Beloved teacher Susan Ann Boehme passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, in the company of friends and family at Providence Seaside Hospital. She was 57 years old.
She was born on May 29, 1955, to her parents, Elmer and Valeria Boehme of Sherwood, Ore.
She is survived by her siblings, Michael Boehme, Mark Boehme, and Kathleen Boehme.
Susan attended Sherwood Elementary and High School, graduating from NW Lutheran Academy in Mobridge, South Dakota. She returned to Oregon, attaining a BA in Education at Portland State University.
Susan was a long time member of our community, moving here in 1981 to begin her career in education as a fifth grade Nehalem Elementary teacher. She later transferred to the Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School where she taught social studies and language arts. Susan retired early, in 2012, due to illness.
Students spanning generations adored her, evidence of which can be seen on a recently created Memorial Face Book page in Susan Boehme’s honor. The stories and declarations of love reveal much about Susan, such as her gentle, ever-present sense of humor, and her honest desire to listen to her students, treat them with respect, and make them feel important. Also described is her wonderful ability to make a story’s characters come alive as she read to her classes.
Susan loved her students, her friends, and her home in Wheeler, where she enjoyed cooking, baking, listening to country music, and caring for her cats and beautiful begonia baskets. Her giant hydrangea bushes are famous in her neighborhood. When Susan did leave home, she would travel to Victoria and Port Townsend, or even Europe and Malaysia.
A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School in the multi-purpose room. Former students, students, friends and staff are invited to attend in order to share thoughts and memories of Susan, celebrating the life of a woman who so sweetly touched our community. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to one of the two causes close to Susan’s heart, the NKN Middle School Library (25111 Hwy 101 N, Rockaway Beach, OR, 97136) or to United Paws (PO Box 159, Tillamook, OR, 97141). Arrangements are in care of Waud’s Funeral Home.