M. Lorraine (Brown) Bogardus, 87, Morristown
Friday, August 7, 2015 - 12:22 pm

Funeral Services for M. Lorraine (Brown) Bogardus, 87, of Morristown will be 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home, with Rev. Tom Nichols officiating.

Burial will follow the service at Sunnyside Cemetery in Morristown.

Calling hours will be Monday from 1 p.m. until the service at the funeral home.

Mrs. Bogardus passed away Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 at her home with her loving husband and caregivers by her side.

She is survived by her husband Allan; a brother-in-law, Richard Bogardus of Hammond; cousins Ruth Dunn Widmann of Bayport, Gary Dunn of Stony Brook, and James Dunn of Wolfboro, NH; along with several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by an infant sister, Eleta, and a sister-in-law, Ruth Bogardus.

Lorraine was born Oct. 8, 1927 in Brockville Ontario, the daughter of Cassie I. (Cook) and Mervyn Barker Brown.

Her family moved to Morristown in 1930, and she graduated from Morristown Central School in 1945 and later from the Crane Department of Music at Potsdam State university in 1949.

She began her teaching career at Philadelphia High School, which is part of the Indian River Central School System. She then taught at North Junior High School in Watertown, where she taught vocal music, band and orchestra for 18 years.

June 21, 1969 she married Allan C. Bogardus at the First Presbyterian Church in Watertown, with Rev. Jack Smiley officiating.

She continued her teaching career at Hammond and Heuvelton Schools, retiring in 1980.

For 25 years she was historian for the town and village of Morristown and in 1988 wrote the book “River Reflections”, a short history of Morristown.

She and her husband Allan established the Red Barn Museum in 1971 and founded the Morristown Foundation Inc., which sponsored craft fairs and other historical activities at the Museum.

As historian she spearheaded the dedication of the Chapman Village Park in 1974.

After the Red Barn Museum closed, she helped raise funds for the purchase of Comstock Hall on Main Street, which became known as the Gateway Museum, which housed artifacts from the Red Barn Museum.

In 2000 she helped establish the gazebo in Chapman Village Park where summer concerts are held.

She was a member of the Jazz Festival Committee and the Gateway Museum board of directors.

She has served as choir director and organist at Faith Presbyterian Church in Watertown and the United Methodist Church in Morristown for a total of 55 years.

She was president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 10515, a former member of Cedars Grange, and former member of the Valley of the Thousand Isles, OES.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Morristown Gateway Museum, P.O. Box 165, Morristown, NY 13664 or a charity of one’s choice.

Condolences can be shared online at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.