Juelle Ann Boyers
Juelle Ann Boyers, 74 years old, was born on Oct. 29, 1946, to Harry and Christine Rupkalvis. Raised in Vallejo, she graduated from Hogan High School in 1964. Juelle Ann played violin in the local youth symphony. She participated in the Model United Nations program and attended the international event at the United Nations in New York City. She was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and youth group. Juelle Ann attended Southern Oregon College for two years, where among other things she developed her love of snow skiing. She continued her education at San Francisco State College for her bachelors and later earned her MBA in International Finance from Golden Gate University. After college Juelle Ann worked in Zurich, Switzerland, and enjoyed her time traveling. She returned to settle and work in San Francisco where she met her soulmate Ford Boyer. They were married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Vallejo, on May 2, 1970. They were married until Ford’s death in 2009.
Juelle Ann retired as Chief Financial Officer from the City of Alameda in August 2008. She returned twice to the City of Alameda, the first time as Interim Financial Director and a second time as a PERS retiree in the Finance Department. She was a devoted public servant as Finance Director for the City of Petaluma and at Alameda Municipal Power.
She was a stalwart worker and generous donor for many years to a number of excellent organizations. She served for 15 years as a Board Member of Girls, Inc. of the Island City, held many positions in Business and Professional Women, locally, statewide and nationally. Most recently she was President of the California Education Fund, BPW. She volunteered for the League of Women Voters, both in Alameda and San Joaquin County; volunteered for the American Association of University Women, most recently serving on the TechTrek committee in San Joaquin County, served on the Board of Directors at Alameda Family Services-Xanthos and volunteered as tax preparer for Mastick Senior Center.
Juelle Ann loved to travel and was a lifelong learner. Her last road trip was an RV road trip to the balloon festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2019, even though she needed to continue her kidney dialysis. After an almost four-year fight with end stage renal disease, Juelle Ann died of complications on April 21, 2021, at Adventist Lodi Memorial Hospital.
On Saturday, June 19, 2021, from 2-4 p.m. friends, relatives and her beloved community are invited to attend an outdoor Celebration of life at Girls Inc. of the Island City, 1724 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, California. This gathering is not to mourn but to celebrate this remarkable person who graced our lives for many years. Join us in your bright and colorful outfits and bring along a favorite photo or snapshot of Juelle Ann for our memory board. Be prepared to share your favorite story and to hear others as we celebrate Juelle Ann Boyer’s life. Light refreshments will be served.
Donations should be made to Girls, Inc. of the Island City.