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Betty Jean " BJ" Naegelin passed away peacefully from this life to be with our Lord December 26, 2011 at the age of 83. In as much as BJ loved the Christmas season, the colorful lights, decorations, it is little surprise that she remained with us through this season. Born in Ft. Worth, TX August 30, 1928 she spent many years in Mc Allen, before making San Antonio her home. As a teacher, BJ knew, "That to teach is to touch a life forever."; she loved to teach. After many years of teaching English and speech classes along with her husband Lanny; she was inducted into the National Forensic League Hall of Fame for her work. BJ had too many passions to list but it would be remiss to not include some. She was a cat lover, and always had at least one feline companion. While most of us are content to eat, BJ wanted to DINE. And Dine she did, often for hours, in her own attempts to prove the merits of lingering in the moment. All that truly knew BJ know, that she was filled with a heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, and the world is a lesser place without her. BJ loved twice in her life, and she was preceded in death by both her beloved husbands; James B. Boazman Jr. and Lanny Dean Naegelin. Her sister Nancy Miller also preceded BJ. She is survived by her daughters Bonny Johnston, and her husband Jim and Jamey Siefert and her husband Dan.; Sister Millicent Mulder and her husband David.; Grandchildren, Kimberly Gore (Brad), Zachary Jackson (Erin), Jill Marion (Nolan), Jeremy Johnston; 8 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews . The family would like to thank the staff of Vitas Hospice and Clare Bridge Place for their loving care. The family welcomes flowers; or donations can be made San Antonio Vitas Hospice or to the NFL for "The Lanny and BJ Naegelin Scholarship Fund"
A Graveside Service will be held at Mission Burial Park North on Thursday December 29, 2011 at 3:30 P.M.
You may sign the online guestbook at www.missionparks.com, under the obituary section.
Published in Express-News on December 28, 2011