Golda Boyer


ARCHBOLD -- Golda N. Boyer, formerly of Archbold, Ohio, passed away early November 5, 2012, at the Lutheran Nursing and Rehabilitation Home in Napoleon.

She was born December 21, 1928, in Harrison Township, Henry County, Ohio, the daughter of William L. and Elfie S. (Wilford) Naveau. Golda graduated from Fulton Centralized School, Fulton County, in 1946, and from Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio, in 1954. She taught high school business courses at Jewell School, Defiance County, for nine years and Pettisville High School, Fulton County, for 21 years. Following retirement, she taught part-time at Northwest State Community College as an adjunct professor for six years. In addition to teaching, she authored Mean Jeans Manufacturing Company, a high school business simulation, which is still in publication.

On February 6, 1949, she married Jack G. Boyer who preceded her in death on May 28, 2003. Golda was a member of Sharon United Methodist Church, Napoleon, and a member of the Beta Zeta chapter of Delta Kappa Delta, an honor society of women educators; National Education Association; Ohio Business Teachers Association; Henry County Retired Teachers Association, and the first president of the Pettisville Teachers Association. She was a charter member, and trustee of the Pettisville School Foundation. She also served several terms on the board of the Quadco Rehabilitation Center of Stryker.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Herbert, William (Skip) and Lowell Naveau; and sisters, Sylvia Knapp and Corinne Apel.

She is survived by one brother, Murel (Betty) Naveau, and a sister, Patricia Ann Naveau, both of Napoleon; one daughter, Irene Nichols, Solon, Ohio; one son, William (LuAnn) Boyer, Archbold; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. November 9, at the Grisier Funeral Home, Archbold, Ohio. A private burial service in the Hoy Cemetery, Henry County, will be followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. November 10, 2012, at the Sharon United Methodist Church, County Road P, Napoleon, Ohio. A luncheon in the church basement will follow the service.

Preferred memorials are to Pettisville Teachers Association Scholarship Fund, the Sharon Methodist Memorial Fund or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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  • Gilda, more formerly known to me as Mrs. Boyer was our class advisor. Jewell, class of 1956. She along with her husband, Jack served as chaperones for our H.S. class to Washington, D.C. In the spring of 1956, we took the B&O train from Defiance to D.C. She and Jack from then on have been real special people. Our class of 23 had a great time in our Nation's Capital. Prior to that, I recall her hard efforts in directing our Senior class play at Jewell. She always had her student's best interest in all of her selfless efforts. She continues to be the best example of teachers who care about their special mission. We need more Golda's in our world. I'm most fortunate to have had her in her first year of teaching.