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Mavis E. Boettcher

September 10, 1926 ~ November 3, 2018 (age 92)

Mavis Elliot Boettcher, 92, of Wausau, passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at North Central Health Care.  She was born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Dumdei on September 10, 1926 in Wausau.

She graduated from Wausau East High School in 1944 and went on to receive her Bachelor of Education degree from U.W. Stevens Point.  Mavis also attended U.W. Eau Claire for post grad work.  While attending school in Stevens Point she was a member of the Tau Gamma Beta Sorority, Delta Gamma, and the glee club.  Mavis began her teaching career in Minneapolis, remained for two years, and then moved back to Wausau as a first-grade teacher.  She taught at G.D. Jones, Longfellow, and finished her career at Hawthorne Hills.  A total of 37 years teaching and influencing many students.

In 1959 she married Carl J. Boettcher at Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau.

Mavis was actively involved in the Wausau Education Association and was a member of the WEA and the NEA.  She held a board of directors position at the Community Credit Union for 16 years including a year as chair.  After her retirement in 1988, she became a member of the Wausau Federated Women’s Club and served as social chairwomen for many years.  She also became a member of the Wisconsin Retired Educators Association and the Marathon County Educators Association.  Mavis was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau, for 60 years where she taught Sunday School and was on the Zion School Board for a short time.

Mavis enjoyed her family and spending time at the summer home on Post Lake.  Along with Carl and loving poodle, Jacques, they would cruise the lake and enjoy summertime on the water.  She enjoyed time entertaining friends at the lake or at the Wausau Country Club, where they were members for many years.  Carl and Mavis loved to travel and cruised to the Baltic Sea and Caribbean.  They visited Portugal, Scotland, London, and Mexico.  Together they spent many springs at their favorite resort at St. Pete’s Beach, Florida, and enjoyed many hours birdwatching.

Survivors include her husband, Carl; daughter, Judy (Paul) Henning; niece, Barbara (John) Benecke of DePere; nephew, Mark Zimmerman of Austin, TX; and grandniece, Mazzy and grandnephew, Arthur, both of Austin, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister and brother-in-law, Joyce (Karl) Zimmerman.

A funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau, with Rev. Steven Gjerde officiating.  Family and friends may call beginning at 2:00 p.m. until the time of service at the church.  Burial will follow in Mechanics Ridge Cemetery, town of Wausau.

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