We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Desert Rose Funeral Chapel
Joni Bogardus passed away in her home at the age of 65 after a 10-year courageous battle with cancer. She was born December 30, 1956, to Clifford and Barbara Gover in Sacramento, CA. They moved to Lakeview, OR shortly after where Joni lived most of her life. She graduated from Lakeview High School and attended Southern Oregon State College and Oregon Institute of Technology where she received an associate degree in accounting.
She lived in Bly, OR for several years with her then-husband Johnney Kness, where they raised their daughters Jayne and Jacquie until moving back to Lakeview in 1988. She worked as the school Secretary in Bly where she touched the lives of many people, as she did later in life working for US Bank, taking care of all her customers. She received the Lake County Chamber of Commerce Jr. First Citizen Award as well as numerous awards and accolades from her banking career at US Bank. She was an active member of the Bly and Lakeview communities, supporting and playing an active role as a Campfire leader when her girls were Blue Birds, serving as an EMT for the Bly ambulance, and volunteering with Little League, Ski Team, Fremont Highlanders Ski Club, Camp Ney-A-Ti at Camp Cottonwood, and Soroptimist International.
Joni married John Bogardus in 2006, who preceded her death in 2019. They loved traveling the back roads in their Jeep and camping out on the desert floor under the stars. They traveled near and far to GreenBay Packer, Atlanta Braves, and Oregon Duck games, and everywhere in between. They loved their time together and their time with friends. In 2020, Joni moved to Eugene, OR to be close to her beloved girls and grandkids. Whatever and wherever it was, she loved making memories and had an impact on everyone she was around and met.
Joni is survived by her daughters Jayne (Shane) McLaws of Springfield, OR and Jacquie Peterson also of Springfield, her grandchildren Kalyssa and Kayden Peterson and Baylie and Karson McLaws, her parents, brothers Gary (Tanya) Gover and Mark (Jan) Gover, brother-in-law Robert Bogardus, sister-in-law Jane Bogardus, numerous aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Lakeview Presbyterian Church at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 18, with a luncheon to follow at the Lakeview Elks Lodge.
Memorial contributions can be made in Joni's memory to the Fremont Highlanders Ski Club, PO Box 1204, Lakeview, OR 97630, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Fremont Highlanders Ski Club
PO Box 1204, Lakeview OR 97630