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August 14, 2022

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Hazel "Babs" Bogart

Hazel "Babs" Bogart was born in St. John's, Newfoundland on Feb. 15, 1920, and passed away at the Tomahawk Health Center, Tomahawk, on May 22, 2022.

As a young woman living in St. John's, Babs met her husband, Fred, who was a U.S. soldier stationed in Newfoundland during World War II. After a loving courtship, on Nov. 18, 1942, they were married in St. John's as part of a double wedding with her sister Florie, who also married a U.S. serviceman. While Fred continued his World War II service that caused him to leave Newfoundland, Babs moved by herself to Ashland to live with Fred's family, who she had never met. After the war, Fred remained in the Army and returned to the U.S., where he was joined by Babs. Together, as Fred advanced in his military career, they moved to various U.S. Army bases, including a tour in Hawaii. Eventually, upon Fred's retirement from active duty, they settled in Milwaukee and raised their 3 children.

In 1971 Babs and Fred moved to Lake Tomahawk, where Babs became very active with volunteer work. She was a member of the Lake Tomahawk American Legion Auxiliary Unit 318. As a 36-year member of this Unit, in December 2009, she was presented with the Colin F. Shultz American Legion Member of the Year Award and given a key to the city. Babs served on many of the Auxiliary Unit committees and was always willing to help at events hosted by the Unit, such as the annual flea market, bake sales, luncheons, the annual snowshoe softball game concession stand for which she baked pies, at the fall harvest festival and she also sold poppies on Memorial Day. As one of her friends said, "whenever volunteers were needed her hand went up.'

In addition to her American Legion community service work, once a month, Babs volunteered at the food pantry in Rhinelander and, twice weekly, she helped prepare meals at the Senior Center in Lake Tomahawk. Babs would often say that she enjoyed helping "the old people" when she, herself, was in her 90s. Even at age 93, as a member of the Tomahawk Lioness Club, she helped with their annual spring lunches, as she had done so many times before. She was also a very active member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Rhinelander. For obvious reasons, her family called her the "Energizer Bunny."

Babs was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; parents, George and Ida; sisters, Hilda, Florence and brother Donald.

Babs is survived by her children: Gail (William) Steckel, Donald (Lynn) and Sharon (Dave) Faulks; grandchildren: Jennifer (William) McNally; Kristin (Reginald) Patterson; Jeff (Lindsey) Steckel; Kelly (Dale) Rait; Erin (Ryan) Loucks; Jason (Racheal) Faulks; Katie (Monty) Devenport and Lindsay (Patrick) Meyer; great-grandchildren: Aidan, Tessa, Nolan, Cade, Harlow, Remy, Wilder, Xander, Jaxson, Quinn, Gavin, Cooper, McKynlee, Erzi, Trip, Avri, Tori, Eliana and Declan.

Funeral services for Hazel will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, 39 South Pelham St., Rhinelander, 54501. A 10 a.m. visitation at the church will precede the service with a lunch to follow. Interment will be in the Wilderness Rest Cemetery in Lake Tomahawk. You may leave your private condolences for Hazel's family at

The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is serving the Bogart family.

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