Barbara Stewart Bogguss passed away February 13, 2023 in Elgin,Illinois, at the age of
100 years and 5 months. She was born August 31, 1922, in Lynn Center, Illinois, to
Katherine and James Stewart. Barbara (“BJ”) was a graduate of New Windsor High
School in New Windsor, Illinois and also attended Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.
No funeral will be held but a private remembrance event will be conducted by and for
members of her immediate family by the Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo, Illinois.
She married Charles Francis (“Bud”) Bogguss in 1941 and resided most of her life in
Aledo, Illinois. While Bud was fighting in the South Pacific during WW II Barbara worked
at the International Harvester plant in East Moline, Illinois. In later years (1963-1975)
she was an executive assistant at Eagle Foods headquarters in Milan, Illinois.
Barbara was very involved in her community of Aledo for many years as she and Bud
raised their family. She was a past president of the VFW Auxiliary Post 1571 in Aledo.
She was also president of ladies golf at Oakview Country Club in Aledo. She was an
avid bowler and golfer. She also served as a leader in Brownie and Girl Scouts and Cub
Scouts and Boy Scouts in Aledo while her children participated in those various
programs. She formed a Variety Stage Group in Aledo and performed in many of its
Barbara was a member of the College Avenue Presbyterian Church in Aledo and sang
in the church choir for 50 years. She was also a church Elder. She was, well into her
90’s, a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville, Ill. And she served as
a volunteer in the Diabetic Center of Edwards Hospital in Naperville.
For many years after husband Bud’s death Barbara resided in Naperville, St. Charles
and Elgin Illinois to be near daughter Sally and her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles, son Woodie Bogguss,
son Kerry Bogguss, brother James Stewart and sister Kay (Stewart) Volbrecht.
Barbara is survived by her son, Scott Bogguss (Jo) of Marion, Iowa, her daughter Sally
Davis (Tony) of St Charles, Ill., her daughter Susan (“Suzy”) Bogguss Crider (Doug) of
Franklin, Tennessee and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Barbara had a good long life well lived. She went to Africa and France to help out when
daughter Sally was there with her family for a time when Tony was assigned there. And
she enjoyed very much following and sometimes accompanying daughter Suzy during
many of Suzy’s singing tour events.
She was happily present and honored at a party for her 100th birthday in August, 2022,
where her life was lovingly celebrated with many family members and friends from
around the country and the world.
In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, the family asks that donations or memorial
contributions be made in Barbara’s name to the donor’s favorite charities