Michael "Mike" Boersma
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Michael "Mike" Boersma of Paramount, CA, passed away on May 16, 2013. He was born in Friesland, The Netherlands on March 15, 1921. Mike immigrated to the USA in August of 1948. He worked part-time for 2 years at a furniture factory in Grand Rapids, MI while attending St. Thomas Aquinas College to complete his college education, which he started in The Netherlands. He graduated in August of 1950, earning a Bachelor's degree. He moved to Paramount in 1951 and was employed as a bookkeeper, while studying accounting by taking a correspondence course from LaSalle University in Chicago, IL to earn a degree in higher accountancy. He opened his own "Accounting-Tax Service" office and was fully self-employed by 1953, where he remained until he took a full retirement in April of 1992. Mike truly loved his new country. He became a US citizen in 1955. That year he also joined the Order of the Knights of Columbus and in 1956 he joined Rotary International and became a member of the Paramount Chamber of Commerce. From the time he settled in Paramount, he was a very active member of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church. He was preceded in death in 1985 by his first wife, Elizabeth, who was the mother of his eight children. He is survived by his second wife Beatrice, his 8 children and her 2 children, numerous grand and great-grandchildren, a sister in The Netherlands and a brother in Michigan and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of floral contributions, the family requests donations to Doctors Without Borders in Mike's name. Rosary service and viewing will be held on Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 PM and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM, both at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 14815 Paramount Blvd., Paramount, followed by interment at All Souls Catholic Cemetery. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits. Midgley Gardenside Mortuary
Gardenside Funeral Service
13450 Paramount Boulevard South Gate, CA 90280
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on May 22, 2013