Mrs. Valerie “Joyce” Bohmier

October 17, 1928 - October 6, 2015 New London, PA | Age 86 Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother

Valerie “Joyce” Bohmier, 86, of New London, PA, passed on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, in her home. Born on October 17, 1928, she was the only child of Henry G. and Valerie A. Trelawny.

Mrs. Bohmier is survived by her husband, Joseph William “Bill” Bohmier, with whom she shared 67 years of marriage, and four of their six children: Michael Bohmier (Joy), Patti Crossan (Ken), Tom Bohmier (Robbie), and Polly Preston (Ed). Mrs. Bohmier was pre-deceased by daughter Terry Bohmier, son Tim Bohmier and family (Sharon, Jessica, and Christina), and “adopted” son Teddy Marshall.  She has 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, and 6 step-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Bohmier attended Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, and Plattsburg State Teachers College in Plattsburgh, New York. She then joined the Singer Sewing Machine Company staff to teach and represent them in sales in Kingston, NY, and West Chester, PA. After marrying Bill and settling into New London, Joyce focused on raising her family and supporting her husband’s many business endeavors, including the New London Airport.

Her passion for community involvement included founding the New London Recreation Association and the Avon Grove Youth Serving Coalition, serving on the Avon Grove School Board, and advocating for change locally on the grass roots political level. Well known as “the goat lady in New London”, Joyce was a member of the American Dairy Goat Association, bred and showed dairy goats for 35 years, and served as a 4-H dairy goat leader for Chester County during that time. Joyce enjoyed animal husbandry, gardening, canning, sewing, and knitting … and teaching others the same. She also enjoyed traveling and visited Canada, Hawaii, Figi Islands, England, Scotland, France, Italy, Spain, Tunisia (Africa), Bermuda, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Her travels in and out of the U.S. allowed her to see and learn about many cultures and the needs of others. And, while a member of New London Presbyterian Church, she enjoyed hosting ‘Cords of Love’, a ministry that brought ladies together to pray for and hand make items for various ministries, such as veterans, underprivileged, and chemotherapy patients.

Visitations to honor Mrs. Bohmier and her family will be held at the Christian Life Center, 125 Saginaw Road, Lincoln University, PA 19352, on Sunday, October 11th from 6-8PM and Monday, October 12th from 1-2PM. A Life Celebration Service will be held 2PM Monday, and her burial will follow at Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christian Life Center C/O Missions Ministry 125 Saginaw Road, Lincoln University, PA 19352 and/or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Mrs. Bohmier’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at

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Memorial Donations

Christian Life Center C/O Missions Ministry

125 Saginaw Road
Lincoln University, PA 19352

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christian Life Center or to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Wounded Warrior Project

P.O. Box 758517
Topeka, KS 66675



October 11, 2015 6-8PM Christian Life Center
125 Saginaw Road
Lincoln University, PA 19352


October 12, 2015 1-2PM Christian Life Center
125 Saginaw Road
Lincoln University, PA 19352

Funeral Service

October 12, 2015 2PM Christian Life Center
125 Saginaw Road
Lincoln University, PA 19352


  1. I just discovered Joyce’s into Heaven. I know she’s enjoying every bit of Glory with her dear loved ones who have previously left us. When I moved out here in July 1979 Joyce was one of the first people I met. She welcomed me graciously into her home. I wanted to buy one of her goats named Trixie but wasn’t prepared to give her a good home. I loved spending time with her and her goats and Bill couldn’t have been nicer to me also. I later met other members of the family who were all friendly, but how could they not be friendly with a Mom like Joyce. I remember her taking me for a romp along the runway of the airport. I appreciated her dedication which was sincere and informed about all matters pertaining to our society, both local and national. This was never for personal gain but to help our community and nation. We need more people like Joyce and she will be truly missed.

    Susan Pizzini | November 10, 2015 at 6:16 PM
  2. If only I could have another debate! I can’t imagine Joyce not in the kitchen turning out cheese or jelly. We personally have been blessed to have Joyce and family in our lives over many years. With the goats to tomatoes she was well read on all topics of discussion. Always asking me about the honey bees and the harvest. I know that we’ll see her again, As bad as this may sounds, I’ll wonder if she trying to get her absentee ballet mailed! I can hear the story……….God Bless the Bohmier clan. Web & Debbie

    Web & Debbie Edwards | October 9, 2015 at 6:53 PM
  3. Bill & Family
    Joyce was a very special lady to many people.
    Bill, you and Joyce played a very important roll as mentors in our life, always positive and uplifting.
    We will miss her warm welcoming smile and inspiring conversations.
    Our prayers go out to you and your family.
    Norm & Gayle

    Norm & Gayle Davis | October 8, 2015 at 9:34 PM

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