Two icons in the GMG High School are retiring at the close of this school year. Mrs. Ila Jean Boerm and Mrs. Eileen Marshall will be honored with an open house on May 25. The event will be held from 1 to 3 PM in the High School Cafeteria in Garwin. The public is encouraged to come wish them well. Mrs. Ila Jean Boerm has worked at GMG for 25 years. She began working in the library and as part-time secretary to Gary Sinclair. In the nineties she became the full time secretary for the junior and senior high. Mrs. Boerm is the “go to” person if a student or teacher needs assistance. It is usually her voice you hear when calling GMG, and if she does not know the answer, she will soon find out. Plans for the future include spending more time with her family and her garden, flowers and yard. She has 40 tomato plants waiting to be planted! She is a member of the Garwin United Methodist Church and plays organ and piano for the congregation. She actually began playing piano for funerals and church when she was in sixth grade! Her family includes daughter Tracy and her husband James Kullmer of Blairstown. James is VP of Benton Community Bank and Tracy writes proposals for Stamates. Katie Kullmer is a Junior at ISU and sister, Ashley, is finishing her freshman year at ISU. Son Dr. Kurt Boerm is a veterinarian in Traer, his wife Judy teaches at North Tama. Their sons are Brendon, a junior at Central College and Mitchell a freshman at Central. Son Christopher Boerm is President of the Grain Division for ADM and resides in Champaign, IL. His wife, Cara is a stay at home Mom to Conner and Callie. Conner is in seventh grade and Callie is a fifth grader. Ila Jean was active in sports in high school at Toledo and all her children and grands have followed in her steps. She says, “I want to be able to travel and get to watch them play.” She added, “I will really miss working with the students and staff. They are wonderful and I have had no problems.” Her beloved husband, Lonnie, passed away several years ago. Mrs. Eileen Marshall began teaching at GMG High School in the fall of 1997 as the Family and Consumer Science teacher. She says, “My favorite class is Intro to work. It is fun to see them go from student to potential employee.” Often the smells wafting down the halls come from the Home Ec room. She says, “I like to have them try different foods they would not normally make. International foods is good for them to try out.” When asked to share her most memorable moment she noted, “It is watching the kids have fun in class and learning and then telling me thank you.” Mrs. Marshall’s husband, Al, was a career Navy man and is an ordained minister and is currently working on his Master’s Degree. She says, “He wants to do evangelical work and wouldn’t mind moving to Texas. I’m praying to stay in Iowa.” As a military wife Mrs. Marshall has traveled extensively and has taught in CA, WA, VA and Iowa. The Marshall’s are members of the First Baptist Church in Marshalltown and spend volunteer time with inmates at the Marshall County Jail. Future plans include working on picture albums from her kids, making jewelry and spending time with her family. Son Matthew and his wife live in LA and are retired from the military. They are parents to Elizabeth Marie, 10, and David Joel, 8. Son Michael is also living in LA and recently became engaged. The GMG School students and staff are truly sad to see these two ladies leave, but we thank them for the memories. Please join in wishing them well on May 25.
The staff of GMG High School is hosting a retirement open house for Mrs. Eileen Marshall and Mrs. Ila Jean Boerm. The event will take place on Sunday, May 25 from 1 to 3PM in the High School Cafeteria in Garwin. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. Pictured are Mrs. Eileen Marshall and Mrs. Ila Jean Boerm.