Michele M. Boeke

June 26, 1952 ~ January 23, 2020 (age 67)


Michele (McDonald) Boeke 67 of Sarver, passed away peacefully on Jan 23, at the

Orchards of Saxonburg Nursing Home from rejection after receiving a double lung

transplant. She was born June of 1952 in Butler, Pa. to the late Richard C and Nancy L (Walker)

McDonald. Michele was a graduate from Knoch High School in 1971.

Michele had an exciting life. In 1971 she was the winner of the Miss USA Beauty contest and a finalist in

the Miss Universe contest. During her reign she had the opportunity to travel, and meet interesting

people including President Richard Nixon. After her term as Miss USA, Michele spent a year in NYC

 modeling with the Ford Modeling Agency. Michele decided to pursue her interest in nursing, where

she worked in the home healthcare field. She always maintained her interest in beauty pageants and

was thrilled when asked to be a judge.

Michele always had nice words to say to everyone and will be deeply missed by all.

Michele live the majority of her life in Dayton Ohio with her partner of 37 years Jeffery Sturgill and her

dog Buddy. They relocated back to Butler 5 years ago.

Michele is survived by 3 children; Shauna Boeke from Dayton Ohio, Chad Boeke from Dayton Ohio, and

Michelle Norris from Dayton Ohio.

Sister of Nancy Dana Haas of Saxonburg and Michael McDonald of Butler.

Niece of Cheryl Walker Hilliard of Connoquenessing, Pa.

4 grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Her sister Colleen McDonald Pratt preceded her in death.


Friends received Saturday Feb. 1st from 1-3, services immediately following.

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