STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Mr. and Mrs. Alvaro Richard Boera, residents of Essex Junction, Vt. since 1970, and formerly of Shore Acres, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a scenic cruise on Lake Champlain, followed by a family dinner party in the Doubletree Hotel, South Burlington, Vt.
Mrs. Boera, the former Julie L. Baeszler, grew up in Stapleton. A graduate of Notre Dame Academy, Grymes Hill, she earned a bachelor of arts degree from the former Notre Dame College. She spent her junior year in Canada, and earned a master’s degree in special education from Hunter College in Manhattan.
While teaching at the School for the Deaf in Manhattan, she married and continued working until her first child was born. Mrs. Boera then dedicated her time and energy to raising the couple’s seven children.
She got involved in volunteering, working in local schools and churches, women’s clubs and the historical society.
Mrs. Boera is an advocate of letter writing and keeps in touch with family and friends via mail. She enjoys reading, luncheons, collecting teddy bears and her membership in the Red Hat Society.
The jubiliarians have traveled extensively. They spent their honeymoon in Highgate Springs, Vt., where they returned many times with their family through the years. Each year they set aside time for a short anniversary trip together.
Their most memorable trip was a 1969 cross-country journey with their entire family in a station wagon, visiting 13 national parks, 26 states, two Canadian provinces and Disneyland, all for the grand total of $1,950.
Mr. Boera was born in Manhattan and moved to Staten Island as a youngster, with his family. He graduated from New Dorp High School and entered Princeton University in 1942. The following year he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and received his commission in 1945. He served aboard the USS Portsmouth, and was a naval reservist until he retired in 1965.
During his years in the service, he earned a bachelor of science degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and a master of science degree in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology.
He worked as an aerodynamicist in Baltimore and afterward returned to Staten Island to assist his father with running the former Old Mill Restaurant in Grasmere, until 1957, when it burned to the ground.
He then worked as the business manager at the former Staten Island Community College until 1970 when he accepted the position of business manager with Lyndon (Vt.) State College. He rose to the position of comptroller and held the office of dean of business affairs at the time of his retirement from the college in 1989. He continued working, however, in managerial positions at Caledonia North Supervisory Union, Umbrella Inc., St. Johnsbury, Vt., and with the St. Johnsbury school district.
Mr. Boera has volunteered as a Rotary Club member on Staten Island and continuing in Lyndonville, Vt. He was named Lyndonville’s Citizen of the Year in 1989, the Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2009 and received the Caledonia County Public Service Award in 2005.
Mr. Boera enjoys golf, collecting books, stamps and coins, reading and surfing the Internet.
Mr. and Mrs. Boera, who met at the former Old Mill Restaurant when Mrs. Boera was selling ads for her college yearbook, were married on Aug. 10, 1952 in Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church, Tompkinsville.
They are the parents of Patricia Boera and David, both of Burlington; Michael of Washington, D.C.; Peter of Lyndonville; Christine Boera of Jericho, Vt.; Susan Sobczak of South Burlington; and Donna O’Harren of Honolulu. They have 12 grandchildren and are awaiting the arrival of their next grandchild, shortly.