Longtime resident and business woman Colleen Rose Warren passed peacefully on Sept. 14, 2017 at the age of 93.
Colleen was born in Superior, Nebraska on Aug. 8, 1924 to Arthur and Nina Garber. Colleen has two younger brothers, Robert and Richard. Their family moved from Nebraska to Colorado to Burbank/South Gate in the Los Angeles area. It was in her family’s South Gate neighborhood where she met Alfred “Bud” Bohrer. Although Bud went into the service, they married at the tail end of World War II.
After the war, Bud became a fireman and he and Colleen moved to Glendale where they had two sons, Brian and Kerry. Sadly, Bud was injured while working on the job and passed away in 1952.
Colleen later married Don Warren, who was the Battalion fire chief and had lost his wife earlier. They brought their children together from each marriage and moved to Burbank in 1954.
Colleen divorced and worked various jobs in real estate and the police department until a friend of hers opened a 7-Eleven franchise in San Diego. When the opportunity arose with an old gas station in Imperial Beach, she applied for a franchise and was given it. When she drove up to see her store, it was pouring rain. The familiar quote that her family remembers from that moment was “Where the hell is my store?”
She was the 7-Eleven owner on the corner of Carolina and Palm for 31 years. She moved to Imperial Beach and was a resident for over 40 years. Colleen was an integral part of the IB community. She volunteered for the Sheriff’s Senior Patrol for many years and was also a longtime patron and donor to the Imperial Beach Little League and the IB Boys & Girls Club.
She is survived by her two sons, Brian and Kerry Bohrer. Colleen was blessed with five grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.
A memorial service celebrating Colleen’s life will be held at Calvary Chapel in Imperial Beach at the corner of 5th Street and Imperial Beach Boulevard, 485 Imperial Beach Boulevard, at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22. Funeral services are being arranged.