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Victoria M. Boyesen

September 11, 1911 February 22, 2009
Victoria M. Boyesen
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Victoria M. Boyesen, resident of Orlando, FL, died Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the age of 97. Victoria was born September 11, 1911 to Peter and Anna Blicher in White Earth, N. Dakota. She was baptized on October 1, 1911 and was confirmed May 24, 1924. Victoria married Christian Boyesen on September 28, 1940; son, James, was born November 11, 1942 Vicki grew up on a farm in Wisconsin. She worked like an adult because there wasn’t much machinery. The farm was 12 miles from the church; the family joined the church, but they seldom got there. She seldom was able to get to the country school. Working was all the four older children knew; three younger ones were also born. Her father was in town most of the time in the library reading or visiting. In the Fall of 1927 he decided Vicki was to go to Gale College in Galesville. There were about 8-10 students in each class. She was required to take the 4-year course in Latin/Religion. She got extra good grades on tests; algebra and geometry were her best subjects. The family was so poor Vicki couldn’t have haircuts. Her kind mother could do anything. The older kids and mother never saw a penny. Vicki finished Gale College in 3 years. That Fall she left for Chicago. The banks were closing then, there were people in long bread lines. Vicki got a job working for a Dr.’s family with 3 young children making $5/week doing everything from cooking and cleaning to washing and ironing. She got about 5 hours sleep a night. She had to pay for school; now all those school friends are gone. During the war she worked in a factory 10 to 15 years in a closed shop. She and Christian moved to the deep South to work as cheap help – 40 years with no pension. When Chris died on November 6, 1977 she helped all she could at her son’s with 4 young children. Orlando Lutheran Towers, a retired sr. citizen home opened with 60 beds on the 2nd floor and needed volunteers, so she went there and gave over 30,000 free volunteer hours and enjoyed every minute of it. In 1997 her Dr. said the working part of her life was over because of her heart. She is survived by her son, James E. Boyesen; 4 grandchildren; sister, Alpha Lierman of Eau Claire, WI; other relatives and friends. Victoria was preceded in death by her parents, Anna and Peter Blicher; husband, Christian; 4 brothers, Hans, Paul, Peter Jr. and Elmer; 2 sisters, Dagmar and Doris. A graveside service and interment will be held at the St. Peters Cemetery in North Luck, WI, on Wednesday, June 24th, at 11:30 a.m., with Rev. Mary Ann Bowman officiating. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck, Wisconsin assisted with funeral arrangements. For information call 715-472-2444.

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