Laraine Ann Boardman (Day)

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Laraine Ann Boardman, 71, of Cedar Rapids, died Friday, March 6, at her home with her family following a long illness. 

Laraine was born April 11, 1943 in Shawano, Wis., the daughter of Niles and Norma Gentes Day. She grew up in Prairie du Chien. She married Del Boardman in 1964 and moved to Cedar Rapids. Laraine stayed home to raise her daughters and entered the work force after both started school. She started at Pratt Educational Media but retired from Rapids Vending after 28 years of service as a cashier at Kirkwood College. She loved working with the public and meeting people. Laraine loved camping with the family and sitting around the campfire, whether it was at a campsite or her own backyard. She loved plants and flowers both inside and out. Laraine had many hobbies during her life. She especially loved playing card games with family and friends—any kind, anywhere, anytime! She crocheted, sewed, knitted, made barrettes for her granddaughters and dabbled in several other craft areas. She loved baking and canning fruits and vegetables. Her homemade dill and sweet pickles were the best! Later in life she enjoyed eating out, going to movies and reading. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Laraine was a great lady all around and she will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

Laraine is survived by two daughters, Darci (Dan) Blakley-Baldwin and Darla Boardman both of Cedar Rapids; six grandchildren Kayla Markell, Nicole Powers, Damen Blakley, Ashley Brantley, A.J. Ogden, and Brayden Boardman; five great grandchildren Emily, Drew, Riley, Olivia and Isabella; two sisters Barb Yager of Reedsburg, and Diane Day and brother Michael Day both of Prairie du Chien; and godchildren Sheila Dworak, Bryan Yager, Margie Love and Jennifer Boxrucker. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at Teahen Funeral Home. Rev. Christopher Podhajsky will officiate. Friends may visit with the family after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. 

Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be extended at

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