Lynn Bogart (born Lillian Myrtle Smeester) passed away on June 21, 2012, in Woodland, Calif. She was 70 years old. Over the last few years, she had been fighting symptoms of Alzheimer’s and congestive heart failure, which together necessitated a move into assisted living. Throughout her health difficulties she never lost her bright smile and devilish sense of humor. Just seven days before her heart finally gave up the fight; she laughed and joked with friends, even danced across the room. Family and a few dear friends sat by her bedside on the day of her passing.
Lynn is remembered for her dramatic stories and jokes that she told with a sparkle in her eyes, a huge smile on her face, and much waving of her arms. Her wit could fill the room with laughter, and her ire was equally legendary. She was an unwavering friend and defender of those she loved, and could be counted on to provide her unvarnished opinion on any subject. She loved to dance, play Sudoku, and her white zinfandel — not to mention her huge sweet tooth.
Born in Wisconsin in February of 1942 with twin brother Larry, Lynn had two brothers and two sisters. Lynn, ever the adventurous free spirit, moved to California where she met and married Bruce Bogart. Together they moved many times all over the United States as he pursued a career in the Air Force.
During that time, Lynn gave birth to a girl, Diana, and a boy, Jeff, as well as completing a master’s degree in speech therapy. They returned to California in the 1980s where she developed a very successful career working with special needs children through the Solano County Office of Education’s Me Too Program. After her divorce, Lynn became very active socially with a darts league in Fairfield, where she moved, and later became the member coordinator for the Singles of Solano Club and an active participant at the Vacaville Moose Lodge.
Lynn is survived by her brothers, Larry and Kurt in the Denver area; sister, Kim, in Georgia; and son, Jeff, in Davis.
A Celebration of her Life will be held on July 29, 2012, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Vacaville Moose Lodge, 6585 Gibson Canyon Road, Vacaville. Potluck, please, bring a dish to share. Drinks will be available.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in her name to the Me Too Program, SCOE, 1707 California Drive, Vacaville, CA 95687.