L. DeWitt Boosel
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Lawrence DeWitt Boosel, 64, of West Middlesex, Shenango Township, Mercer County, died at 8:22 p.m. Thursday at the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz.
Born in Clay Township, April 8, 1946, he was the son of DeWitt Burton Boosel and Margaret Ruth Sankey.
He married Linda Jean Eaton on Dec. 16, 1966.
He graduated from Slippery Rock High School in 1962 and from Ferris State University with a bachelor's in accounting in 1968.
L. DeWitt Boosel started work as comptroller for the Mercer County Housing Authority in 1972. In 1979, he opened Comprehensive Accounting while working part time for MCHA. He was the executive director of the Mercer County Housing Authority since 1994, responsible to the board of commissioners for recommending and monitoring authority policy and direction. He directed the authority's nonprofit development arm, Community Homebuyers Inc., and was the liaison between the housing authority, municipalities and county officials.
Mr. Boosel was a certified public accountant and a designated public housing manager with an excess of 39 years of experience in public housing. This included 18 years of small business consulting and development. During his tenure as executive director, the authority successfully raised well over $20 million of new money brought into the county for specific projects on modernization, community revitalization, drug elimination and social programs.
Some of his affiliations were the Western Pennsylvania Housing Directors Association, secretary and past treasurer; Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies, member and president; National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Organizations, member; Public Housing Authorities Director Association, member and past treasurer; Community Homebuyers Inc., CEO; Community Counseling Center of Mercer County, past president and board member; Area Agency on Aging, board member; WIB, board member; West Middlesex Kiwanis Club, member and past president; Shenango Valley Urban League board, member and past treasurer; Mercer County Affordable Housing Trust Fund, board member; and Regional Housing Advisory Committee, chairman.
In 1996, the MCHA received the Bellamy Award and the National Merit award for partnership development within the community.
He was a member of the West Middlesex Methodist Church, where he was a certified lay leader. He served in many positions at the church.
He enjoyed the outdoors, kayaking, camping, baseball, traveling with his wife and spending time with his grandchildren. He was active in Little League since 1980, where he had served as a director of District II including serving as a coach, treasurer, director of safety and the All Star games. He was past vice president of the Minor League. With the Little League, he was instrumental in helping to build the new VFW ball fields in West Middlesex.
Surviving are his wife, Linda J. Boosel at home; two daughters, Leslie S. and her husband, Chris Powell, of West Middlesex and Kelly L. and her husband, James Martucci, of Erie; two sons, D. Scot Boosel and his fiancee, Tessa Robinson, of Sharpsville and Duane M. Boosel of Wheatland; two sisters, Delores Laderer of Slippery Rock and Darlene Edinboro of Slippery Rock; a brother, Nelson Boosel of New Wilmington; and grandchildren, Tyler S., Trey M., and Tanner J. Powell, all of West Middlesex, Haley L., Alaina R. and Emily N. Martucci, all of Erie and Aidan DeWitt Boosel of Sharpsville.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
BOOSEL - Services for Lawrence DeWitt Boosel, who died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, will be at the Grace Chapel Community Church, 4075 Lamor Road, Hermitage, Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Lawrence "Larry" Haynes, pastor of the Grace Chapel Community Church, officiating. Visitation will be at the Smith Funeral Home, 3126 Main St., West Middlesex, today from 6 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. The family also will receive friends Wednesday at the church from 10 until service at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Haywood Cemetery, West Middlesex.
Memorial contributions may be made to The L. DeWitt Boosel Foundation, 33 Chestnut St. Sharon, PA 16146
Published in Butler Eagle on Jan. 17, 2011