March 2, 1926March 16, 2012

On March, 16, 2012, Mary Boullion began her everlasting dance in heaven, with her loving husband John. She died peacefully at the age of 86. She was born March 2, 1926, in Turton, SD, the daughter of Kathleen (Imm) and Joseph Klapperich. Mary Klapperich was united in marriage to John Boullion on September 19, 1944. They raised 8 children and 24 foster children at their home on N. Terriorial Rd, in Dexter, MI, where they also established Boullion Sales & Service. Mary graduated from nursing school at age fifty and was a caring nurse for over fifteen years. After retirement, Mary and John spent 18 winters together in Weslaco, TX, in addition to traveling across the country in their Winnebago motorhome. Mary enjoyed spending time with her large family (especially at their annual hotel Christmas party), watching her sons and grandsons wrestle, cheering on her favorite sports teams, volunteering for several organizations (too many to list), and celebrating any & all holidays. She was a very involved member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was the director of the Dexter Senior Center and one of the founders of Amigos de los Ninos de Mexico. She is survived by seven of her children: Ed & Leann Boullion, Sam Boullion, Jane & Roger Boyce, Marcee & Frank Bobo, Sally Koch, Beth & Richard Chamberlain, Rita & Mike Campbell. 16 grandchildren: Jennifer Bobo (Tom) Schupbach, Channon Boullion, John (Krista) Bobo, Philip (Marie) Boullion, Ben (Jen) Boyce, Adam (Annie) Boullion, Bekah Boyce Murphree, Sierra Koch, Jake (Sarah) Boyce, Sam Koch, Cabrina Koch, Jessica Boullion (Adam) Nicholl, Michael Campbell, Corey Chamberlain, Travis Campbell and Shawn Chamberlain. And 14 great grandchildren: Max & Abby Schupbach, Luke, Ada & Ella Bobo, Noah, Cameron & Colby Boyce, Mara Boullion, Reagan & Claire Murphree, Elin, Adelle, & David Boyce. She is also survived by her sister Dorthy & Howard Zeck, brother Butch & Diane Klapperich, and many loving nieces & nephews. Mary spent her final years in Weslaco, TX and Cranbrook Towers with her many close friends, including Ferni and Craig. She was proceeded in death by her husband John, her parents, her brothers Jim and Jack Klapperich, her daughter Carol Boullion, her son-in-law Larry Koch, and her granddaughter Kaitlyn Campbell. The family will receive friends at the village St. Joseph Church on Dover St, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in the evening from 6-7pm and a memorial service in celebration of her life beginning at 7pm. The funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 11am at the Village St. Joseph Catholic Church, Dexter with Fr. Brendan Walsh presiding. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to: Michigan From the Heart, the St. Louis Home for Boys/Girls, or of your choice.


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 20, 2012
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, March 20, 2012
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, March 21, 2012


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Robin Rainford

April 7, 2012

Our heartfelt sympathies from the family of Bonnie LaChance and the late Darrel Rainford in Minnesota. Dorothy, Mom will call you later; we just got back from Mexico.

Virginia & Jack Grant

March 21, 2012

It's been 20 years since Jack and I lived in Dexter, but we clearly remember Mary's love for John, her family, the church, and her friends. So many lives were influenced by Mary and John. They now rest in eternal peace and joy!

Thien Doan

March 20, 2012

Mary, rest in peace.

March 20, 2012


Leslie Kalis

March 20, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother always had such a zest for life and was an inspiration. I pray that God comforts you all during this time, knowing that she is with Him, dancing once again! Phil 3:20-21

March 20, 2012

Sorry to hear about Mary. She was a great friend to have when we lived on Territorial Rd. Our prayers are with you.
Howard and Nettie McMullen

Kelly Kroske & Family

March 20, 2012

God bless Mary and John Boullion for creating such an awesome family. Would that we could all live a life such as theirs - full of love, laughter and the strength and courage as a family to get through the toughest of times. Thank you Mary for giving, being, and leaving the rest of us someone to admire. Warmest thoughts are with you all.

Mike Oltersdorf

March 20, 2012

Boullion Family:
My deepest sympathy to your family! Mary Boullion's name brings a smile to my face in memory of the great times and many experiences we shared growing up in the neighborhood. She was "Mom" to everyone! We shared a beer at Dexter Daze a year ago and we had a wonderful conversation and a few laughs too!

Kerry Mc Mahon Stroup

March 19, 2012

I am so sad to hear of your mom's passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. She was a very special person.

Cindi & Dave Powell-Radtke

March 19, 2012

Marci, Frank, Jennifer, John and all the Boullion family - so sorry for your loss - your Mom and Dad's legacy will be the wonderful familes they created - you are in our thoughts and prayers!