Published On: Wed, Feb 22nd, 2012

Obituary – Norbert B. Bogner

CROFTON — Norbert B. Bogner, 97, Crofton, died Feb. 14, 2012, at the residence of his son, Dick Bogner, in Spring, Texas.

Visitation was Feb. 18 at the church from 9 a.m. until service time.

Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 18 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton,? with the Rev. Michael Schmitz officiating.

Burial was at the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Crofton.

Honorary Pallbearers were Darin Dillon, Nathanael Vossler, Bill Dickes, Dean Mueller, Paul Bogner, Ted Hillman, Dick Haberman, Bob Haberman and Bill Maule.

Pallbearers were Dick Bogner, Leroy Dillon, Neil Dickes, James Dickes, Aaron Baker and David Humphrey.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Crofton.

Norbert Bruno Bogner was born in Crofton May 10, 1914. Norbert was the fourth of six children born to Otto and Bernardine (Schnuettgen) Bogner. He attended St. Rose School and graduated in 1932 from Crofton High School. He then attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. After that, he worked for the War Labor Board in Washington D.C., as statistician. While in Washington, D.C., he fell in love with Mae Maxine Ellingson, formerly of Center. Mae worked for Congressman Karl Stefan. Norbert and Mae were married Feb. 27, 1943, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Washington, D.C.

In September 1945, they moved back to Crofton, where Norbert owned and operated the Crofton Oil Co. Norbert and Mae had four children, James, Richard, Jeanne Ann and Mary Kathryn. Each of their children attended St. Rose School and Crofton High School. Norbert served as President of the Crofton Chamber of Commerce; sponsored the Crofton Oil bowling team; was a member of the Toastmasters Club and Lions Club; helped form the Crofton Boat Club and was its secretary; and was a member of the City Council. In 1965, he started working for the Nebraska Department of Agriculture as area supervisor over 25 counties in Northeast Nebraska. He retired in May 1980.

Norbert and Mae treasured 50 years together and enjoyed traveling across the country to visit their four children and nine grandchildren. Mae died April 1, 1993. Norbert continued to travel and enjoyed visiting his children living in the warmer climates of California, Arizona and Texas. He never forgot his loving wife, Mae.

Norbert was loved and treasured by each of his four children and adored by his nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Norbert enjoyed writing letters to his friends and relatives and took great joy in hearing from them.

He is survived by his son and wife, Richard and Valerie Bogner, Spring, Texas; daughters and husbands, Jeanne and Leroy Dillon, Redding, Calif.; and Mary Kay and Bill Dickes, Maricopa, Ariz.; daughter-in-law and husband, Mary Lou and James Bogner, Port St. Lucie, Fla; grandchildren, Neil and James Dickes, Melanie Bogner, Kirsten (Nathanael) Vossler, Laura (Aaron) Baker, Darin (Jillian) Dillon, Amy Bogner, Lauren Dillon, and Bethany (David) Humphrey; and great-grandchildren, Sara and Daniel Vossler, and Jonathan, Josiah, and James Baker.

Norbert was preceded in death by his wife, Mae Bogner; son, James Bogner; parents, Otto and Bernardine Bogner; brothers, Ferd, Ott and Wilfred Bogner; and sisters, Dolores Habermann and Ramona Maule.

Memorials are preferred to Transforming Hearts Ministries, 607 Reddington Drive, Redding, CA 96003.

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