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Obituary: Edward G. Vogel, North Vernon

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After losing the love of his life ten years ago, and fighting an illness for the past three, Edward G. Vogel was called home to join his wife, Stella.

Ed, 89, of North Vernon, passed away at 11:42 a.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at his home of 55 years, surrounded by those who loved him most.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Four Corners in North Vernon on Friday, February 8, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Jonathan Meyer and the Rev. Ryan McCarthy will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Sawyer- Pickett Funeral & Cremation Service in North Vernon, with a rosary service beginning at 3:30 p.m. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Born April 24, 1923, in Brooklyn, Iowa, Edward was the son of Leo and Marie Claes Vogel. He married Stella Elsner on May 21, 1947. She preceded him in death on February 7, 2003. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and later worked as a carpenter and farmer.

Ed never met a stranger. He impacted so many lives, especially with his passion for woodworking, and making rosaries from Job’s tears. He was devoted to God and his family and could oftentimes be found praying with his rosary in hand. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus. He was able to comfort many crying babies with his big strong hands, funny faces and booming voice. He spent countless hours helping others, working on anything that could be fixed with a hammer. He loved the great outdoors. In recent times, in warm weather, he enjoyed being outside, visiting with friends and sharing his many stories.

Ed and Stella loved to dance and were known to clear the dance floor as others watched in amazement at their fancy footwork. No one could call a square dance quite like Ed. His zest for life was infectious.

He (Pops) was a shining example for his children and grandchildren, teaching them valuable lessons about the importance of hard work and faith, and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by daughters, Theresa (Jerry) Simmons of Seymour, Pamela (Lee) Cole of Indianapolis, and Patricia (Larry) Cassidy of Shelbyville; sons, Dennis (Linda) and Richard (Felicia) Vogel of North Vernon, and Fred (Sally) Vogel of Seymour; brothers, John, James, and Donald Vogel of Iowa, and Bernard Vogel of Missouri; sisters, Dorothy Schmidt of Iowa and Anna Meador of Kansas; grandchildren, Brian Simmons, Jennifer Johnson, Debi McLaughlin, Aaron and David Miles, Susan Miles Ellenwood, Daniel, Mark, Colby, Jessica, Katherine and Xavier Vogel, Suzanne Vogel Dippold, Deanna and Matthew Cole, Rachael and Lauren Cassidy; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Vogel was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a grandson, Jacob Vogel; and brothers, Anthony, Joe, Paul and Francis Vogel.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Our Hospice of Jennings County or Hayden Museum Building Fund.

Friends and family are invited to light a candle or leave a message of condolence in Ed’s memory at

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