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Mildred Jean (Campbell) Bogner

July 16, 1931 ~ April 17, 2022 (age 90)


Mildred Bogner
July 16, 1931 – April 17, 2022

Mildred Jean Bogner, passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2022 at the age of 90 years.

She was born in Trochu, Alberta, the second youngest of seven children, to Gladys and Jack Campbell. She grew up on her parent’s homestead east of Trochu, Alberta. In the wintertime the kids used to ride their father’s plough horse bareback to Greenleaf School. As a young girl she worked during the war years on her uncle’s threshing crew making meals.

After finishing school, Mildred worked at the Calgary YWCA, before returning to Trochu two years later to care for aging parents. There she met Vern Bogner and married in 1950. Vern’s job on road building crews saw the couple living throughout Alberta over the next seven years. In 1957, they returned to Trochu with their growing family, and started farming on the Fred Hess Farm, eventually raising five children.

Mildred’s life was anything but ordinary.

At seeding and harvest time, she worked keeping house, cooking, taking care of kids, helping move trucks and machinery, running to town for repairs. She raised chickens, milked cows, bottle fed calves and grew a large vegetable garden. She understood the bounty available in the land around her and in the late summer round up her kids to pick wild berries. On summer nights you could find her cleaning and preserving saskatoons or raspberries for the winter, canning vegetables from her garden, or baking bread.

Mildred loved to sew and was a very good seamstress. She made all her kids clothes when they were little. When you received a quilt from her you received a little piece of her life because in those quilts you could see a bit of apron she wore or a scrap of family clothing.

Mildred knew the importance of love of community and volunteered whenever she was able. Over the years she was involved in many organizations. She was a member of the East Trochu Birthday Club, assistant leader in the Trochu 4H Sewing Club, Explorers and C.G.I.T.

Family and friends were important. Her sense of fun was infectious and everyone loved being around her. She lifted everyone’s spirits. Vern and Mildred loved old time fiddler music and made the annual trek to the Kimberley Fiddler Festival for almost 10 years. They loved to play bingo, cards, bean bag. They travelled to Florida and Texas to visit her daughters and grandchildren. She worked over the course of many years helping to piece together the geneology of her father’s family in PEI.

When her son and daughter-in-law retired from farming in 2008, Mildred made the decision to move with them to Creston. In 2016 the decision was made to move closer to larger medical facilities on the West Coast.

She lived the last five years of her life in Nanaimo. No one knew better than Mildred that life was not for the faint of heart. She faced each day with joy and hope and battled her illness with a positive attitude. She passed away on Easter Sunday 2022. Mildred Bogner leaves behind a rich legacy that lives on in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank health care professionals at the Trillium Hospice Society in Parksville, who provided the round the clock care that made Mildred’s journey as comfortable as possible. 

Mildred’s wishes were to be cremated and her ashes returned to Trochu Cemetery in Trochu, Alberta. A private graveside Service will take place at Trochu Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.



Lovingly Remembered by Her Family

Her Daughters, Son and Daughter-in-Law
Jeannie (Ted) Towgood - Florida
Sharron (Mark) Pope – Texas
Audrey (Brent) Bowers – Saskatchewan
John (Lynn) Bogner – British Columbia

Her 6 Grandchildren
Andrea (Louis) Sanjar – Kansas
Jennifer (Matt) Cooksey – Florida
Biz (Theresa) Pope – Texas
Meredith Pope – Colorado
Corbin (James) Johnston – Saskatchewan
Trinton (Stephanie) Bowers - Saskatchewan

Her 12 Great Grandchildren
A.J., Lucas, Kristopher Sanjar
Logan, Dylan, Brooke Cooksey
Callen Pope
Kaylee, Addison, Bennett, Raylyn, Hugo Johnston

Her Sister-in-Law, Brothers-in-Law
Betty Campbell
Donald Rutherford
Robert Petrosky

Predeceased by
Vernar, Loving husband of 52 years (2002)
Robinn Lettie - Daughter (1988)
Gladys (Greenwood) and John Campbell- Parents (1990 and 1969)
Murial (Lloyd) Mills – Sister
Florence (Larry) Dell – Sister
Norma (Doug) Peterson - Sister

Bill Campbell – Brother
George (Muriel) Campbell – Brother
Collin Campbell – Brother

Terry Mills – Nephew
Darryl Peterson – Nephew
Bradley Petrosky – Nephew


Lives Cherished and Celebrated









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