MARQUETTE, MI – Margaret Frances Linn Bogdan passed away peacefully at Mother Teresa House in Lansing, Michigan on December 10, 2021. She had just turned 94 years old. Maggie, as she was known to almost everyone who knew her, was the oldest of four children born to her German-American mother and Chinese father. Her mixed heritage was a source of abundant interest to all who knew her – a source of pride as well as societal prejudice.
Maggie’s life was filled with travel, excitement and danger. When she was two, her family moved to Singapore to join her father’s extended family of professionals, including politicians, doctors, and race car drivers. His two sisters and his brother were then born there. She survived a flare-up that killed her two sisters. The Sino-Japanese War and the outbreak of World War II in the Pacific forced her mother to flee with her and her little brother, John, in tow, traveling by boat, from China to Indonesia, Singapore and eventually to India under British control. . They endured hunger and hardship, including attacks on their ships.
As displaced people in India, she and her family were accommodated in a refugee camp. From there, she moved to a convent that charitably received refugees and orphans. When the war ended, the family of three finally relocated to Chicago. By her own admission, her suffering had left her as thin as a straw. Her experiences accumulated during this period will haunt her to the end.
Maggie Linn is best known as a world-class watercolor artist. Her humble beginnings in the Chicago art world led her to create commercial designs for wallpaper, greeting cards, and posters. Also in her twenties, while there she was in charge of 50 other artists, including Nita Engel, who became a longtime friend and then introduced her to the beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Maggie moved to UP and eventually achieved her goal of entering the prestigious American Watercolor Society, paving the way for a successful career as a watercolourist, teacher, and mentor. His paintings generally reveal astute observations of the intricate and detailed beauty of nature.
Maggie’s life changed again when she met Thaddeus “Ted” Bogdan, with whom she shared many outdoor interests as well as culinary passions. Their relationship ended in marriage and a move to Front Street in Marquette, where she became the stepmother to two young daughters, Kathy and Laurie, and inherited five other older Bogdan children. Childless, it was a brave new world that Maggie enthusiastically embraced. Of course, the move also changed the Front Street home, the living room was altered to become her studio, complete with a large tub to support Maggie’s ongoing artistic endeavors. Eventually, Maggie broadened her artistic visibility by joining the STUDIO Gallery cooperative in Presque Isle, owned by her friend and fellow artist Kathleen Conover. And, with an empty nest on Front Street, she and Ted moved to a new home on Lake Superior, a place they enjoyed tremendously even after Ted was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Maggie treated him with great love and care during his decline. With the passing of Ted Bogdan in 2014, Maggie continued her artistic engagement with her professional colleagues at the Presque Isle STUDIO gallery. There, as well as in her home, she was often visited by dear friends and family, far too numerous to mention individually.
The isolation from the Covid pandemic took its toll on Maggie and she began to suffer from illnesses that had not been brought under control. Finally, without any conceivable means of continuing to live independently, Maggie moved to Lansing, where Home Mother Teresa provided her with the spiritual comfort and support she badly needed during her final days.
The family is grateful to the caring and caring staff at Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice, who, in Maggie’s words, “Treated her like a human being” and Mother Teresa House in Lansing, where her spiritual needs were also taken care of.
Donations on behalf of Margaret Linn Bogdan can be made to Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice, 914 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855 and Mother Teresa House, 308 N. Walnut St., Lansing, MI 48933.
Visitations will take place in the Episcopal Hall of Saint-Pierre Cathedral on Friday, December 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., where a eulogy will be shared. A Christian burial mass will follow in the church at 12:30 p.m., with Reverend Michael Steber officiating. The visit and the mass will be broadcast live on: https://my.gather.app/re member / margaret-maggi e-bogdan.
Interment will take place in Sainte-Croix cemetery at 2 p.m. Friday and will also be broadcast live on: https://my.gather.app/remember/margaret-maggie-bogda n.
Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services helps the Bogdan family where Maggie’s memories can be shared on canalefuneral.com.