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Beth Bohlsen

Beth P. Bohlsen, 76, died in her sleep Nov. 17, 2013, in Cincinnati.

Beth P. Bohl-sen was born Oct. 16, 1937, to the late Harrison (“Harry”) A. and Isabelle E. (Hopkins) Parent, both originally from near Antwerp, Ohio. Beth grew up at her parents’ home at 1110 Lincoln Highway in New Haven and graduated from New Haven High School in 1955. She then attended Hanover College, where she met her husband, Thomas A. Bohlsen (Hanover ’57), who preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 2012.

Beth graduated from Hanover in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in education.

Beth married Tom on July 11, 1959, and together they then moved to Tehran, Iran, to teach English and other subjects to Iranian students, until their return to the U.S. in 1961. They then moved to Greenwood and remained residents of Greenwood for the rest of their lives.

Beth taught third grade at Isom Elementary in Greenwood until her children, T. Tad Bohlsen (1964), and N. Nan Dill (1966) were born, and then became a homemaker for her family.

Beth was a very active follower of Christ, helping Tom with the initial startup of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, both nationally and in Indiana in the 1950s and 1960s, and holding on her own many adult and youth Bible studies through the years, often in her and Tom’s home.

Even after Tom’s retirement from teaching and coaching in 1992, and then from his work as commissioner for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2008, Beth was constantly seeking out, encouraging and loving young and old wherever and however she could, touching countless lives in her journey here.

Beth is survived by her loving sisters and brother, Jill Howell (married to Jay) of Fort Wayne, Joan Hermann (married to Dale) of New Haven, J. Rex Parent (married to Connie, maiden name Tuttle) of Fort Wayne, and her children, Tad (married to Vicki, maiden name Wilson) Bohlsen of Fishers and Nan (married to Jon) Dill of Mariemont, Ohio.

She so enjoyed being with her grandchildren, Grace, Abe and Rose Bohlsen, children of Tad and Vicki, and Noah, Jonah and Ethan Dill, children of Jon and Nan, who all look forward to being together with their Nana Baba (Beth) and Grandpa Bochie (Tom) again in their joyous resurrection.

Beth loved the Lord Jesus Christ, her parents, her dear faithful husband of 54 years, her two blessed children and their chosen spouses, and her precious six grandchildren.

Her immediate extended family and all her other relatives also meant so much to her, as equally did her wonderful friends near and far … she kept in touch with so many.

She also loved this country and the blood, sweat and tears so many have shed through its history to keep its citizens safe and free and hopeful and productive and wise.

Her deep hope and real belief was that after we all fulfill God’s Eartly plan for us — we will all be gifted by the Trinity to meet, greet (hug), and share (talk) and glorify the One and Only Father, Son and Holy Ghost (Three in One) in Heaven — and there continue to glorify Him and fulfill His plan for us forever in eternity.

Beth’s first calling will be 2 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service, Greenwood 481 W. Main St. Greenwood. There will also be a short calling from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Vineyard Community Church, 512 S. Madison Ave., Greenwood. A celebration service for Beth’s resurrection will be from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Vineyard Community Church.

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