Birgid Monika BoeszeSeptember 13, 1943 ~ November 16, 2017 (age 74)
After more than a two-year valiant struggle with esophageal cancer and its devastating after effects, Birgid passed away peacefully surrounded by her husband and daughters on 16 November 2017 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Born in Fulda, Germany, Birgid was a competitive swimmer in her youth, an avid skier who loved the mountains all her life, an enthusiastic tennis player and a natural crack shot. Fluent in German, English and French, she was training to become a simultaneous translator at the United Nations when she met Laszlo Boesze, a US Army Officer, stationed in her home town. They married one year later in 1965. She was a devoted wife and mother who embraced a married life that included postings at Fort Dix (New Jersey), West Point (New York), Munich (Germany), Fort Meade (Maryland), the US Embassy in Vienna (Austria) and finally back to the Washington D.C. area. Wherever she was, she created a loving home and was noted as an impressive hostess with a keen interest in politics, economics, and who could always be counted on for an informed point of view on her favorite sports. She was a gracious lady with a steel core who was at ease with everyone and unintentionally charmed whomever she met. She was humble, kind and helpful. Those who met her, never forgot her.
She doted on all her grandchildren and was devastated that her premature death would deprive her from participating in the early formative years of the two youngest: Francis Grace and Jonah.
Her regular afternoon German ladies 'Kaffee klatsches' of many years and the weekly tennis sessions with a mixed bunch of tennis afficionados (until they all stopped being young) were very dear to her.
She was the heart and soul of her family and leaves behind a huge void. She is mourned by Laszlo, her husband of 52 years; their daughters Eva, Astrid, and Ildiko; their respective husbands/partners Alix Leconte, Guy Hayward, and Michael Faibisch; and her respective grandchildren Jonah, Josephine/Nevan/Frances Grace, and Quincy.
Her urn will be taken to her home town Fulda in the Spring of 2018 and she will receive her last farewell there from her family, relatives, old friends and classmates, and acquaintances.
She gave until she could give no more.
She fought until she could fight no more.
A bright light has been extinguished much too soon. She will be dearly missed by many.
A Memorial Mass will be held at the Chapel of St. Nicholas Church, Laurel, Maryland on Tuesday, 12 December 2017, at 0930.