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Soenke George Boysen

Soenke George Boysen, 84, succumbed to metastatic melanoma and leukemia on Jan. 8, 2006. He was born May 25, 1921, on the Isle of Fohr, Germany, to Christian and Caroline Boysen. In 1923, Soenke and his mother came from Germany to join his father in the Petaluma Liberty District in California. As a younger man, he was a volunteer firefighter with the Penngrove Fire District. He began school in Wilson District and graduated from Petaluma High School in 1939. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.He was employed by Poultry Producers of Central California and Nulaid Foods from January 1946 to his retirement in August of 1983.An avid reader, Soenke was rarely seen without some type of book in his hand. His garden was also important to him. Vegetables, fruit trees and berries were always in abundance. His roses outlined the lawn and native plants were assigned their portion of the property. A music lover, Soenke always enjoyed an opera or symphony as well as a tenor or soprano solo.Soenke and Harriet made yearly trips to Kauai starting in 1972, as well as many cruises and trips to Germany.He will be deeply missed, especially by his family and countless friends, for his ever-present smile and witty sense of humor.Soenke is survived by his wife, Harriet; children Carolyn (Ned) Barron, of New Castle, Barbara (John) Reichardt, Tom (Patti) Boysen; six grandchildren including Lisa Martinez, of Glenwood Springs, and Nicole Zoellick, of Parachute; 11 great-grandchildren including Ian and Jordan Martinez, of Silt, and Breanna Zoellick, of Parachute; one great-great-grandson; and sisters Elsie Curtis, Dorothy Danise and Inge Marie Luiz.Preceded in death by his former wife Peggy and grandchild Kelly Whitten.Friends are invited to attend a celebration of Soenke’s life at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the HermannSons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma, Calif. Donations may be made in his name to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran St., Petaluma, CA. Family assisted by Parent-Sorensen Mortuary and Crematory.


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