Cathi Boegeman

Cathi Boegeman, of Prior Lake, passed away January 10, 2020 at the age of 71.  A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM.  Mass of Christian Burial is Friday, January 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM with visitation from 9:30 – 10:45 AM.  All services will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church (16311 Duluth Ave. SE) in Prior Lake.  Cathi will be laid to rest at Credit River Cemetery in Prior Lake.

Kathleen Marie McNeil was born to Vernon and Earline (Tully) McNeil on June 10, 1948.  The McNeil family had a home on Spring Lake.  Cathi loved growing up in the Prior Lake area with her sisters, Coleen and Theresa.  Cathi spent her summers on the family farm in North Dakota where she enjoyed going to dances and hanging out with her cousins.

While Cathi was attending Prior Lake High School, she met a handsome young man by the name of Don Boegeman who went to the near by Lakeville High School. They were friends for many years and began dating when Cathi was in Nursing School. In September 1968, Don asked Cathi to marry him.  They exchanged wedding vows at St. Michael’s Catholic Church on December 21, 1968.  The wedding was a memorable one – topped off with a blizzard that made the trip home from the reception at the Carver Ballroom mighty interesting!

Don and Cathi settled in Credit River near the Boegeman family farm and started their own family.  In 1976, they built their current home in the Creekwood neighborhood (Prior Lake).  During this time, they were also blessed with four wonderful children – Dean, Scott, Leslie and Katie.

Living close to family had its advantages.  Don and Cathi packed up the kids most Sundays and headed down the road to the farm to attend the weekly Boegeman family dinner.  It wasn’t uncommon to have 50-60 people at these meals!  It was something they all looked forward to.  Cathi quickly became the family nurse, and everyone went to her for colds, sprains, bumps, or bruises.  She was a wonderful caregiver and was always happy to help and lend her expertise.

Cathi held her relationship with her sisters near and dear to her heart.  Cathi, Coleen and Theresa were more like best friends and shared many common interests.  They were always willing to exchange a good book, work on the next big puzzle and of course go out for a good meal!  The sisters loved raising their kids alongside each other.

A special place for Cathi was the Boegeman Family Cabin in Big Lake, MN.  There were many fond memories made each summer, and the Fourth of July was highly celebrated there.  There was never a lack of people or good times.  Cathi’s favorite things about the cabin included the bonfires, playing cards and dominos, watching the kids swim and enjoying a good book by the lake.

As an LPN, Cathi spent many years in the nursing field.  She first worked at a local doctor’s office in Prior Lake and then spent 10 years at Mala Strana in New Prague.  In the late 80’s, Cathi went back to school and obtained her Associate’s Degree.  She then became a claims adjuster for Blue Cross Blue Shield where she made many great friends.  Cathi retired from BCBS after 27 years.

Retirement allowed Cathi and Don to spend their winters in Cape Coral, FL.  They always made sure that the homes they rented for the month had plenty of room for visitors.  Their kids, the grandkids, their siblings and friends were always welcome.  Cathi enjoyed sharing this home away from home with those she loved.

Cathi had many special friends.  She enjoyed telling stories about her travel adventures with them and the laughs they had while playing cards or dominos.  It was never a problem for Cathi to find a friend to see a movie or go out for lunch!

Cathi had many hobbies. She was passionate about genealogy and volunteered at the Scott County Historical Society.  Her love of research took Cathi and Don to Ireland several times.  Her favorite part of those trips was visiting the places where the Ryan family originated, as she was incredibly proud of her family’s Irish heritage.  Cathi was an avid reader and frequently was found reading multiple books concurrently.  She enjoyed crocheting and shared her talents by making blankets for many of the new babies in the family and prayer shawls for the church.  Cathi looked forward to attending the Minnesota State Fair every year, where she and Don ate their way around the grounds and checked out all of the buildings.

Cathi had many interests, but the most important thing in her life was her family.  She was a wonderful wife to Don for 51 years.  Cathi was a loving mother and the BEST grandma!  She adored all of her grandkids and made each of them feel like they were her favorite.  She was at every school and sporting event, dance recital, musical production and even worked her schedule to be part of pictures with the kids before all of the important school dances.  Whether it was hosting family in Florida or just going out for dinner at the Ranchero Supper Club (her favorite restaurant), Cathi loved being with her family.

Throughout her life, Cathi set a wonderful example for her family.  She never judged others and was not one to gossip.  Her faith was strong and her integrity deep.  Cathi was loving, generous and had the biggest heart.

Cathi will be remembered always by her husband, Don; children, Dean (Carrie) Boegeman, Scott Boegeman, Leslie (Tom) Mahowald, Katie (Jason) Ponsonby; grandkids, Hunter (Sarah), Nate, Kyler, Alyssa, Grace, Addison, Nichole, Sammy; siblings, Coleen (Don) Bohnsack and Theresa (Roger) Boettcher.  Cathi was greeted in Heaven by her parents, Vernon and Earline McNeil.


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  1. Don and Family~we are so sorry for the loss of your wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandma. We have many wonderful memories of Cathi. We all lost a great woman.

    • Patrick and Cheryl Ryan

      Don and family, We are so sorry to hear about Cathi. Our hearts and prayers are with you at this hard time of grieving. Cathi was always a wonderful person to everyone. We are sorry that we can’t be there to celebrate Cathi’s life. Love to you and your family.

      • Curt and Karen Nohrenberg

        Don, and family. We are saddened to hear of Cathy’s passing. We know she was a wonderful caring woman. She will certainly be missed by her family and many friends. May God be with you at this sad time.

  2. Don and family. We were so sad the loss of Cathi. We continue to hold you all in our hearts and our prayers. We will always remember the fun times that we had together the last few years for Frank and I. Camping together, occasional dinners, And then the many visits these last months. My memories go back much further to our high school years. We had so much fun and so many laughs together that I will always cherish. Much love to
    All of you

  3. Don and AJ Silseth

    To Don and family and Coleen and Theresa and your loved ones,
    We were very sorry to hear about the loss of Cathi. Our hearts and thoughts go out to you in these sad times. Though the miles and years between us have been many, there are only fond memories of you and your families.

    Take care,

  4. Kathy Roach Bennett

    Don & Family. My heart aches for you all. Cathi was a very kind & humble person.

  5. Words don’t convey the sorrow I feel for Don and his family.

  6. Ellen Ryan-Krueger

    Don and family. My prayers are yours We all loved Cathi for so many wonderful reasons, and will deeply feel the void that she has left behind. I remember very clearly one person whom absolutely loved Cathi, that being our Mom, Marion (Boegeman) Ryan, Mom couldn’t have loved her more than if she were her own daughter! I know that Mom is joyfully embracing Cathi’s homecoming. May peace be yours very soon.

  7. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Sending you my thoughts, prayers, and much love.

  8. Dorothy & Don Boatman

    Don and family – Our prayers are with all of you at this very sad time.

  9. So sorry for your family’s loss- she was most certainly proud of the kids she raised who will continue the families legacy.

  10. Tim and Steph Strenge

    We are saddened to hear if your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to all.

  11. Cindy and Mike Hennen

    So sorry to lose a classmate and friend.
    Love to you Don and family❤️

  12. My condolences to all of you. May Cathi Rest In Peace.

  13. Luanne Kuboushek

    I am so sorry for your loss of Cathi. You are all in my prayers.

  14. Kathryn Curielli Underwood

    So Sorry On The Loss Of Your Loved One. Sincerely, Kathryn Curielli Underwood ❤️

  15. James & Betty Feist

    Our condolence to the family & prays to u all.

  16. Jeremy and Amy Malheim

    I’m very sorry for your loss.

  17. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Cathy’s family. May she Rest In Peace.

  18. So sorry for your loss

  19. Gwen (Hammers) Olson

    I remember riding the school bus with Cathi. She always had a friendly smile and was very welcoming.
    My condolences to her family and friends.

  20. Patti Melville McFadden

    May she RIP. God bless your family.

  21. Don, Katie, Jason, Nichole and Sam ~

    Our hearts are broken for you. Cathi and Don are like “grandparents” to our kids always cheering them on at soccer games with Nichole and Sam. She was one in a million. May you find Peace knowing she is no longer suffering.
    Hugs to all

  22. Don and family, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of you

  23. Don and family, I am so sorry to hear about Cathi.
    I was lucky to have been one of her classmates.

  24. Rev. Diana Hunstad

    Dearest Don, and Family,
    My prayers are for God’s Peace to come to you in the midst of your grief; for the Promise that is Cathi’s, and yours and mine, to carry you in the days ahead with comfort and hope.

  25. Don & Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Working with Cathi at Blue Cross we had many conversations about our families. Her love and pride were so strong. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  26. Michele Ballstadt

    So very sorry for your families loss. Cathi was an amazing person to work and was well loved at BCBS. May all your cherished memories provide some comfort in this most difficult time. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  27. Bruce & Betty Thomas

    We are so sorry for your loss. We were both classmates of Cathi and enjoyed seeing Cathi and Don at our 50th High School Reunion. I have fond memories of Birthday party’s at Cathi’s house when we were in grade school. Peace be with your Family.

  28. Eileen Loftus Kelly

    Don and Family- So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Eileen Loftus Kelly and Brad Rothnem

  29. Don and family. – Cathi’s story (above) is a beautifully written story of her life and how she treasured her family. So sorry for your loss.
    Jerry Barb Kroyer

  30. Roxanne Ryan Hastings

    Dear Don and family,
    Wishing you peace to bring you comfort,courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
    May God and the caring love and prayers from others help you get through your sorrow.

  31. Out thought and prayers are with Don. We are so sorry for your loss. Mike and Nan Cedarblade

  32. Don I am so sorry for your loss. You both hold a very special place in my heart for always being their for Bruce and Barb. I know Cathi is in heaven wrapped up in Gods arms. My Mom in law passed away and her funeral is at the same time. Know that my prayers and thoughts are with you as you lay Cathi to rest.

  33. So sorry to hear about Cathi. You have been in my thoughts and prayers.
    Katie (Zweber) DeGross

  34. Cathi always held a special place in my heart ! I was very blessed to be able to spend one hour every couple weeks doing her nails to make her feel beautiful and that she was! She was beautiful inside and out !! We always had such wonderful conversation and kept up with each other‘s families which was always so important to her! I will miss her dearly and know that she is with all of her loved ones in heaven even though there are plenty of loved ones here on earth that will miss her dearly! Rest In Peace Cathi and I send all of my love and prayers to her wonderful family .. until we meet again my dear friend, I love you!

  35. Norma and Pete Renneberg

    So very sorry to hear that Cathi has left us. I worked with her and loved every moment. She is a very special lady and will be greatly missed. May God be with your family during this difficult time.

  36. Don& family our prayers and thoughts go out to you Gary and Mary Hartmann

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