Clarence William Boebel(1924 - 2013)

photo Clarence William Boebel passed away on February 28 at the age of 88. His wife of 63 years, Phyllis Hueftle Boebel, passed away January 27, 2013. Clarence is lovingly remembered by his son Christopher Boebel (Glenna Eaves) of Chicago, daughters Barbara McNamara (Alan) of Bloomington, MN and Catherine Grotenhuis (Steve) of St. Paul, MN, granddaughters Courtney Hanna-McNamara (Jason) of Dekalb, IL and Adria Denison of Chicago, grandsons Ross McNamara (Meredith) of Chicago and Bret Denison of Minneapolis and great-granddaughter Lorelei Hanna. Born in Buffalo, NY on May 30, 1924, Clarence was commissioned as an Ensign in the USN serving aboard the USS Cowie and USS Hogan, 1943 to 1946. A graduate of Hobart College, he earned a Masters in Social Science Administration from Western Reserve University in 1949. charter member of the National Association of Social Work and a fellow of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Clarence dedicated his life to public service, bettering the lives of underserved youth, poor and elderly. He held several gubernatorial appointments in Nashville, culminating as the Executive Secretary of the Tennessee Youth Commission. In 1962 he moved his family to Chicago's south side to serve as Executive Director of Chicago Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers until 1980. Clarence was a skilled craftsman, avid singer and musician who shared his joy of music with many. Using his gifts for storytelling, video production and fund raising, he excelled in promoting Chicago's Settlement Houses and Neighborhood Centers. To honor Clarence's life, please share your time, talents and treasure to make this a kinder, more beautiful world. Memorials to Jane Addams Hull House Museum, 800 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Mar. 17, 2013