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BoAnn Bohman

Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 5 pm to 7 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


BoAnn Bohman passed away at home surrounded by family, after a valiant and courageous battle with cancer. She was born Charlotte Ann on December 4, 1944 and the daughter of the late Charlotte T. Bentz & Norman H. Bentz and George “ Bo” Bohman that passed away in WWII when she was 6 months old.  BoAnn is preceded in death by a son, Patrick Ridenour and sisters Sally Elmlinger and Kathryn Bentz. 

BoAnn was a graduate of North Hagerstown High School and graduated in 1967 from Shepherd College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She earned her Masters in Elementary Education in 1971 from Shippensburg University.  In 1985 she was an administrative intern chosen by the Maryland State Department of Education and she served as a consultant to the Maryland State Department of Education. She also completed her Doctorate from the University of Maryland in Education Policy, Planning, and Administration in 1988. 

BoAnn spent the first part of her career with the Washington County Board of Education as a teacher and administrator. While working as an administrator in Washington County, she began a long tenure with Western Maryland College in 1987. BoAnn then transitioned to Carroll County as the principal of Mt. Airy Elementary School. Feeling the call of leadership beyond the school walls, she accepted the position of Supervisor of Elementary Schools for Carroll County.

After an extremely long and successful career in public school leadership, she joined the Educational Administration Program at Western Maryland College, witnessed the name change of the institution to McDaniel College and received a tenure track postion as Coordinator of the Master of Science program in Education Administration; she spent 26 years at McDaniel College.  She was known for her outstanding teaching and the way in which she inspired perspective school leaders. BoAnn inspired her students with her passion for teaching, learning, and leadership. She stepped beyond her leadership roles and served as mentor to many, promoting and advancing teacher’s continuous professional growth and scholarship.  

BoAnn adored her family and taking her grandchildren on many adventures. She had a love for traveling, and also had an amazing network of lifelong friends who shared many times of joy, love, and laughs.  

BoAnn is survived by her husband James Murray, children Matthew Ridenour and wife Michele of Summit Point, WV, Lauren Hahn and husband Scott of Hagerstown, MD, Amee Kearns of Shepherdstown, WV;  brothers James Bentz and wife Betty of Simpsonville, SC, John Bentz and wife Lori of Louisville, OH; step daughters Debbie Murray and husband Stephen, and Krista Johnston; grandchildren Zachary and Josh Ridenour, Peyton, Nicholas, and Leah Hahn, Nathan and Kendra Johnston, many nephews and nieces and her beloved dog Rosie. 

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd North Hagerstown, MD 21742 with Pastor Richard Daughtridge officiating. 

A gathering of friends will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 5-7 pm.

Burial will be held privately in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD. 

Memorial contributions may be made in BoAnn's name to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123  (Donate Here) or to the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund at 


Guest Book

So many sweet memories of playing in your backyard and the rock garden. My mom always loved having BoAnn close all those years. She was a beautiful amazing woman and I was blessed to know her.

Kristen Baker
Virginia beach, VA

I only worked with BoAnn for 2 yrs. as Asst. Principal at Mt. Airy Elem. before I retired. I lost touch with her when she moved away from Westminster. It was only a brief time that we worked together, but a fun time. I was glad to have had the opportunity to know and work with her. God bless you all.

Ruth Howsden
Hanover, PA

BoAnn was an incredible educator who brought kindness and understanding to those with whom she came in contact. Her compelling smile, keen interpersonal skills, and determination to make positive differences in the world inspired those around her to stay the course in pushing toward excellence. I will always be grateful that our paths crossed and for her positive influence on me. Sincere condolences to Jim and her cherished family members. May your treasured memories comfort you and bring you peace.

Pam Ayres
Elkton, MD

Amee, my condolences to you and your family. May God give you comfort and strength.

Susan Terry
New Carrollton , MD

So sorry. May your memories you hold in your heart sustain your family. I was one of her graduate students and still have her comments in my portfolio.

Lynda Gainor
Thurmont, MD

Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers go to all of you. I met BoAnn when she was Principal of Mt. Airy Elem. and I was the PTA President. She made my job so easy with her kindness and knowledge. The community loved her. I am so glad that our paths crossed and will always remember her with love and admiration.

Deb Paisie
Mt. Airy, MD

BoAnn & I were college roommates at UofMD for a brief time along with NHHS classmates. Our paths crossed often...but not often enough. We send our love, prayers & condolences to Jim & family. Gone too soon...but a life well lived. A mark made & left behind for others to follow...a great example.

Linda & Jim MacIver
Lancaster, SC

I have known BoAnn since I became friends with her family when I was in elementary school - she was a wonderful person - very well respected in the community - she will be missed - God Bless Her!!!

Robert B Garver
Hagerstown, MD

Deepest condolences. BoAnn was an early childhood friend and neighbor. Tina Samios Angle

Tina Angle
Hagerstown, MD

To Jim and John and all the family: Please accept my most sincere condolences. I never knew BoAnn very well. She was such an accomplished lady. I hope an abundance of fond memories will help you all get through this sad time. Sincerely, Kirk Grooms

Kirk Grooms
Hagerstown, MD

Remembering the good times when we were all younger in Hagerstown. Condolences to the family upon the loss of a very special lady..

Mary Ellen and Michael South
Lewes, DE

I spent so many of my childhood years with BoAnn and those years gave me such wonderful memories! My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Carol Gardner Carson

Carol Gardner Carson
Berlin, maryland

BoAnn was a treasured colleague and friend who has left me with many fond memories. Her passion for her work and commitment to excellence was truly inspirational. She influenced and impacted too many of us to count. Her strong beliefs and convictions pushed all of us to be the best we could be. I will always remember her unique ability to find humor and fun when you needed it most, while always holding high expectations for herself and others. She was the epitome of a teacher, a leader, and a friend. I know my life has been enriched with her spirit of giving and friendship. I hope knowing how much she meant to so many brings peace and comfort to Jim and her beloved children and grandchildren.

Margaret Pfaff
Millers, Maryland

I had the honor of meeting and spending time with BoAnn and her friend's. Our sympathy and prayers go to the family and friends. BoAnn your special smile, laugh and ability to talk to everyone was truly a gift to all of us.

Susan and Biagio Nobile
Fairport, NY

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