Veronica Marie Walden
Veronica Walden, 55, died Monday, September 3, 2018, in hospice care at Ava’s House. She decided to enter the final leg of her life’s journey on the last day of this beautiful summer following a Mexican Siesta Adventure she’d planned for months with family.
Visitation will be 5-7pm, Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Sioux Falls, with a Scripture Service at 7pm. A Funeral Mass will be 2pm, Thursday, September 6, 2018, also at Christ the King. Inurnment will be 1:30pm, Saturday, September 8, at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Sioux Falls, along with her daughter, Misty.
Veronica Marie Boehrns was born March 8, 1963, and raised on Sioux Falls’ East Side as the middle child of six rough and tumble kids. Veronica enjoyed a young life chock-full of irreplaceable memories with a tight-knit batch of cousins, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunts. Her favorite aunt was younger than her!
After moving to Alaska in her teens, she found her way back to South Dakota. She met, set her sights on, conquered and finally agreed to marry Bill Walden at the ripe old age of 19. Over the last 36 years of sticky togetherness, they turned out 2 fine young offspring; Billy Jr. and the recently deceased Misty Marie Walden. Veronica had recently turned guardianship duties of her niece, Kadyjane over to her sister, Karla, as is awesomely proper anyway!
Over the years, Veronica enjoyed trips to Hawaii, Punta Cana, Bahamas, Mexico, New York, California, the Grand Canyon, and Florida, various cruises to here, there and beyond, and all over the good ol’ USA. Nothing put a bigger spring in her step than trips with friends and family.
Veronica was never quite satisfied with watching things unfold. If she thought she could improve other people’s situations, or at least shake them up a little to force folks into realizing how good they actually had it already. We can all use that now & then.
Nobody put Veronica anywhere she didn’t want (or need) to be, whether it was staking out a lone free spot at Bingo, drawing a crowd at a busy jobsite, rooting for the kid’s ball teams mid bleacher, or front row at Prince or Springsteen, she took life’s wild ride head-on by the horns, steered it blindfolded till it felt right, and by golly, the next day we were all glad she had gotten her way.
She paid little attention to the hardballs life threw at her, picking herself up time & again, moving forward and trying to focus on new projects. She always set her own needs to the side, all while pushing the rest of us to take care of ourselves.
Take care, Veronica. We love you. Save us a spot.
Veronica will be deeply missed by her husband, Bill; one son, Billy; her father, Fred Boehrns; and four siblings, Ricky Boehrns, Karla Nelson, Darolett Boekhoff, and Brian Boehrns; her parents-in-law, Jim and Donna Walden, one sister-in-law, Linda Walden; and many nieces and nephews;
Veronica was preceded in death by one daughter, Misty; her mother, Ramona Boehrns; and two brothers, Troy Boehrns (infant) and Troy Boehrns.