November 6th 1944 –
N ovember 25th 2013
A great mother, and a great friend, the world lost a remarkable woman on November 25th, 2013, after a long battle with brain, liver, bone, and lung cancer. Only given about 4 months to live back in June 2012, Marlis never gave up, always believed, and fought her cancer for 15 months. Throughout her battle she always had a smile on her face and reassured her loved ones that she was ready for her next adventure. She passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side.
Marlis Aschwanden was born in Luzern, Switzerland, and lived there until she was 22. She decided to come to America to learn English. Her journey began in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was a waitress at a local hotel. Her future husband (Whilhelm Boehm) travelled from Austria in the early 1970’s to join her in Atlanta.
They married in 1973 and the two relocated to Los Angeles, California, where they had their first and only child, Marcel, in 1976.
In 1980 Marlis visited her cousin, Hermann Schmid, in South Lake Tahoe. She immediately fell in love with the Tahoe Basin because it reminded her of Luzern. She moved to Tahoe City and never left.
Marlis found her home away from home working at Swiss Lakewood Lodge. She was employed there for over 30 years, met many wonderful people and has many fond memories of her time there. While not working, she enjoyed skiing at Squaw Valley, playing tennis, taking in the sights at beautiful Lake Tahoe, and tending to her garden at home.
Marlis will be remembered most for her extremely hard work ethic, dedication to her family, her lovely laugh, and amazing Raclette parties. She was taken from us too soon, but she will be remembered and honored in every important family moment.
For those who would like to attend, Marlis’s family would love for friends and family to attend a celebration to honor Marlis’ life early next summer at Swiss Lakewood Lodge. An announcement shall be sent out in May or June 2014.