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John G. Boehm, a retired language teacher at Williamsville South High School, died Friday (Dec. 24, 1999) in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a long illness. He was 81.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up on Crescent Avenue and was the youngest of four children in his family. Boehm was a 1936 graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and graduated cum laude from St. Bonaventure University with a degree in German in 1940. Upon his graduation, he received an Army ROTC commission as a lieutenant.

During World War II, Boehm was first stationed in Missouri and later served as a special services officer with the 8th Air Force, based in England.

After the war, he returned to Buffalo to complete his education. He began his teaching career at the University of Buffalo and Amherst Central School District. In 1951, he joined the growing Williamsville district, where he taught German, Latin and English. There, he also coordinated the audiovisual program for many years. Boehm retired from teaching in 1981.

In retirement, he was a volunteer at the Skilled Nursing Facility at Kenmore Mercy Hospital and later the Kathryn McCauley Residence, where he was named Volunteer of the Year. Boehm enjoyed conversing in German with some of the elderly German-born patients at the nursing home.

Boehm served as an usher at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda for more than 40 years and was a member of its Holy Name Society. He also was a member of Williamsville Retired Teachers.

He and his childhood sweetheart, Anne McPoland, were married in 1948 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary during a party with friends and family in 1998.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, John of Amherst and David of Saratoga Springs, and two grandsons.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Shrine of St. John Neumann Chapel, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Prayers will be said at 9:15 in C. Mertz & Son Funeral Home, 911 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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