Milestones

Julia Catherine Boettcher   
Julia Catherine (Ripple) Boettcher, 102, died on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Wake Robin in Shelburne, Vt. surrounded by her loving and supportive family. The daughter of Dr. Ray Calvin Ripple and Emma (Wilhelm) Ripple, she was born in Hopkinton, Iowa on Sept. 11, 1914.

After graduating from Upper Iowa University, Catherine was a teacher and education administrator until her marriage to Raymond Frederick Boettcher on June 30, 1939. The couple became residents of Austin, Minn., where Mr. Boettcher was associated with the Hormel Foods Corporation.

Catherine was involved in community affairs, including the Austin Congregational Church, League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, Eastern Star, PEO, Art and Study Club, Girl Scouts, and others. She supported them with her time, energy, and enthusiasm. She started out with a Brownie Troop and remained their leader, with most meetings in her home, until some of those girls earned their Gold Bars.

Catherine was interested in many things. While in high school, she took elocution lessons and entered Declamatory Contests, and was on the basketball team; in college, she was a member of the Debate Team and several music groups. Music was always an important part of her life. She studied voice in high school and in college and sang in small groups, choruses and did solo work for many years. She sang in church choirs most of her life.

She was an avid golfer. She experienced one hole-in-one and she won her club championship two times. She was a computer user and enjoyed correspondence with friends all over the country. She had a glider ride for her 80th birthday. She worked crossword puzzles daily and was an avid reader. She enjoyed people and parties and she entertained easily and well.

Mr. and Mrs. Boettcher moved to Wake Robin in Shelburne, Vt. in 1993, and Catherine continued to be active, was a leader in the community, and was Chair of the Social Committee for seven years. She was a member of the Charlotte Congregational Church and a PEO.

Catherine is survived by her three daughters: Susan and her husband W.W. Hubley III of Sarasota, Fla. and Wells, Vt.; Nancy and her husband William Heaslip of Bolivia, N.C.; and Cathy Boettcher Young and Michael Courtney of Forest Hill, Md. Also surviving are eight grandchildren: Stacy (Hubley) Williams and her husband Christopher Williams; W.W. Hubley IV and his wife Karen Hubley; Sarah Heaslip Whitelaw and her husband David Whitelaw; Emily Heaslip Kozub; Catherine Young Soler and her husband Brian Soler; Abigail Young; Leah Courtney McVey and her husband Pat McVey; and Kevin Courtney. There are also eight great-grandchildren: Nathan and Evan Williams; Charlie and Maggie Whitelaw; Ava Kozub; Jack and Parker Hubley; and Toby Soler.

The family wishes to express their appreciation for the loving care Catherine received from the Wake Robin staff and for the many kindnesses of residents.

A Circle of Remembrance will be held at Wake Robin at a later date. Those who wish, may make memorial gifts to the Wake Robin Aquatic Center.


 

William Carey Hogan, Jr.
William Carey Hogan, Jr.

William Carey Hogan, Jr. died peacefully on Nov. 17 from complications of emphysema. He is survived by his cherished wife Ann Louise. He is also survived by his children Pamela Hogan Simos and her husband Mark of Arlington, Mass.; William C. Hogan, III and Will’s children Liam and Tara of Montclair, N.J.; Gregory Hogan of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Justin Hogan and his wife Alyssa, newly resettled in Burlington, Vt., as well as stepdaughters Lisa McNamara and her children Charlotte and Darcy Hughes of West Hartford, Conn.; Emily McNamara of Boston, Mass., and Sarah McNamara of Essex Center, Vt., as well as his sister Patricia and brother Richard Hogan both of Neptune, N.J., and Richard’s close knit family.

Bill was born in 1935 in Neptune, N.J., the eldest son of deeply religious parents forced by the Great Depression to leave behind roots in North Carolina and build a new life for themselves on the boardwalk communities of the Jersey Shore. Distinguished early by his intelligence and work ethic, Bill was accepted to Harvard College (‘57) where he first saw Ann Louise Greep (Radcliffe ‘57) but it was not until their mutual 25th reunion in 1982 that the romance began in earnest. They married in 1987 and moved to Shelburne, Vt.

Bill was an innovative entrepreneur and business consultant, starting Hogan-Harry & Co., Inc. in Boston in 1957 and serving multiple companies after moving to Vermont in 1971. An active and founding member of both the Anglican Communion in North America and his local church St. Timothy Anglican Mission, Bill was a devoted Christian who practiced his faith as a tireless cheerleader for young people and as a builder of the bonds of community in the Champlain Valley or on Facebook. He devoted tremendous energy to the local shelter for homeless men and women, ANEW Place, where he served in many capacities over the years, including a stint as Chairman of the Board. He also welcomed and took a keen interest in the successful resettlement of the so-called “Lost Boys of South Sudan” into the fabric of life in Vermont.

He was perhaps happiest sailing with Ann aboard the “Loon” on Lake Champlain or when surrounded by family and close friends at his dining room table. Regardless of setting, he was an unflaggingly generous and gracious host to the very end. Bill was a man defined in part by his many enthusiasms which included: all things Apple, backyard bird watching, music and theater, Harvard, the GOP, peach pie, the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren, but above all his beloved wife, Ann. Bill Hogan felt blessed by life and lived it to the fullest. Bill will be missed by all who knew him.

Calling hours will be Friday, Nov. 25 from 2 to 4pm at Faith United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 26 at 1pm at Faith United Methodist Church, 899 Dorset Street, South Burlington, followed by internment at Shelburne Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ANEW Place, P.O. Box 1481, Burlington, Vt.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Ready Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 261 Shelburne Rd. Burlington, Vt. 05401. Please visit www.readyfuneral.com to place on-line condolences.

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