December 23, 1925 – September 12, 2019
Ursula Anna Pauline Boeker, “Mrs Ferdie” slipped away peacefully, hands together, on September 12, 2019 in Kamloops. Born in Hamburg Dec. 23, 1925, Ursula’s first eight years was a time of meager provisions, lost financial stability and night to night radical combative political chaos, Ursula was destined to be a survivor.
Ursula was daughter number three of four Marga, Irma and Gerda. Baptised and confirmed in the Lutheran Church the family was stable and had a loving home. Attending technical school Ursula learnt bookkeeping, shorthand and office management. Leading to a job at Katco Tabac a story in itself.
On March 25, 1948 Ursula married Ferdie Boeker, starting a family with the birth of Lutz on July 20, 1950. Being young and adventurous, Ursula lived the classic Canadian immigrant story with a suitcase full of hope and ambition with Lutzie in hand arrived at Halifax pier 21 on January 29, 1954. Taking a six day train trip arrived at Telkwa working in the bush at camp for Fritz Pfeifer Logging as a bull cook.
Moved to Ootsa Lake in 1960, where Ferdie and Bill Petkau built a house with hammer and handsaw for Alcan Spillway under Don Piper and all the little pipers supervision.
In 1961, Ferdie and Ursula established Ferdie’s Building Supplies with a 60,000 loan which thrived until sold in 1995. Ursula never forgot their first big customer Harold Nicolas from Washington State, who sent a lengthy building material order paid in advance, it was like winning the lottery and a boost of confidence, Harold’s letter still safely treasured.
Best times were spent at the Francois Lake Cabin and flying to and fishing Eutsak, Tesla, Musclow and Chief Louie Lakes.
Ursula’s friendships were often based around playing bridge, whist, skat and cribbage who was a great sport and the main purpose wasn’t winning but being together. Ursula did crossword puzzles most of her life always in pen rarely a missed word or scratch out. An amazing memory for historical dates and peoples birthdays. Always organized in her home and with business affairs.
Tried to be philosophical and positive during the most trying times. Ursula lived well and against all odds beating cancer in 1968, a 50 year survivor.
Ursula is survived by two sisters Irma Blanc Comox and Gerda Irving, Olds AB, son Vero, daughter-in-law Brenda, Grandson Chris, Granddaughter Hannah. Predeceased by Husband Ferdie, son Lutz and grandson Lutz F. Boeker.
Thanks to all the wonderful compassionate help in the last few years at the Royal Inland Hospital and Overlander Extended Care in Kamloops.
Condolences may be sent to the family from
Kamloops Funeral Home
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