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April 19, 1923-March 31, 2016
Barbara Shippey Boerger of Davis, California, 92, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2016. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by her loving family.
Barbara made a lasting impression on everyone she met. She was friendly, fun, bright, compassionate and always looking for ways to help others. She maintained great relationships with all of her family members and friends across the country.
Barbara was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 19, 1923. She attended Macalester College and the University of Minnesota. She worked as a stewardess for American Airlines from 1944-1946. She married Frank C. Boerger in the Cadet Chapel at the United States Military Academy at West Point on graduation day, June 3, 1947 and the Class of '47 remained near and dear to their hearts throughout their lives. After traveling the world serving in the Army, Frank, Barbara and their five children settled in San Anselmo, California in 1966. Barbara and Frank celebrated their 43rd anniversary before Frank's death in 1990. Barbara moved to Davis, California, in 1992 to live near her daughter Marybeth and her family. She enjoyed traveling to Boerger Bash family reunions and spending time with her cherished family.
Barbara is survived by: daughter, B. Sue Feldman of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; son, F. Chuck Boerger of Marin County, California; daughter, Heidi Rodriguez of Penn Valley, California; daughter, Marybeth Boerger (and husband, Timothy Albertson) of Davis, California; daughter, Tricia B. Wise (and husband, Bart Wise) of Ann Arbor, Michigan; and brother, William Shippey (and wife, Karen Shippey) of Leavenworth, Kansas. She is lovingly referred to as Gramz by her eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Col. Frank C. Boerger (ret.), and parents, William and Bessie Shippey.
Barbara will be interred with her husband, Frank, in a private ceremony at the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio of San Francisco, California. Her life will be celebrated by her family in one of her favorite places, South Lake Tahoe, California.
Her family is grateful for the expert medical care provided by the UC Davis Health System, the comforting support of Atria Covell Gardens and the kindness of the Davis community.
Messages to the family and stories of her life can be shared on www.smith-funerals.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy at www.parksconservancy.org.
To Mom, I have enjoyed our many times together with you and the family. We did know how to have fun and laugh! My family and I will miss you everyday and you were a great inspiration to us all! We will cherish our time together and you will be in our hearts forever. Love, your daughter Heidi and grandchildren, Kristin and Ryan.
Heidi Rodriguez Apr 21 2016 12:00 AM
Dear big sister - as we all celebrate your life we must include your birthday - today, April 19th - we all sure do miss you and remember how much you meant to us - we still think of you every day. As you go on your journey, I hope you "packed your sense of humor" - I am sure you did. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten.. Love from your "little" brother and family. Bill
Bill Shippey Apr 19 2016 12:00 AM
Uncle Frank, Aunt Barbara, My Dad and My Mom were quite the foursome! Starting officially with USMA graduation followed by a double wedding witnessed by the nation in Life Magazine. What a foursome! Having just celebrated her 92nd birthday I doubt if my Mom, Betty Boerger is in any hurry to complete the foursome, but as is life, she will some day. Right now she continues to impress us in her daily activities helping others through her actions, words and humor. The threesome who precede her were examples for us all on how to live our lives. Mom carries on their example. What a foursome! We kids who grew up with these parents were truly lucky to have such great examples. Aunt Barbara's passing is sad, but let's continue to see her in her children, grand children and great grand children. Her life will always influence many in positive ways. Thanks Aunt Barbara. Love, Tom Boerger
Tom Boerger Apr 12 2016 12:00 AM