Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother Susan Margaret Boedeker passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving husband and daughter, at the age of 82 on Tuesday, January 27th, 2021 at home in Torrance, CA. Susan was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on November 6th, 1938 to Benoni and Genevieve Franks. Susan and her sister, Harriet Ann, were raised together in St. Louis, and moved to California when Sue was 11-years-old.
At the young age of 19, Sue met the love of her life, Len, 20, as they shared a Speech class at Cal State Long Beach. After their first date, Sue told her mom that Len is the type of guy you want to marry. Within 2 years, Sue was right, they were married on December 26th 1958 and began their life together.
Both Len and Sue served in the Redondo Beach Unified School District, while raising two children, Leonard Jr., and Kelly. Sue began her career as a general education teacher, once graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills with a bachelor’s degree in education. Sue later transitioned to an emphasis in special education after getting a master’s in special education also at Cal State Dominguez Hills. She eventually ended as program specialist, before she retired from the school district. During her career in education, Sue was honored as an LA County teacher of the year in 1991-1992. Sue was loved and admired by everyone she interacted with, students and colleagues alike.
Sue’s passions were endless, she loved God and serving in hospitality for her local church. She enjoyed spending lots of time with her children and grandchildren, teaching them how to garden and cook. She started the tradition of making homemade cinnamon rolls with her children and grandchildren for Christmas, which is still continued today. She and Len loved to travel, always making time for their anniversary trip up to San Luis Obispo. Len always said she was a wonderful wife and mother.
Susan is survived by her husband of 62 years, Leonard Boedeker, and two children, Leonard Boedeker, Jr., and Kelly Kobel, as well as her 10 grandchildren. Services will be private. Because Susan passed away from Alzheimer’s, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, where you may also share memories.