Margaret Anna Boehnert (nee Schumann), 95, a longtime resident of North Riverside, died Nov. 8, 2014 at the Scottish Home.
Born in Planitz, Germany, in 1919, her family immigrated to Lockport in 1925, where she spent her early years, exploring the woods and fields around the town.
As a young woman, she worked as the secretary of Lockport High School, her alma mater.
During World War II, she waited four years while her fiancé, William Boehnert, fought in the South Pacific. The two married and raised their two daughters in North Riverside.
She was a loving wife, nurturing mother, talented seamstress, amazing cook, world traveler and a font of common sense, according to family.
Residents of North Riverside since 1948, Ms. Boehnert and her husband were founding members of the North Riverside Community Church.
Ms. Boehnert is survived by her daughters, Krista (James) Roche of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Judy (Daniel) Clune of Chevy Chase, Maryland; her grandchildren, James (Sally) Roche, Margaret (Bryan) Giblin, Sarah Boehnert (Robert) Hartman and Katy Clune; and her great-grandchildren, Daniel Giblin, Eric Giblin and Helen Boehnert Hartman.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William; her parents, Ernst and Anna Schumann; her brothers, Carl and Heinz Schumann; and her granddaughter Heather Roche.
The family also expressed its profound gratitude to the nurses, aides and staff at the Scottish Home for their years of loving and compassionate care, and acknowledged the care provided by Vitas Hospice.
Private services and interment will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations are appreciated to the Scottish Home, 2800 Desplaines Ave., North Riverside, Illinois, 60546 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois, 60601.
Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.