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Martha Virginia Buerge Boswell
Aug. 9, 1928 Dec. 25, 2015
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Martha Virginia was born in Santa Monica, California to Lester L. Buerge and Ethel Buerge on

August 9, 1928. Six and a half years later, Verna, her sister was born into the family. At the

age of 14, she met the “love of her life” John Henry Boswell (Johnny) at a Bible Study. Soon

after, Johnny enlisted in the Navy going to World War II. She finished grammar school and high

school when the war ended and they were married on August 22, 1946. After Johnny

graduated from BIOLA College in 1949, he accepted the pastorate of the MIssionary Church in

Denair. They also began to raise their two children at this time.

After five years serving at the Missionary Church (now Valley Hope Church), Virginia was

supportive in ministry in Youth For Christ in Turlock and the Sacramento areas. Their ministry

continued at Grace Church in San Luis Obispo (8 years) as well as Calvary Baptist Church of

Lompoc (6 years). In 1983, they returned to Turlock and served in several Churches as interim

pastor before being on staff at the Evangelical Free Church (now Crossroads) and leading

Sunday services at Covenant Village. Virginia assisted in ministry by playing the piano for the

services. In 2012, they both retired from active ministry after 67 years of Christian service.

The Lord blessed them with two supportive loving children, Charles (Chuck) Boswell, (Judi) and

Nancy Hastain, (Tom). They have four grandchildren, Lisa, Rodd, Jason and Jodie, and six

great grandchildren, Shadon, Spencer, MaKenna, Aden, Kendall, and Payton

Virginia expressed her appreciation to the Lord for allowing her to serve Him “all the days of my

life so that I may dwell in the House of the Lord forever”.

Memorial service will be held at Covenant Village Berg Hall on Sat. January 9, 2016 at 2:00p.m.  Private burial.  Please share your memories at