Robert Bogovich

Obituary of Robert Bogovich

ROBERT "BOB" M. BOGOVICH

Active in his community. Robert "Bob" M. Bogovich died December 5, 2017. Bob was born January 11, 1926, at home in Turtle Creek, PA, a son of Rudolph and Catherine (Bayer) Bogovich. Mr. Bogovich was a graduate of Turtle Creek High School in 1944. He entered Penn State as a Cadet Trainee. At 18 he left college and enlisted in World War II and later fought in Korea. He served 20 years in the Army where he was promoted to Master Sergeant "on the field" in Korea and earned a Bronze Star. As a civilian, he attended Pitt. His daughters called him "my Father the freshman". He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, College of General Studies in 1974 with a B.S. in Business Administration. He worked a short time for Mellon Bank. He then worked for the Social Security Administration where he helped many people navigate that system to get their deserved benefits. When he discovered many Veterans at the Highland Park VA Hospital were not receiving their Social Security benefits, he personally worked in getting every Vet residing there signed up for their benefits. After retiring from Social Security, he volunteered about 20 years with VITA to help low income clients complete their income taxes. His family called him the "Johnny Appleseed" of IRAs, as he helped many of the VITA clients start IRAs, to help them save taxes. He would tell every person he met to start an IRA as soon as possible. On July 6, 1946, he married Margareta M. Koenig in Stuttgart, Germany, who died in 1995. One daughter, Dr. Katryna Bogovich, died in 2010. He also served as a Treasurer, Vice President, and President of Alli West Senior Citizens, and was on the Zoning Board of Braddock Hills. He was a member of St. Coleman's Church and St. Maurice Church. He loved gardening, as long as he did not have to weed. It was his goal to develop a seedless tomato, which he did. His #44 tomato was loved by all. He gave plants away by the hundreds. His family called him "Gregor Mendel Bogovich" in his years- long pursuit of this tomato. Brother of the late Esther Hourican; surviving are a daughter, Dr. Kristina Bogovich and her spouse, William W. Kirsopp; his dear companion and fellow gardener for over 20 years, N. Jean Dunlay, and all her children and grandchildren. Also surviving are older brother, George R. Bogovich and a multitude of Bogovich and Hourican nephews, nieces, grand and great-grandnieces and nephews. Friends will be received 12 noon - 3 p.m., Saturday afternoon at THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME, Swissvale, PA. Mass of Christian Burial in the St. Coleman Roman Catholic Church on Monday morning at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Research Hospital for Children or the Salvation Army. www.niedfuneralhome.com