Phyllis Bogdan
Phyllis Bogdan

Obituary of Phyllis Bogdan

Phyllis J. Bogdan

(nee Davies)

Age 88. Passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family.

She married Eugene I. Bogdan after high school and they had two children, Linda (Gary) Trager and David (Connie) Bogdan. Grandchildren are Jeremy Trager, Talia (Ryan) Hauser, Amy Trager, Jeff (Jenni) Bogdan, Greg (Rebecca) Bogdan, Sheri (Rev. Matt) Harris, Keegan and Kellen Bogdan, Matt and Kyle Casillas, Allison (Marc) Silverman; 21 great-grandchildren, Cori and Justin Bogdan, Macey, Kylee, Elijah, Jaden, Liberty, Judah, Matty, Jacob, Noah, and Max Bogdan, Sam and Debbie Lawlor, Evan, Emmerson, Adysen and Gabriel Harris. Andrew Hauser, Mason and Braxton Silverman. Also survived by sister-in-laws Lonia Baranowski and Maggie Bogdan; nieces and nephews: Johanna (LaVerne) Spencer, Lew Davies, Wade Clausing, Carolyn Dystrup, Barb Dystrup, Suzanne (Jim) Reinhart, Tom (Susie) Baranowski, Jeanne (Tim) Mahoney, Tom (Marsha) Bodgan, Libby (Bill) Lovis, Mary Bogdan-Hensold, Michael and Kathy Bogdan. Cousin Mary Lou Cookas. Dear friends: Chita Santorineos, Fran Macris, Ron Nelson, Joan and John Sullivan, Mary Jane Egbert, Mary Ellen Hillman and the "Lunch Bunch".

Phyllis was born May 16, 1928 in Joliet where she lived her entire life. She supported her husband in The Farm Shop, Holiday Inns, Magic Palace and the Joliet Area Historical Society. In her youth, she played violin in the Joliet Grade School Orchestra, JTHS Orchestra, Kiwanis Shows and New People. She sang at the Joliet Correctional Center and was soloist at the Christian Scientist Church and directed the youth choir at Richards Street Methodist Church. Music was her love learning piano from her mother and violin at the Conservatory of Music in Joliet and in Chicago taking the train back and forth from the age of 12!

Preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Eugene I. Bogdan (2008); her parents, Esther Fields and William T. Davies; sister, Betty (Cameron) Dystrup; and brother, Donald (Bette) Davies.

The family of Phyllis J. Bogdan would like to extend their sincere gratitude to her care givers Connie Koenig and Sylwia Dezrim Bey.

Memorial Services for Phyllis J. Bogdan will be held at Grace United Methodist Church 1718 Avalon Ave., Joliet on Monday, April 24, 2017 with a Memorial Visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. until time of services at 11:00 a.m. Private Inurnment Elmhurst Cemetery at a later date. Memorials in her name to Grace United Methodist Church, Joliet Area Community Hospice, or JTHS for a scholarship that will be established at a later date would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Rds., Joliet. For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at