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One way Joyce Boettcher connects with hospice patients is by reading to them. When she was 27 and living in a small rural Iowa town, Boettcher took in her mother who was dying of ovarian cancer. A network of friends and neighbors gave her much-need breaks from caregiving duties. For three years before retiring, she was associate dean at the College of Education and Human Services at UW-Oshkosh. She and husband Paul moved to River Falls in 2000 to be closer to their grandchildren who lived in St. Paul. Th...

Hospice volunteering: Giving, receiving

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BALDWIN -- Reading has been important to Joyce Boettcher of River Falls for many years -- first as a teacher, then as a hospice volunteer.

As a College of Education professor at UW-Oshkosh, Boettcher taught courses for reading disabilities and preparing future teachers to work with children.

Before that, she taught at the University of Iowa and ran its children's reading clinic.

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