Janine Jo Bogardus, 59, of Palm Coast, Florida and formerly from Denver passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2007 at the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House in Palm Coast after a brief illness.
Janine was born on January 3, 1948, the daughter of Melvin and Wava (Schmidt) Nolte in Waverly, Iowa. She was baptized, confirmed and a member of the Warren United Methodist Church in rural Waverly. She attended Warren #6 Country School through the 8th grade, then attended and graduated from Waverly-Shell Rock High School in 1966. In 1967, she graduated from Gates Business College in Waterloo, Iowa with a Business Administration Degree. She was awarded the A.F. Gates memorial Scholar Top Student Award.
On September 2, 1967 she was united in marriage to David Gibson in Waverly, Iowa. They were later divorced. She was united in marriage to Larry Bogardus on November 19, 1988 at the Little Brown Church, Nashua. Over the years, Janine belonged to several professional organizations. She has worked for Buchanan Candy Company, Black’s Department Store, United Hydraulics in Hampton, Iowa and Carnation in Waverly, Iowa. She ended her working career as an Executive Secretary and Office Manager for the Teamster Local #650 in Waterloo, Iowa, where she worked for over 15 years.
In 1996, Janine and Larry built a home in Palm Coast, Florida and in 1997, she retired from the Teamsters Union to their home in Palm Coast.
Janine served Warren United Methodist Church as a Sunday School Teacher, Board Member, and Treasurer until it merged with Faith United Methodist Church and became Heritage United Methodist Church. Janine was a founding member of the newly built Heritage United Methodist Church in Waverly and served on numerous committees. She was also a member of the Warren Cemetery Association. After her move to Florida, she joined the First United Methodist Church in Bunnell and served the church as the Financial Secretary until her death. She volunteered her time for Habitat for Humanity in St. Augustine, where she worked as a bookkeeper, fundraiser and member of the family placement committee. Helping families in need work towards receiving a newly built home was extremely rewarding to her.
Janine was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a fun, witty, generous and caring individual. She enjoyed playing games of all types and excellent at solving Wheel of Fortune puzzles. She loved to travel, loved the ocean and enjoyed combing the beach, picking up unique seashells. She was always delighted to open their home to guests and enjoyed showing off the Florida sites. She frequently traveled around the country and rarely missed attending a grandchild’s birthday. She was very thankful that they retired young and they were able to enjoy their retirement for 10 years.
Survivors are her husband, Larry of Palm Coast; daughter, Jacqueline (Ilya) Gruber of Norwood, MA; son, David (Tamara) Gibson Jr. of Jefferson, SD; her mother, Wava Nolte of Waverly; three step-children, Lynda Smith of Des Moines, Larry (Jill) Bogardus Jr. of Seattle, WA and Tim (Amber) Bogardus of Clive; four sisters, Verdina (David) Arenholz of Waverly, Nancy (Grant) Jensen of Waverly, Kathy (Jarvis) Engbrecht of Dunkerton and Julie (Wally) Holding of Sheffield; two brothers, Larry (Barb) Nolte of Waverly and Tim (Kim) Nolte of Ranch Santa Marguerita, CA; fourteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her father, Melvin and an infant brother, Lon Alan Nolte.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 10:00 am at the Heritage United Methodist Church in Waverly with Rev. Moody M. Colorado officiating. Cremation will follow the service and per Janine’s wishes, a joint interment will take place with her husband at a later date. Friends may call from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Friday at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly and one hour prior to services at the church. The family suggests contributions to the First United Methodist Church, Bunnell, Florida, the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House, Ormand Beach, Florida or to the donor’s choice. Online condolences for Janine may be left at www.kaisercorson.com