Bertha ("Betty") E. Bogaert, 94, long time Westfield resident, died on Thursday, May 12, 2016. Betty was born on May 6, 1922, in Bayonne, New Jersey, to John Frederick and Ella Force Schmidt. After graduating from high school, she pursued her interest in art and became an accomplished artist in her own right. She enjoyed nature and all of the arts. Her fascination with other cultures and their languages culminated in her later years when she participated in Chinese language and culture classes. She also had diverse philanthropic interests.
She was predeceased by her husband John Langstaff who died in 1981 and by her husband Alphonse Bogaert who died in 1990 . She was also predeceased by her three siblings, John Frederick Schmidt, Jr., James Edward Force Smith and Edna Schmidt Lusardi Porter. She is survived by her step-daughter Carol LeFevre, by the children of her brother James, namely Lynn Smith Barron, Andrew Taylor Smith and Totsie Smith Moore, by the grandchildren of her sister Edna, namely David Edward Lusardi, James Dorsey Lusardi and Leon Curtis Johnson III, and by her good friend and neighbor Mary Gradolph.
Consistent with her wishes, there will be no service. Her remains will be interred with those of her husbands in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Westfield Foundation would be appreciated.
Arrangements have been made through Gray Funeral Directors, Westfield, New Jersey. To leave condolences please go to: www.grayfuneraldirectors.com.
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