Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Saturday, March 04, 2006 at 11:23:28 :
Friday, Feb. 8, 1952
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Mercedes Boeken Dies
Member of Old Marin Family
Death came late yesterday to Mrs. Mercedes Pacheco Boeken, one of Marin’s most outstanding women and member of one of California’s oldest Spanish families. Her great-grandfather came to California as an infant with his parents in the 1776 de Anza expedition.
She died following a long illness at the family home on Rancho de San Jose, granted to her grandfather, Ygnacio Pacheco, by the Mexican government in 1838.
Expressions of deep sorrow for Mrs. Boeken’s death and messages telling of the high esteem for her have come from distinguished people throughout California. Her associates and former pupils during her 26 years at San Rafael High School mourn the loss of a brilliant woman, wonderful mentor, and kind friend.
Mrs. Boeken joined the high school faculty in 1921. At first she was secretary to Oliver R. Hartzell, high school principal and city school superintendent. Later she became head of the high school commercial department, a position she held until 1946 when she retired.
Because she was a valuable member of the faculty she was urged to return. She served half time for one year, then retired to private life.
From Superintendent Hartzell came this statement today.
“Mrs. Boeken was one of the outstanding personalities in our school, was admired by our students, and was a leader in the faculty. Her students were well-trained, and became notable successes in commercial fields.
“She will be long remembered because of her friendly attitude toward her students, her practical instruction, her kindness and understanding. She was a wonderful person.”
Mrs. Boeken’s knowledge of California and Marin county history, combined with her Spanish background and mastery of the language, made her a highly valuable member of the Marin Historical Society. She was a charter member.
Her grandfather, Ygnacio Pacheco, was the son of Bortolo (Bartolome) Pacheco who was brought to California by his Spanish parents in 1776 with the de Anza expedition.
Ygnacio Pacheco became an officer at the San Francisco Presidio. For his services to the Mexican government he was granted 6,659.25 acres of land in Marin county. He named the rancho San Jose for his birthplace.
When he first came to Marin in 1834 he became an alcalde. He received the grant four years later and built a large and imposing adobe structure at what is now known as Ignacio.
Mrs. Boeken’s father, Gumensindo Pacheco, was for many years a Marin county supervisor. He built the large house on the rancho, which remains as the family home today.
She was born in Nicasio, where the family had large holdings, and was brought up before the turn of the century in Marin county. Her mother, the former Rosa Tanforan, also was a member of a pioneer California family.
Mrs. Boeken’s husband, Marcus Boeken, was a San Francisco businessman. He died many years ago.
Surviving Mrs. Boeken are a sister, Mrs. Abigail T. Rowland; and two brothers, Thomas T. Pacheco of Ignacio and Joseph B. Pacheco of San Rafael.
Funeral will be held Monday at 9:15 a.m. from Keaton’s mortuary, San Rafael, with Requiem High Mass at 9:30 at St. Raphael’s church. Interment will be in the family plot at Mt. Olivet cemetery, San Rafael.
Rosary will be recited Sunday at 8 p.m. at the mortuary.
A Death Notice in the same paper mentions her deceased brother, Paul G. Pacheco.
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