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. They picked River Falls after looking between Amery and Red Wing, Minn., because River Falls had a university and a “small-town atmosphere.” After moving, Paul Boettcher, a barbershop singer, was able to join the St. Croix Valley chapter of the Croix Chordsmen. The couple attends Luther Memorial Church.
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