of the P.E.O. sisterhood and Congregational and United Methodist churches. She had an avid interest in genealogy and belonged to several historical societies dating back to the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and the Civil War. She enjoyed music and played the piano and organ. She also enjoyed square dancing, playing golf, and bridge. In addition to all her activities, she raised three children who all became successful, caring adults.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Ann Chute.

She is survived by: her husband James Jr. of Cherokee Village; her sister Helen Stearns of Fredericksburg, Texas; son James III and spouse Jodi of San Antonio, Texas; daughter Diane Parsons and spouse Dave of Columbus, Ind.; son John and spouse Linda of Atlanta, Ga.; eight grandchildren Dr. James Boehmler IV and spouse Deb, Erica Galligher and spouse Kirt, Christopher Boehmler, Meg Parsons, Ben Parsons, John Jr. Boehmler, Alex Boehmler and Lindsey Boehmler; two great-grandchildren Alexis Grace Boehmler and Keegan Allen Galligher; and a host of good friends.

Funeral Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Cherokee Village on March 5 under the direction of Heath Funeral Home in Hardy.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Cherokee Village.