Clara Bogner

Clara Bogner

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Clara Nell “Lolly” Bogner, 99, of Leavenworth, Kan., passed away peacefully, Dec.10, 2020, at Twin Oaks Health and Rehab. She was born Sept. 4, 1921, in Leavenworth, the first of six children to Anton Adam and Philomena (Szczygiel) Bielecki. She attended St. Casimir Grade School, Leavenworth High School, graduating in 1939, she attended Kansas City Business College, and then accepted a job at Kelly Insurance Agency in Leavenworth.

Clara married James “Jim” F. Bogner, Sr. on June 23, 1947, in Leavenworth, celebrating their 66th Wedding Anniversary before his death in August 2013.

Jim and Clara owned and operated the “Town Bakery”, formerly the “Bielecki Bakery”, which was owned and operated by her parents at 700 Cherokee St. in Leavenworth for over 28 years, until their retirement.

In her retirement, Clara enjoyed crafting, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and tending to her flower gardens. She was especially talented in decorating the most beautiful wedding and specialty cakes, was an excellent seamstress having a keen eye for detail, and sang in her Church Choir well into her 90’s. She loved her local sports, especially the KC Royals, the KC Chiefs, and KU Jayhawks Basketball. Viewing the Hallmark Channel movies became her favorite pastime. She also enjoyed traveling with Jim and their children. A special trip included a trip to Rome, Italy in celebration of Clara and Jim’s 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Clara is survived by her four children, James, Jr. (Terry) of Omaha, Neb., Jacqueline Bogner of Lawrence, Kan., Michael (Cheryl) of Leavenworth, and Marian (Tony) Cantu of Kansas City, Kan,; seven grandchildren, Jason, Justin, Adam, Rachel, Erinn, Ryan and Megan; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ann Burchett of Overland Park, Kan., Elizabeth Hughes of Warner Robins, Ga., and Barbara (Ralph) Richardson, of Shawnee, Kan.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Helen Sachs, of St. Augustine, Fla., and a brother, Anthony (Tony) Bielecki, of Leavenworth, Kan.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m., with the rosary prayed at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at St. Casimir Church, with Fr. Marianand Mendem as celebrant. A private family burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials in her name may be directed to Sacred Heart-St. Casimir Church. Condolences may be expressed, or memories shared, at
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Donna Gillett

Posted at 03:51pm
Jackie, sincere sympathy to you from Dewey & Donna Gillett. Your Mother knew what hard work was in the bakery. She sure was successful in rearing her children as I can vouch for how you and your brother Michael were upstanding citizens.

Jackie Bogner Posted at 11:02pm

Donna & Dewey, Thank you for that lovely tribute to my mother. Donna, I so enjoyed working with you! I'll look forward to visiting with you both when we are again able to see friends face to face. Until then, maybe we can catch up on the phone. Merry Christmas and have a Wonderful New Year!

peggy chism

Posted at 10:15am
My prayers are with you at this difficult time. I will always remember Clara as the "expert" on all things Polish and relating to St.Casimir Church...especially when the city used to celebrate ethnic days. A group of us including Clara, Val Williams and my Mom dressed in native Polish attire and manned our Polish booth in front of the Mutual Savings and Loan building.
Clara was a great person and friend. Peggy Chism

Jackie Bogner Posted at 11:12pm

Peggy, Thank you for your prayers. We all have fond memories of Leavenworth's Heritage Days and our work at the Polish Pavilion. My sister and I still have the Polish costumes mom sewed for us. I'll always remember you as one of mom's best friends. We miss you. Love, Jackie

Terry Campbell

Posted at 12:06pm
To Jim and Bogner Family,
So sorry to learn of your mom's passing. May God welcome her home and comfort you at this time of sorrow.
Terry & Kay Campbell

Jim Bogner Posted at 04:20pm

Thank you Terry & Kay for your kind words.

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