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Wanda Carlson Boehm

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WANDA CARLSON BOEHM passed away on April 25, 2015, surrounded by loving family and friends. It was her 100th birthday. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, raised in Pasadena, California, and a resident of Hemet, CA for 40 years. Tall and athletic, she was a standout on her high school basketball team. She attended the Queen's Court in the Tournament of Roses Parade. In 1948, she married Roy V. Carlson of Minneapolis. The couple soon designed and built a home in Sierra Madre, California (featured in Sunset magazine) and had two children a son, Dale, and daughter, Jeanine. Their award-winning roses were often celebrated by local garden clubs. Moving to Anaheim in 1964, Wanda devoted her time and talents to her children's schools and church activities, and to planning the family's annual summer road trip. Wyoming's Grand Tetons were a favorite destination, as they were often joined by a Carlson family contingent from Minneapolis. In 1971, they drove the Trans-Canada Highway to Nova Scotia, a five-week, 10,000-mile trek that remains memorable. With their children grown, Wanda and Roy retired and bought a home in Sierra Dawn. Once again, Wanda gravitated to church activities, running the paper drive and playing in the bell choir for the Hemet United Methodist Church. Travel remained a favored pastime. After Roy's passing, Wanda married Merville (Pete) Boehm, a widower with four grown children and many grandchildren, who shared her devotion to family and travel. They had 23 wonderful years together before Pete's death in 2010, and Wanda remained close to his children and grandchildren. Her beloved sister, Melva Yegge, passed away in 2004, a loss Wanda felt deeply through the end of her own life. For the last several years, she enjoyed the loving companionship of Joseph Lang, and it is indeed unfortunate that Wanda's declining health precluded a more fulfilling relationship from blossoming between them. A celebration was planned for her 100th birthday. Alas, when she took a turn for the worse the day before, family and close friends were simply invited to come to her home to offer best wishes and congratulations. Many were with her when she passed away, and she was surely comforted by their presence. Wanda was gracious and elegant, a loving wife and mother, warm-hearted and generous with boundless energy for her life and friends. She was a wonderful woman who led a grand life. Wanda is survived by her son and daughter; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nine nieces and nephews. She will be terribly missed by all. The family is grateful for the loving care provided to Wanda by the staff at Eldercare of Park Avenue, and for their support through these difficult days. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 30th, at 11 a.m., at the Hemet United Methodist Church (530 S. Buena Vista Street). In lieu of flowers, donations to the church or are suggested.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on May 18, 2015
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