Johnetta Marie Bernadette Boulch
Johnetta Marie (Johnnie) Boulch died on May 6, 2022, at her home. She was born January 6, 1951, the third child of John and Constance (Bilello) Boulch. Johnnie quit school on her 16th birthday but soon realized that if she wanted a job that would support her in life, she needed more education. She went on to get her GED and an Associate of Arts degree. After a brief stint working for the FBI in Washington, DC where though she made more money, she could not afford to live in that part of the country. She returned to the Independence area and began worked for the Mobil Oil Credit Card Corporation, the Kansas City MO School District, and DST Output for the remainder of her working career.
Always interested in family history she did extensive research into genealogy on both sides of her family. She was very observant of her surroundings and was very particular about her own property. This led her to notice that many houses and properties in the Independence area were in disrepair, vacant, and cluttered in the older parts of the city. Observing that the crime rate in these areas was great she set to help the situation by encouraging the city to enforce the laws on the books to get homeowners and landlords to take care of their properties. Her greatest concern was that children living in these areas were being caught in the cycle of crime. She not only encouraged but nagged, argued, and all sorts of other behaviors to get their attention. She felt that she had made some inroads in this area but there is so much more to do. For her this was more than an interest, it was a passion. It gave special meaning to her life these last few years. It was a way she could give back to the community which she believed everyone can and must do.
Johnnie always had a compassionate friend in her dogs. From her childhood pet, Little Elmer, who allowed her to dress him in doll clothes and drag around the house to Chester who was with her when she passed from this life, they were her constant companions. Loving and caring for the underprivileged and abused, she always adopted them from the pound. Now Chester is in need of a new home.
She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her sisters, Carol Ann Van Trump, and Sister Connie Boulch, nieces and nephews great and greater, and Chester.
Special thanks to Dr. David Ernst, the staff at the KU Cancer Center in North Kansas City, and the staff at North Kansas City Hospital for their patience and care for her throughout her illness.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 10 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist, 2100 N. Noland Rd., Independence, MO 64050
Mass of Christian Burial at 1:30 pm at the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist, 2100 N. Noland Rd., Independence, MO 64050.
Internment at 3:00 pm at Mound Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist, 2100 N. Noland Rd., Independence, MO 64050.