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Vivian Boersma

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Vivian Anspach Boersma CHARLOTTE - Vivian Anspach Boersma, 92, of The Cypress Club, Charlotte, NC died on May 12, 2013. Vivian was born February 24, 1921 in Ashland, Ohio to Dr. Charles and Mary Fisher Anspach, the former President and first lady of Ashland College and Central Michigan University. Vivian attended Carlton College, Central Michigan University, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in 1943, with an MA from Central Michigan University in 1973. She taught High School at the laboratory school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and English and Drama at Naperville Community High School in Naperville, Illinois. She was Director of Development at Central Michigan University and retired as Director of Development of the Methodist Retirement Homes headquartered in Chelsea, Michigan in 1986. She married Henry W. Boersma on December 27, 1945. Their two daughters, Dee and Marcy, survive her. Dr. P. Dee Boersma holds the Wadsworth Endowed Chair in Conservation Science and is a Professor of Biology at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Marcy Boersma Chirdon married to Gregory Chirdon have two sons and live in Charlotte, NC. Both Vivian's grandsons graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Christopher and his wife, Carissa, live in New York City and Andrew is soon to follow. Vivian loved travel and ran senior class trips with her husband, Henry, who owned travel businesses in Illinois and Michigan. She traveled extensively and helped Dee band Magellanic penguins at Punta Tombo, Argentina. She loved nature, sun, and water. Five of her homes were on lakes or rivers. She especially enjoyed the two homes she and Henry built: one in Naperville, IL on the DuPage River and the other in Mt. Pleasant, MI on the Chippewa River. Throughout her life she promoted higher education and quality of life for older Americans. Her family thanks the staff of Stewart Health Center of the Cypress Club of Charlotte for making the last years of her life more pleasant and comfortable. Her ashes will be scattered at the Pioneer Cemetery at North Lake in Chelsea, MI where the family owned a cottage from 1950 to 1992. Contributions in Vivian's memory may be made to the Vivian and Henry Boersma Scholarship Fund at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-1800, Charles and Mary Fisher Anspach Scholarship Fund, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48859 or Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. TH Robertson Funeral Service Lic. is serving the family www.throbertson.com.

Published in Charlotte Observer on May 14, 2013
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