The Ottumwa Courier

March 31, 2014

Lelah Mae Bogert

Ottumwa Courier

---- — BLOOMFIELD — Lelah Mae Bogert, 98, of Bloomfield, died March 27, 2014, at the Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield.

She was born June 28, 1915, in Callaway, Neb., to L.H. and Myrtle Tomlin Humphreys. She moved to a farm west of Drakesville in 1928 and graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1933. After graduation, she worked as a live-in housekeeper, baby sitter and cook for several families in the Ottumwa area. Lelah Mae married Madison Donald Bogert Nov. 30, 1939, in Des Moines. The couple farmed together in Davis County and raised two children, Shirley and Donnie. Madison passed away on July 12, 1995. Lelah was an original member of the Drakesville United Methodist Church and at the time of her death was listed as the oldest member. She was a member of the Sunshine Club and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. She enjoyed needlework, gardening and being outside.

She is survived by her daughter, Shirley (LeRoy) Padget of Newton; son, Donnie (Jody) Bogert of Bloomfield; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; two nieces; and a nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a sister, Lucille Bogert.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield; Rev. John D. Boatman officiating. Burial will be at the West Grove Cemetery in West Grove.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 6-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

A memorial has been established to the Drakesville Log Cabin Restoration Project.

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