Obituary: Lois Boerger

Lois Bernice Boerger, age 84, died on Sept. 13, 2019, at Community Hospital in McCook, Neb., with her husband and children by her side.
Lois was born on Jan. 7, 1935, in Alta Vista, Kan., to the Rev. Walter and Flora (Brunkhorst) Wehmeier. She was the sixth of seven children. They moved to Cheney when she was a sophomore in high school. She played flute in the band there and was a homecoming queen.
To achieve her ambition of becoming a Lutheran elementary school teacher, she attended St. John’s Junior College in Winfield. On graduation, she taught at a Lutheran school in Rochester, Mich., during which time she met and married Fred Boerger in Utica, Mich., and became the mother of Cindy, Mike, Karen and Beth.
In 1964, they moved to Denver, Colo., to restart a Lutheran school in a diverse urban neighborhood where Fred served as principal/teacher and Lois was active in the church and served as needed, often as a substitute teacher. In 1974, they moved to Okarche, Okla., so Fred could be principal of a small-town school and their children could experience the small town living in which they, themselves, had been raised. While in Okarche, the children attended and graduated from OSU; OU; St. John’s, Winfield; and Concordia University, Seward, Neb.
Lois and Fred moved to Chicago in 1985, where Fred was principal of a growing Lutheran school on the south side until 1994, when they retired and moved to McCook to be near their grandchildren. While in Chicago, Lois aided and taught one year in an urban school. Her greatest achievement was starting and facilitating a “before and after” school program for seven years at Fred’s school. We still hear from the parents and students she worked with there.
Lois and Fred have resided in McCook for 25 years. During this time, they helped with their three grandchildren and took part in teaching church classes in Sunday School, mid-week school and vacation Bible school. Lois also joined a group of ladies making quilts for the needy.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Walter and Flora Wehmeier; son-in-law, Terry Roland; sister, Gertrude “Trudy” Danielson; and brothers, Pastor Walter Wehmeier  and Robert Wehmeier.
Lois is survived by her husband, Fred Boerger of McCook; daughter, Cindy Boerger of Oklahoma City; son, Michael Boerger of Washington, D.C.; daughters, Beth (Jon) Sonntag of Wood Dale, Ill. and Karen Roland of McCook; grandchildren, Wyatt Roland, Jesselyn Roland, and Cody (Megan) Roland, parents of great-grandchild Aedan Roland; sister, Norma (Wayne) Fearey of Cheney; brothers, Gilbert (Elvera) Wehmeier of Topeka and Melvin (Frances) Wehmeier of Cheney;  and numerous family and friends.
Services were Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, McCook, Neb. Memorials may be given to Peace Lutheran Church’s scholarship fund for the preschool or for individuals seeking a degree in church work, or can be given to Lutheran Bible Translators, in support of Serena & Elliott Derricks (a great niece of Lois).
Hermann-Jones Funeral Chapel of McCook was entrusted with the arrangements.