Obituary of Sandra Kae Bogey
Sandra Kae Bogey passed away at UPMC Hamot on April 5, 2023, at the age of 74, surrounded by her loving family. Sandi was born to Harold Nelson and Delores Nelson Gustafson on January 22, 1949 in Jamestown, NY. Sandi graduated from Jamestown High School in 1967. She earned a dual Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Religion and Philosophy from Roberts Wesleyan College in 1971. She went on to receive a dual Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Fredonia. Sandi met the love of her life in high school and at church and they were married in 1978 at the First Lutheran Church. Her family was her everything including her sister and brother and their families! Sandi dearly loved her three children and absolutely adored her four grandchildren and her two dogs, Stephen Colbert and Mya. They were the center of her life! Sandi was so very proud of her Swedish heritage and enjoyed collecting Lucia dolls. She visited Sweden and other parts of Scandinavia on three different occasions. Sandi taught school for 32 years. She began her teaching career in Warren, PA. at Senaca Street Elementary School. She then taught for 31 years in the Cassadaga Valley Central School system, beginning at Gerry Elementary School, and then continuing at the Sinclairville Elementary School and then finally teaching at the Cassadaga Elementary School. Sandi loved her students, and she dearly valued her friendships with so many of her teaching colleagues and staff and her special church friends. As a member of First Lutheran Church, Sandi previously served on the Christian Education Committee and assisted with their annual summer Bible School programs. She also enjoyed being involved in the annual Lucia Pageants at both First Lutheran and Zion Covenant Churches. She taught at the Wednesday after-school educational program at Zion for several years. Christmas was her very favorite time of the year! Sandi enjoyed decorating the home and especially decorating the Christmas trees with all of her Swedish ornaments. Christmas Eve involved going to church and, of course, preparing the Swedish cuisine on Christmas Eve and the Swedish Smorgasbord on Christmas day for the whole family to enjoy! In addition to being a member of First Lutheran Church, her other professional and community affiliations included being a member of NYSUT (New York State United Teachers), the Retired Teachers Association of Chautauqua County, the Marvin Community House, PTA Associations, and AARP. Sandi is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Brian A. Bogey; their three children Kristin (Shawn) Seekings of Orlando, FL; Kathryn (Matt) Bogey of Buffalo, NY; and Jonathan (Haley) Bogey of Buffalo NY. Surviving also are her precious grandchildren Logan, Christian, Isla, and Killian Seekings of Orlando, FL; her sister Sue Ann Nelson of St. Paul, Mn; her brother David (Mary) Nelson of Grimsby, Ontario; and several nieces and nephews. Sandi was preceded in death by her mother Delores Nelson Gustafson and her father, Harold Nelson. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 11th at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church. Her family will receive friends on Monday, April 10th from 4-6 p.m. in the Lind Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Impact Campus Fellowship, http://bit.ly/impactCF or First Lutheran Church Choir Fund, 120 Chandler Street, Jamestown, NY 14701. You may leave words of condolence at www.lindfuneralhome.com.
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