The family of Marilyn Janice Blea Vogel invites you to join them in celebrating her birth into eternal life. Marilyn went home to God on March 8, 2011, surrounded by her loving family and caregivers. Her visitation service will be Thursday, March 10, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, March 11, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.
The vigil service, a gathering of prayer and memory, will be held at LaGrone, at 7 p.m., Friday, March 11, 2011. The memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 12, 2011, at St. Peter Catholic Church. Marilyn Janice Blea was born July 6, 1926, in Roswell, to John and Charlotte Blea. Before her graduation from Roswell High School in 1944, she met her sweetheart, Lt. Richard Vogel, at a USO dance.
Marilyn became a Catholic and married Dick at St. Peter Church, beginning her lifelong love for the Church, service of God and passion for ministry. While raising her 12 children, Marilyn gave more than 50 years of service to St. Peter Church through the PTA, Catholic Daughters, CFM, Parish Council, RCIA, liturgy and retreat planning, and religious education, including six years as CCD coordinator and 27 years of creating and facilitating classes for adults.
Anyone who crossed the threshold of 807 W. Deming St., or St. Peter Parish, knew the welcoming embrace of Marilyn Vogel. She was an avid reader of thousands of books, and never stopped learning or teaching. Her zest for knowledge led her to reach for the nearest reference volume, be it encyclopedia, map, atlas, dictionary or science book to satisfy her curiosity.
She was a very gifted woman. Her creativity was expressed through gardening, writing and sharing her stories and designing and making banners, as well as sewing for her family, including many wedding and bridesmaidâ€™s dresses for her daughters. Out of love for the men in her life, she learned to tolerate sports and became an avid fan of the Lakers. Her love of nature included rides to the country, days in the mountains, camping trips and accepting every imaginable critter into her home.
Marilyn graciously shared these passions with her family, creating a living legacy. Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Dick Vogel; and her parents; and two sisters, Patsy Stone and Sylvia George. She is survived by her 12 children, Jan McKee and husband Jerry, Vicky (Frances) MontaÃ±o and husband David, Babs Morris and husband Peter, Cathy Gregory and husband Pat, Julie Adams and husband Mike, Tish Resnik and husband Bill, Betsy Buckel and husband Jim, John Vogel and wife Sylvia, and Bob, Tom, Jim and wife Christen and Valerie Vogel; 38 grandchildren, Vicky Moon and husband David, Mike and wife Suzanne, Steve and wife Shelly McKee, Melissa McQuerry and husband Carl, Daniel MontaÃ±o and wife Jodi, Taho and Maddy, Mason and Mitchell Morris, Daniel Gregory and wife Lori Kane, Jim Gregory and Michael, Brad and wife Kristi, Matt and Amanda Adams, Steven John Sunday and fiancÃ©e Loretta Males, Will Sergeant and wife Paige, Chris Buckel, Kay Craft and husband Shon, Matt, Julie, Andrew, Samantha, Grayson, Sage and Makaela Vogel, and Hannah, Rebekah, Leah and Naomi Marko; 27 great-grandchildren, Dylan and Madison Moon, Mitchell, Harrison, Samuel, Jonathan, Rylee, Tucker and Libby McKee, Jacob T. Boor, Nicholas MontaÃ±o and Ava Jade McQuerry, Aloura, Skylar and Daniel MontaÃ±o, Hunter and Haley, Serenity and Isabella Adams, Steven and Alexandra Sunday, Camryn James, Hipolito Gurule, Taylor and Trenton Sergeant and Joshua and Allison Craft; sister, Charlotte Boswell; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Marilynâ€™s family wishes to express sincere gratitude to all those who offered her warm and loving care, especially her primary caregivers, Bertha, Claudia and Gloria. Donations may be made in Marilynâ€™s memory to St. Peter Catholic Church or the Poor Clare Monastery. Friends and family may give their condolences online at lagronefuneralchapels. com. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.