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Arthur R. Boesch

Arthur R. Boesch

Arthur R. Boesch, 86, of Alexandria Township, NJ passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 12, 2023, surrounded by family, at his home.

Born August 2, 1936 in Jersey City, NJ, Arthur was a lifelong resident of Alexandria Township, NJ, living on the family farm. He graduated from Frenchtown High School in 1955. Arthur served in the US Army, and was stationed in Alaska during peacetime. He worked as a supervisor at Rexham Corp., a printing company, in Flemington, NJ for 32 years. Arthur then worked as a maintenance mechanic at Bemis Co., a plastic manufacturing company, in Flemington, NJ for 10 years, before retiring in 1997. Arthur and Mary Ann started their business, the Bagelsmith deli & pizzeria located in Belvidere, NJ in 1994, where he was affectionately known as “Papa Bagel”. He was also a farmer on his family’s farm in Alexandria Township, NJ. Arthur enjoyed fishing, hunting, and playing the guitar, piano, trumpet, and accordion. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his loving family. Arthur was a member of St. Edward the Confessor R.C. Church and was active in their choir for many years. He was also a member of Holy Name Society of St. Edward’s and the Knights of Columbus.

Son of the late Arthur T. and Anna (Alessandrini) Boesch, Arthur is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Mary Ann (Birch) Boesch, his three daughters Laura Jean Wojick and her husband Clint, Elizabeth A. Thomas and her husband Rhys, Mary Ann McDonough and her husband James, his two sons Arthur T. Boesch and his wife Rowena and Michael H. Boesch and his wife Jamie, his two sisters Patricia Ann Hubert of Colorado Springs, CO and Laura Darlene Candes of Raleigh, NC, his brother Richard T. Boesch and his wife Diane of Alexandria Township, NJ, his thirteen grandchildren, Kayla, Clint, Nathan, Rocco, Kaitlyn, Mia, Arthur, Moria, Benjamin, Cecilia, Owen, Natalia, Greyson and one great-granddaughter, Charlie.

The family will receive relatives and friends for a visitation on Friday, March 17, 2023 from 6-8 PM at the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Holland Township, NJ. Funeral services will begin at the funeral home on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 10 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM at St. Edward the Confessor R.C. Church, 61 Mill Street, Milford, NJ, with Father Kris Kaczynski officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Edward the Confessor R.C Church, 61 Mill Street, Milford, NJ 08848.


From: Camee Lee
What a beautiful picture this is of him! From the memories I have of him he was a kind and gentle man and I’m sure so many amazing memories to carry on his legacy with his children and grandchildren! Please know you are in our thoughts as you navigate this difficult time. Much love Camee and Mike Thompson

From: Andrea Mosquera
My deepest condolences to the Boesch Family. You dad/husband/grandfather was a good man. He loved his family and you were all blessed to have one another. May you find peace during this sad time. Love to all, Andrea Yozzo Mosquera

From: Andrea Mosquera
My deepest condolences to the Boesch Family. You dad/husband/grandfather was a good man. He loved his family and you were all blessed to have one another. May you find peace during this sad time. Love to all, Andrea Yozzo Mosquera

From: Ginny Confer
Uncle Arthur was a very special friend to all of us! He was the most caring, compassionate and friendly person! Arthur had such a wonderful disposition and great sense of humor! I witnessed his creative side when I couldn’t deliver my young son Curtis to Mary in a snowstorm to babysit; Uncle Arthur drove down that STEEP driveway and picked Curtis up in his tractor for a safe ride back to their farmhouse! Then I left for school without a worry! Thank you, Arthur, for your friendship, Your kindness, and for welcoming us into your loving family.

From: Frances K Petiet
We are so sorry for your loss happy memories to all of you. The picture picked is beautiful alot of happy memories are there. Richard and Fran Petiet

From: Harriet Cosover
My high school classmate, my fellow St. Edward’s choir member for many years and my forever friend. I am very sad to hear about Art’s passing. I still remember his mother leading her children into St. Edward’s every Sunday when we were kids. Condolences to Mary Ann and her family. I’m sorry I will not be able to make it to the service for Art but he and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

From: Taylor Biasco
Thinking of the Boesch family during this time. Remembering how kind Art was when he would visit the Bagelsmith

From: Molly Grace-McCarthu
Sending our sincerest condolences to your beautiful family. All our love Molly , Kyle and the boys.

From: Karen Leshner
Dear Mary, I am so sorry to hear of Arthur’s passing. He was a dear soul and May he rest in peace. I know your family is there to support you. We are connected by our husbands and the friends we have become over these past years. I know you are a sweet person and we will go forward together. Love Karen

From: Kathy and steohennBuzby
So sorry. Art was a wonderful,kind,loving man. He loved his family so much. So so sorry

From: Angelo & Cheryl Candes
Angelo & I send our deepest condolences. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

From: Karen Bass
I’m so very sorry to hear about the loss of your dear father/grandfather. My condolences. May you be comforted by the wonderful memories you have of him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

From: Emily Grace
Dear Mary, I am so sorry to hear about Arthur - I hope you are doing ok. What a long road you have had! I am sorry I could not come to the funeral, ironically I was attending a widow's conference. I hope that you are feeling comfort and support from your family, and please know that I am here if you need or want to get together anytime in the future. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Blessings, Emily

From: Amanda DeFranco
I am so sorry for your loss. The warmth and giving nature of all of his children is a testament to the man he was, and a true legacy that he has left. May your memories bring you comfort and joy in the coming months and years. May you continue to feel his presence in your daily life.

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