Audrey Bouda

Bouda, Audrey "Mickey'

1922 - 2013

Audrey E. Bouda passed away in the early hours of Monday, April 15, in Fort Myers, FL., with family members by her side.

"Mickey", as she was known from birth, was born Audrey Eleanore Thompson to Della Deau and James H. H. Thompson, on April 22, 1922, in Blackwell, WI, and was the youngest of their four children. The family lived in Blackwell, Laona, Land O' Lakes and Madison, before settling in Two Rivers, WI, where, during her senior year of high school, Mickey met fellow student Paul Bouda. They dated while he was in college and kept up a correspondence when he went into the army. On Christmas Eve of 1945, five days after he returned home from serving in World War II, he proposed and they were married the following June. They celebrated 64 years of marriage before Paul passed away in 2011.

Mickey was a kind, talented, fun-loving, elegant lady. She was a fabulous cook and homemaker. Each time the family moved, Mickey used her excellent sense of style to turn the new house into a comfortable home in which to entertain friends and family. Mickey had studied voice in high school and that beautiful soprano could be heard years later in many of the Masquers Theater Group productions, when the family moved to Manitowoc, WI.

Her gracious skills at entertaining were put to good use when the family moved from Manitowoc to Monroe, WI, when Paul became Franchise Manager for Swiss Colony in the late 60's. Then, tiring of the cold Wisconsin winters, Mickey and Paul moved to Jacksonville, FL in 1971 and on to Boca Raton, FL, where Mickey resided until she relocated to Fort Myers in 2012 to be closer to family. She loved listening to baseball on the radio (in the early years) and watching sports on TV later on, especially college football.

Mickey was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Paul; both sisters, Fern Case and Dorothy Malley, and Francis Bouda, Paul's twin brother.

Mickey will be greatly missed by her four children, Brian (Joanne) of Cranberry Township, PA; Betsy Fisher (Bill) of Chico, CA; Michael (Jane) of Jacksonville, FL; and Barbara Schropp (Russ) of Fort Myers, FL; as well as ten grandchildren, Chris (Maureen) Bouda, Rob Bouda, TJ (Erin) Bouda, Alison Fisher Palmer (Pat), Kari Fisher Lee (Ralph), Jennifer Bouda, Paul Bouda II, Stefan Schropp, Eric Schropp and Emma Schropp and five great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her brother, Robert Thompson, sister-in-law, BJ Bouda, sister-in-law, Clare Ann Nordman (Jim), as well as many other loving relatives and friends, too numerous to mention, but who fondly remember Mickey.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Final interment in the Pioneer Rest Cemetery will take place following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation in Mickey's name to help fight the disease that plagued her during the final years of her life.

Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on May 8, 2013