– Shirley Jane Boehlke (Overbaugh) gained her angel wings suddenly
on May 31, 2021, at home. She was born on October 21, 1935, in
Schenectady, NY to Clarence Overbaugh and Evelyn (Edward) Rowe (Joslin).
She lost her father, Clarence, at a young age. Her mother married
Edward Rowe and he raised her as his own. She married the love of
her life, Orville, on October 4th, 1953. They settled in Ravena and
raised four children.
Shirley had a few different jobs in her life. She drove school bus
for many years and was immensely proud of it. She worked at the
Altamont Fair in the office alongside her family. Shirley worked for
the Town of Coeymans as the Deputy Town Clerk and retired from the
town as the Confidential Secretary to the supervisor. Shirley
enjoyed camping, traveling, bowling, crocheting and knitting. Her
family meant everything to her and could usually be found gathered
at her home on Sunday’s enjoying her home cooked meals. She enjoyed
attending all her children, grandchildren and great grand children’s
events and activities. Shirley enjoyed bowling with her friends
and past on that love to her children and grandchildren. She
traveled all over the state competing in bowling tournaments with
her team. Shirley and Orville loved to travel and went everywhere.
From camping trips out west with their four children to cruises and
bus trips. She travelled until her health would not allow it. She
loved to crochet and knit blankets, sweaters, bonnets, booties and
mittens and would do so for any new baby that was arriving in her
family. In December 2019 she came to live with her granddaughter,
Aileen, and her family in Knox, NY. She enjoyed spending the last
year and a half of her life watching her first great, great
granddaughter, Saliah, grow.
Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Orville P. Boehlke, her son,
Lance R. Boehlke, her parents, Clarence Overbaugh and Evelyn and
Edward Rowe, her sister and brother-in-law, Roberta and Reid
Northrup, her sister, Patricia Rapp, and an infant grandson.
Shirley is survived by her daughter, Shirley “Lee” J. (Stephen)
Fourman, her sons, Orville P. Boehlke Jr. and Edward G. (Darcy)
Boehlke, her daughter-in-law, Ronna Smith, her brother and
sister-in-law, Ray and Patricia Overbaugh, her brother-in-law,
Richard Rapp, her grandchildren: Michael(Christina) Fourman, Jason
Fourman, Christopher(Debra) Fourman, Edward Boehlke Jr.,
Orville(Jennifer) Boehlke III, Adam Smith, Daniel Smith,
Aileen(Joshua) Gebe, Tanya(Joshua) Velonis and Joshua(Jenna) Boehlke.
As well as 28 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter,
many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A small, private viewing will be held at Babcock Funeral
home in Ravena, NY with a burial service to follow for her family
and close friends. She will eternally be laid to rest at the South
Berne Cemetery with her husband. The Family would like to thank the
first responders who came in her hour of need and for doing all that
they could for Shirley.