Janice Ilene Bogren
October 15, 1934 – April 11, 2021
Janice Ilene Bogren, 86, of Edmonds, WA, passed away on April 11th. She was born in the Greenlake neighborhood in Seattle on October 15, 1934. Janice went to Roosevelt High School and graduated with a BA in Education from the University of Washington.
She was married to Burton Bogren whom she met during high school and through her church group. They were lovingly married for 49 years until Burt passed away in 2005.
She had a career as a teacher, an editor of Richmond Beach news, a manager/owner at Gas Appliance Service a realtor and apartment owner. She was a leader serving as PTA president, a Swedish Club Board member, HVAC Board, and was deeply involved in AA, sponsoring and mentoring many individuals. She volunteered her time and knowledge for the National Nordic Museum, and spent many hours interviewing for the Oral History Group. She was the glue which kept the family, organizations and businesses together.
She was a huge fan of the UW Huskies, Mariners and Seahawks. She had a passion for music, playing both the accordion and piano. She also loved to travel with recent trips to Orsa, Sweden to visit her father’s home town, and her Mom’s relatives in Vallset, Norway. Other trips included Ireland, Africa, China, Dubai and several trips to Europe.
Janice was highly intelligent and always kept up with current events. She was an avid newspaper reader and posted hilarious comments through social media as well as keeping her family and relatives connected.
She was loved, admired and honored for wisdom, humor, generosity and friendships. She is survived by her children, Kristen, Karl and Jennifer, and her grandchildren Jack and Ella.
Funeral was held on Saturday, April 24th at the Swedish Club.
May this strong, loving, witty, warm, fearless, beautiful, smart, positive role model rest in peace.
Friday, April 23, 2021
Janice Ilene Bogren
April 20, 2021
Listening to Janice say, "I'm here to learn" taught me how to say it myself when I find myself outside my comfort zone. Janice made a huge difference in my life for the better.
I didn't start getting to know her until after Burt passed on. It was striking how much we had in common. When I was in elementary school, we lived near Green Lake, and my family attended Bethany Lutheran Church. I learned in 2005 that this was also Janice and Burt's home church.
Janice's down-to-earth wisdom and zest for life were an inspiration for me. I wish I could give to others even half of the positive influence she imparted to me. What a blessing she was. My heart is brimming with gratitude for having known Janice Bogren.