Obituaries
Margaret Metz Boettger

Margaret Metz Boettger, age 79, of Lehigh Acres, passed away January 29, 2009, in Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center. Born August 15, 1929, in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of Gertrude May Allison and David Albert Lippy. She was preceded in death by her first-born, Thomas Alan, in infancy. Surviving are: Husband, Ralph Edward Boettger; Jamie (Clifford) Cole of Aiken, SC; Ralph Davidson (Lynn) Boettger of Ithaca, NY; Lisa Anne Culver of Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandchildren Allison Elizabeth Boettger, Scott Benjamin Boettger, Clifford Marshall Cole, Garrett Marshall Cole, Kenneth Edward Culver, and Melissa Margaret Culver.

Having recently celebrated 61 years of marriage, she was wed before her 18th birthday in Medford, NJ. Her life included living on a ship for a number of months when her husband was port engineer for Trailerships, Inc.; 35 years in Levittown and 25 years in Woodcrest Village, Lehigh Acres. In Levittown she was a youth director and directed many variety shows at the Levittown Community Church. Also in Levittown she was president of the PTA, a water safety instructor and a synchronized swimming instructor. In the New York area, she served on the original committee to establish synchronized swimming in the Olympics. Margaret, along with George Columbo and Bill Mattor, put on water shows in the Levittown pools, and together they established the Levittown Swimming Association. She was also a Girl Scout leader. Margaret put on shows for Newsday employees' Christmas parties. Her husband Ralph was employed by Newsday for 35 years. Margaret was an accomplished artist and ceramist. For many years she taught art and ceramics at her store, Kiln Korner, Ceramic Studio in East Meadow.

For a time she was a traveling teacher for art paint manufacturers, and traveled the United States and Canada, demonstrating their products. As a traveling teacher, she was rated as a "master teacher" in the ceramics field. In Lehigh Acres, she was president of the now defunct Friendship Forum, and produced or directed many plays and productions. Later, over a 15-year period, she narrated many productions of the Lehigh Acres Concert Association, most memorably a Patriotic Concert on Veterans Day of 2001 (just after 9/11), which included selections by the Lehigh Acres Concert Chorus, Lehigh Acres Concert Bank, soloists, and her original narration. Margaret was a member of "Decorative Artists of Southwest Florida" for 25 years and was recently honored with a Lifetime Membership. She opened her home to her sister for many years, and to her father and cared for him in his waning years. Children and grandchildren say she made the best chocolate chip cookies in the world. She often entertained many children as a puppeteer. When she chose the location of her home in Woodcrest Village, she insisted on a Western exposure to enjoy the sunsets. Private ceremonies have been observed. Memorial contributions for the Lehigh Acres Hope Hospice may be made in her memory. Later this year, Margaret's ashes will be dispersed in the Gulf of Mexico.


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