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Elisabeth A. Bogtstra-Mickol Elisabeth A. Bogtstra-Mickol, born on April 3, 1945 in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, and daughter of the late Jan N. Bogtstra and Charlotte E. Bucaille-Bogtstra, passed away quietly at home on December 6, 2013, after a hard half year battle with cancer. She is survived by her loving husband, Edward - and three rambunctious Scottish Terriers. She was an infant during the Allied Liberation of Holland and an early interest in America brought her to the U.S. as an exchange student at Proviso East H.S. in Chicago, Ill. for her senior year. On returning home she studied anthropology at the University of Leiden, became a nursing assistant, and then served as the receptionist at the U.S. Embassy in Amsterdam before deciding to move to the New World, which had claimed her heart. She lived in New England before finally settling in Pennsylvania, where she attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, studying oil painting, watercolors, and printing - making, selling primarily watercolors from her output. She loved music - from Jimi Hendrix to Mozart - and played concert level piano, as well as the recorder. Her lifelong love of animals led her to rescue and adopt Scottish Terriers, as well as many kittens and cats, and she saved close to one hundred in her lifetime. In a long rich career, she worked as an executive secretary, legal secretary, nanny-housekeeper, and interior designer, and enjoyed poetry, history, gardening, raising chickens, geese and goats when possible, gourmet cooking, fine wine and the sandy beaches of Cape May. Her wild sense of humor and deep sense of caring will be missed by all who knew her. A private service will be held for family and friends.
Published in The Daily Local on Dec. 12, 2013
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