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Alma "Gerri" Bogardus

Obituary for Alma "Gerri" Bogardus

April 28, 1940 - March 1, 2019
Beaver Dam, WI, Wisconsin | Age 78


Alma "Gerri" Bogardus, 78, formerly of Springfield, IL and Racine, WI passed away on Friday, March 01, 2019 at Bay Harbor Memory Care & Assisted Living in Beaver Dam, WI.

Alma was born the daughter of Gerald and Alma (Canaday) Sprinkle on April 28, 1940 in Springfield, IL. She was married to Rodger Bogardus on August 27, 1960, and, although parting ways, they remained loving friends throughout her life.

Gerri was a student of life pursuing interests in psychology, archeology, geology, world political history, and ancient Chinese art. While traveling extensively throughout her life (Hawaii being her favorite location), Gerri was most content living a quiet life in her own beautiful home surrounded by those she loved. She had a deep connection to nature, cherished her Native American heritage, and was drawn to the practice of Buddhism. How fitting, then, that in her final hour of life she was gifted the presence of two owls.

Gerri was a true nurturer whose warmth, caring, wisdom and ability to listen deeply drew many loved ones into her world. She embraced each one as family making her "brood" large and diverse. She is survived by her four children: Becky (Mark) Spika of Racine, WI; Jeff Bogardus of Madison, WI; Dave (Sheri) Bogardus of Cincinnati, OH; and Steve (Sara) Bogardus of Seattle, WA. She is also survived by ten amazing grandchildren: Taylor, Austin, Kaylee, Sydney, Hannah, Emily, Mitchell, Jenna, Alex & Drew; four endearing great-grandchildren: Gabi, Mila, Ellie & Bidziil; her "adopted" daughters Jill St. John, Dawne Sargent & Karla Hendricks; and many other beloved family & friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, Ray Gordon; her sister, Carol Bione; her brother-in-law, Robert Bione; and her steadfast canine companions Bear & Sadie.

Life sometimes presents us with painful challenges and Gerri experienced more than her share, including an eight year journey with Alzheimer's disease. Through each one, she maintained an awe-inspiring courage and resilience that tethered her tightly to life. Her passing was one of peace and beauty in which she was surrounded by much love. The family extends their deepest appreciation to the entire staff of Bay Harbor Memory Care & Assisted Living and BDCH Hillside Hospice for the genuine love and compassion gifted to Gerri and the family. No greater care could have been found.

It was Gerri's wish for cremation to take place and for a private family gathering to be held. It is the family's wish that gestures of remembrance be made through donations to BCDH Hillside Hospice, the Alzheimer's Association, your local ADRC agency, or a humanitarian organization dear to your own heart.

The family also asks that you proceed through life as Gerri did: with love, compassion, understanding, forgiveness and tolerance for all people.

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