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Carroll M. Boeder

October 3, 1930 — October 22, 2023

Carroll Mae Boeder, age 93, passed away on October 22, 2023, while surrounded by family and friends. She was born October 3, 1930 to Sharon, North Dakota farmers, Alf and Elvira Rue, where she learned the value of hard work, simple pleasures, frugality, and family. Her education began in a one-room schoolhouse, and led to a nursing degree in 1951, with a career that included mental health treatment of WWII veterans and patient discharge planning.


Carroll married Robert (Bob) Boeder in 1953. They moved to Indianapolis shortly after, then to Minneapolis in 1956, Miami in 1968, returning to Minneapolis two years later. Carroll devoted her time and attention during these years to family, raising four very active children. She organized family activities and vacations, trips to relatives, and lake cabin life. Her home-cooked meals were appreciated by all—her family lefse recipe was passed down to the children and grandchildren. And she stayed involved in church and community volunteer work.


In 1978 the family moved to Oshkosh to open a Burger King franchise, with Carroll returning to nursing work to help support the family, while the business eventually grew to eight restaurants.


Carroll’s later years were spent wintering in Florida, travelling, entertaining family and friends, and writing and publishing a touching memoir, Seasons of My Life. Active well into her 80s, she enjoyed camping, biking, golfing, skiing, and spending time with Oshkosh friends.


 Carroll is survived by her children: Wendy (Dave) Shoemaker, James (Lisa), Polly (Chuck) Wischow, and Paul; 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Ken (Ardy) Rue. 


She was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara (Ralph) Hoehne.


The family extends a special thank you to the compassionate and skilled staff of ShareHaven at Evergreen and AseraCare hospice.


For service details please call the funeral home for more information. (920)231-1510

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