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In Memory of

Jean P. Boehne

December 21, 1917 - June 8, 2017

Obituary


Jean Paterson Boehne was born in Dunfermline Scotland, four days before Christmas in 1917. She and her family were looking forward to a 100th birthday celebration this year. However, she passed away on June 8th of congestive heart disease.

When she was three years old, Jean emigrated to America with her parents, Margaret (Willkie) and David Paterson, and her older brother, David Paterson. They eventually settled in Detroit, where Jean attended school. She graduated from Southeastern High School in 1935 and then attended Gardner Business School. She advanced quickly in her career and eventually...

Jean Paterson Boehne was born in Dunfermline Scotland, four days before Christmas in 1917. She and her family were looking forward to a 100th birthday celebration this year. However, she passed away on June 8th of congestive heart disease.

When she was three years old, Jean emigrated to America with her parents, Margaret (Willkie) and David Paterson, and her older brother, David Paterson. They eventually settled in Detroit, where Jean attended school. She graduated from Southeastern High School in 1935 and then attended Gardner Business School. She advanced quickly in her career and eventually became an Executive Secretary at General Motors, Fisher Body division, where she worked for 25 years. During those years, Jean enjoyed an active social life with friends in Detroit. She also took many trips, with friends, as well as with her mother. She met her husband, Raymond Boehne, at GM, and after a two-year courtship, they were married two days after Christmas in 1962; her new step-children, Ray & Carol, served as attendants.

After Raymond retired from GM in 1966, they moved to Florida, where they enjoyed a blissful existence until he died in 1994. They played tennis, golf, and bridge; traveled extensively, and were active in their parish, St. Ignatius of Antioch in Tarpon Springs. On one of their numerous overseas trips, they visited Jean's birthplace in Scotland, together with her mother.

Jean lived independently in Tarpon Springs until 2016, when she moved into an assisted living facility near her daughter Carol in Downers Grove IL.

While Jean had no biological children, she always said that the best present her husband ever gave her was his family by his first wife. She is survived by his three children: Ray Boehne, Carol Richart, and Marilyn Slaughter; by nine grandchildren: Anne Marie, Raymond Thomas, Charlene, Allan, Jane, Sarah, Greg, Steve, and Louise; by ten great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her cousin, Grace Strang, of NSW Australia. Jean was preceded in death by her parents and brother. She will be interred at Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis, following visitation (9:00-11:00am) at Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary and Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls(Chicago) https://www.mercyhome.org/, National Right to Life Committee (Washington D.C.) http://www.nrlc.org/donate/, University of Detroit Jesuit High School & Academy (Detroit) https://www.uofdjesuit.org/