Elizabeth Mae 'Betty' Bogacz

Feb 25, 2014 Staff

Elizabeth Mae "Betty" Bogacz, of Riverton, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Help for Health in Riverton. She was 89 years old.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church. A viewing will be 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. before the service at Davis Funeral Home. Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery.

Elizabeth Mae "Betty" Bogacz was born Feb. 16, 1925, in rural Riverton, the daughter of E.W. "Jim" Beckman and Melba (Gilliland) Beckman. She was raised on the Beckman farm along with two sisters, Doris and Wilma Jean. She attended Riverview School and graduated from Riverton High School in 1943.

She was a lifelong resident of Fremont County and was especially proud of her pioneer heritage. Her grandparents William and Andrea Gilliland were 1906 homesteaders.

She married Edward L. Bogacz on Feb. 15, 1943, in Pavillion. They moved to a farm near Pavillion in 1951 where they raised a family of five girls along with the garden, crops, chickens, sheep and cattle. She moved to Riverton in 1973 and lived there until the time of her death.

She worked as a shipping clerk for the Sears catalog store until retirement and was also a clerk for the Fremont County Fair. She especially enjoyed entering items in the flower show, 4-H and open class foods. She was an active and dependable member of the Riverton Cow-Bells, Fremont County Cattle Women and Wyoming Cattle Women as well as the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Eagles 3036 Auxiliary.

Her family said she was an avid bowler who bowled on several leagues each week until the local lanes closed, and she traveled to several national competitions with her team. They said she was a wonderful cook and enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, gardening and classic country music. Family was of the utmost importance in her life, and her home was often the center for family gatherings. She also was fondly known as "Grandma B" and "Aunt Betty." Her family said she will be missed dearly.

She is survived by her sister Wilma Jean LeVan and her husband Donald of Charlottesville, Va.; daughters Lynette Diefenderfer and her husband Richard of Eaton, Colo., Sue Bogacz of Cheyenne, Becky Anderson and her husband Neal of Pavillion, Ladonna Good and her husband Ray of Riverton and Kendra Bogacz of Riverton; grandchildren Rich Diefenderfer, Andrea and Karl Rusch, Brittany and Brian Bartow, Troy and Shelle Anderson, Brooke and Darren Nogle, Courtney and Bret Ladenburger and Levi Good; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Melba Beckman, and her sister, Doris L. Johnson.

Memorials may be made to Help for Health, the Fremont County Fair or any veterans organization in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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