Fujiko Boettcher died in her sleep the morning of July 24, 2018 at the age of 90, after long-term complications from dementia.
She was born Dec. 13, 1927 to Kaoru and Tsune Umezawa in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. Fujiko was one of five children -- three girls and two boys. Her high school in Hiroshima was destroyed during World War II and rather than continuing with her education, employment held a higher priority.
She went to work at Tachikawa Air Force Base as a seamstress where she met her eventual husband, airman Lloyd Boettcher. They were married in Japan in 1948 and had two sons while there.
During Lloyd's military career they were stationed at various military bases in Japan and the United States. Near the end of his career, they moved from Japan to Waco's Connally Air Force Base in 1965. After Lloyd's military retirement, they settled in Copperas Cove and the Lampasas-Kempner area where he worked a civil service job at Fort Hood until his death in 1995.
During that time, Fujiko proudly became a United States citizen.
She was a military spouse, housewife, and loving mother and grandmother. Her hobbies were painting, flower arranging and she enjoyed visiting wildflower sites in Central Texas.
She is survived by her sons, George Boettcher and Keith Boettcher; four grandchildren, Broc, Kris and Brian Boettcher, and Chasity Hord; and eight great-grandchildren.