Mrs. Boese was born in Copiague, NY, on January 21, 1926 to Marion (Schmitz) Drake and Lawrence Erwood Drake. Her family moved to Amityville, NY, where her mother ran a well-known boarding house, even hosting for a time expatriates from World War II, European poet W.H. Auden and composer Benjamin Britton.
Throughout the war Mrs. Boese and her mother worked at Republic Aviation, building many of the fighter planes used in the European Theater. In 1946 she married Henry Petersen, which ended in divorce, and in 1955 married George Boese, both of whom predeceased her.
In 1971 Mrs. Boese purchased Fieldstone Lodge in Newfane and moved her family to the compound built in 1932 by Charles K. Field, a well-known radio personality known as “Cheerio.” Continuing the family tradition, Mrs. Boese took to operating it as a guesthouse. With her warm, outgoing nature Marion created a welcoming environment that resulted in many return guests, particularly during the fall hunting seasons. The “Lodge” as it came to be known, served as a focal point for many friends of her children and was a frequent host for graduation and cast parties.
Mrs. Boese also ran a child care center at the Lodge for many years, and she became an integral part of many children growing up in the West River Valley. Never one to be still, she purchased a home in Atlantic, NC, and operated a bed and breakfast which became a focal point for socializing and good cheer.
In 1994 Mrs. Boese moved back to Newfane to care for her ailing mother, Marion Chaffee, of Hobby Hill Lodge, ensuring her mother’s ability to live out her days in the comfort of her own home.
Mrs. Boese leaves behind a sister, Alida Wicks, of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; four children, Edward, of Lebanon, NH, Maryann, of Newfane, James, of New York, NY, and Melanie, of Vernon; four granddaughters, Alex, Rebecca, Julia, and Claire; three great-grandchildren, Lilly, Mallory, and Jack; countless children through her years of day care, and exceptional friends, particularly Sally Winchester.
Mrs. Boese was predeceased by her eldest son, Drake Petersen, and her brothers, Lawrence and Richard.
Calling hours will be Saturday, September 30, from 4 to 6 pm at Atamaniuk Funeral Home, 40 Terrace Street, Brattleboro. A celebration of life will be held October 1, 2017 at 2 pm at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Avenue, Brattleboro, with a reception following at the Brattleboro Country Club, 348 Upper Dummerston Road.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that gifts be made in Mrs. Boese’s name to Grace Cottage Hospital. Memorial gifts may be made online or sent to Grace Cottage Foundation, PO Box 1, Townshend, VT 05353.
To sign an online guestbook with messages of condolence visit www.atamaniuk.com.