Anna Louise (Proff) Beorsma
September 4, 1913 ~ September 25, 2013
Anna Louise (Proff) Boersma passed away peacefully at the age of 100, on Wednesday September 25, 2013 at the Maple Lodge in Wenatchee, WA. Anna “Anne” was born September 4, 1913 to Peter and Emma (Mundt) Proff on the family wheat ranch near Rosalia, WA. She was the second of three children and had an idyllic childhood in the country. She began her education in a one room school near her home and then attended and graduated from Rosalia High School. She furthered her education at Washington State College, now WSU, graduating with a degree in Vocational Home Economics. Anne began her teaching career in the Yakima Valley. She met Henry “Hank” Boersma while they were both teaching in Toppenish, WA. They were married in Crown Point, IN in 1941. In 1944 they settled in Ephrata, WA to open the International Harvester dealership, as the Columbia Basin was opening up for farming with the completion of Grand Coulee Dam. Daughters, Suzanne and Kathleen were born there. Anne went back into teaching in 1959 and taught Home Economics at Ephrata Junior High until her retirement in 1974. Upon retirement she and Hank moved to Yakima, where they lived for the next 20 years. In 1993, they relocated to Wenatchee and the apartments of Colonial Vista. Their retirement continued to be a most enjoyable time for them both. Anne and Hank were together until 2001, when Hank passed away at the age of 90. Anne remained in her Colonial Vista apartment until 2007, when she became a resident of Colonial Vista Assisted Living. In 2012, she moved to the Maple Lodge Adult Family Home in Wenatchee.
Anne enjoyed being a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, Eastern Star and PEO. Her greatest pleasure came from teaching and to this day, many of her former students remember the homemaking and sewing skills she taught them. While living at Colonial Vista, Anne enjoyed many activities, especially volunteering in one of their business offices, which she did for over eight years. In 2008, she was named Colonial Vista Resident of the Year.
Anne is survived by her two daughters, Suzanne Quinn (Martin) and Kathleen Alexander (Roy); her two grandchildren, Suzanne’s daughter, Julia McNamara (Ben Roy) and Kathleen’s son, Jeremy; her two great-granddaughters, Hannah and Emily born to Julia and Ben.
The family wishes to thank mom’s dear friend, Anne Herrmann, for all the loving attention she gave to her over the past eleven years. The family is most appreciative to the special staff at the Maple Lodge Adult Family Home for the exceptional care and love they gave to mom this last year. The family would also like to thank all the special friends, family and amazing caregivers who touched mom’s life with friendship, caring and love. She held you all so dearly in her heart and memory.
A Private Family Burial was held Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Terrace Heights in Yakima, WA.