Bel was born August 11, 1927, to Frank and Mary Rose. She and her siblings were the children of Portuguese immigrants from the Azore Islands. She was extremely proud of her heritage and participated in many activities that celebrated Portuguese culture.
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Bel met Lonnie Bogan in 1946. Lonnie, who was from Illinois, was home from the war and was visiting his brother Don in Hanford. Lonnie did not plan on staying in Hanford, but he met the beautiful, brown eyed "Bel" and they fell in love. They loved to ride motorcycles and made many evening trips during the summer evenings to Bakersfield just to get a soda or ice cream. They married in 1947.
Bel worked as an LVN for the Kings County Hospital and did a lot of her work in the surgery center. Lonnie worked as Manager of Smart and Final and Bel joined him as Assistant Manager. They worked together for 10 years in the little warehouse on 7th street, selling and delivering groceries to the many small markets that dotted the Kings County landscape.
Bel then found what she felt was her true vocation. She went to work for Lemoore Elementary School District as a Migrant Instructional Aide. Bel was a second language learner herself as a child and she knew the difficulties children had in achieving their education because of language barriers. She worked for 20 plus years before she retired. When school was not in session, Bel worked for the Kings County Fair. She was in charge of the building used for showing and judging a wide assortment of home-made and home-grown products for the Kings Fair for 25 years. The building, now called the Bel Bogan Building, was named for her when she retired from that position.
Bel was always active after retirement. Her family likened her to the Energizer Bunny because she never stopped moving. She was the consummate volunteer and public servant, so much so, that she was named Hanford's Woman of the Year in 2003. Bel drove cancer patients to treatment and volunteered at the Salvation Army, the Hanford Carousel, Kings County 4-H Judging, City of Hope Auxiliary, the Kings County Christmas and Homecoming Parade committees. She was a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, treasurer of the Kings County Historical Society, a member of the Kings County Museum Board, the Kings County Cabrillo Club and the Native Daughters of the Golden West.
Bel is survived by her children Cindy Bebereia, Steve and Sharlene Bogan, her brother Frank Rose, her sister-in-law Nadine Rose, her grandchildren Lari Dawn Ferreira, Luke and Joanne Bebereia, Josh Young, Amy and Matt Fochetti, Katie Bogan, her great-grand-children Brittany and Joseph Macedo, Morgan Bebereia, Quinn Ferreira, Khloe Ferreira, Jake Young, Hope Fochetti, and her great-great-grandchild Luke Macedo.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Bel's honor on Monday, November 26, 2012, at 12 p.m. at the Bel Bogan Building on the Kings Fair Grounds. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to
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Arrangements under the direction of People's Funeral Chapel, 501 N. Douty Street Hanford, CA 93230, 559-584-5591 www.peoplesfuneralchapel.com.
Published in The Hanford Sentinel on Nov. 23, 2012