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Bonnie M. Bogen 1924-2013

October 1, 2013
Emmetsburg News

A Mass of Christian Burial for Bonnie M. Bogen of Emmetsburg was held Saturday, Sept. 28, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Clem Currans was the celebrant.

The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.

Bonnie Mae Bogen, daughter of Carl and Flora (Cook) Lochrie, was born Aug. 5, 1924 in Murray, IA. After graduating from high school, Bonnie attended college in St. Louis, where she was a member of Gama Phi Beta Sorority. Bonnie earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science, and later attended law school at the University of Iowa, where she met her future husband, John Bogen.

Bonnie and John were united in marriage on May 29, 1947 at the Newman Center in Iowa City. They were blessed with five children. Bonnie and John made their home in Osceola before moving to Denver, CO. Soon, John's naval career took them to Corpus Christi, TX, Hawaii and Guam. While living in Guam, Bonnie devoted herself to her family, while occasionally teaching high school government and science classes. They returned to Iowa, making Remsen their home for a while, and later moved back to Guam, and ultimately Japan. In 1981, after 12 years in Japan, the Bogens retired to Emmetsburg.

While living in Emmetsburg, Bonnie was active on the library board and Garden Club. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and she and John enjoyed volunteering at the Lost Island Nature Center.

Bonnie had many interests, but one of her favorite things to do was to read. She read countless books and always enjoyed sharing books with her friends and family. Bonnie was very active in the Democratic party, attending caucuses and helping in the primary elections.

Bonnie passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 at the Palo Alto County Hospital, at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert Lochrie; and a daughter, Susanna McTavish.

She is survived by her husband, John of Emmetsburg; her children, Kathleen K. Bogen (Erik Edwards) of Yokosuka, Japan, Michael Bogen (Kim Novak) of Emmetsburg, Andrew Lochrie Bogen (Shawn) of Hayama, Japan, and Laura T. Bogen of Okinawa, Japan; her 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; as well as many other relatives and friends.

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