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Vogel was accomplished seamstress, homemaker


April 26, 2018

Lola Vogel

There will be a funeral for longtime resident Lola Vogel at the Haines Presbyterian Church Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. Vogel, 95, died peacefully on April 18 in Houston, Texas where she had resided in an assisted living facility near her daughter's home for the past few years.

She had a quick smile and curious mind. She loved her family (she and husband Ed reared four active children), and was primarily a homemaker. Vogel was very social, a loyal friend, and a good neighbor.

An accomplished seamstress, she sewed clothes and more for family and friends. Generations of local children received personalized towels from Vogel when they were born or as special gifts. "She bought bolts of white terry cloth and all my bias tape for the lettering," Charlotte Olerud, who owned a fabric store, said. Vogel chose her materials carefully, was "very" thrifty, and saved everything, so she usually had what Girl Scout leaders needed for craft projects. She sewed pillowcases for wedding and graduation presents and loved to crochet.  "Lola's gifts went all over the world," neighbor Nancy Nash said, noting that moose-themed pillowcases belonging to her daughter, who works in the foreign service, are treasured and all Vogel's handiwork was "artistic and sturdily made."

"Lola typed on her old typewriter and always had lots of correspondence going on, to old friends and family in Montana, Juneau, even in Haines," Olerud said. "When she moved Lola told me more news about Haines than I knew." Her letters typically ran two-to-three pages (front and back) and were single-spaced "to save paper," daughter Judy Bryan said.

Lola Margaret Kidd Vogel, was born to James W. and Lulu M. (Zabel) Kidd, in Havre, Montana on March 30, 1923.  She grew up on a homestead near Gildford, where she graduated from high school.  In 1947 she married Edmund A. Vogel, a WWII veteran from Kremlin, MT. They honeymooned in Juneau, which became their home, and where their children were born.  In 1959 the family moved to Haines where she lived until relocating to Houston.

Vogel was in a homemaker's club, two quilt groups, and was involved with the formation of the Southeast Alaska State Fair, as well as a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Juneau. She attended the Presbyterian Church in Haines.

Nancy Nash's children called Vogel their "grandma across the street" and she and Nash's own mother wrote to each other for decades after meeting in Haines in 1976.

"We miss Lola," Nash said.

Lola Vogel was preceded in death by her son Rex, husband Edmund, and brother Alan. She is survived by her sister Jean Knapp of Columbus, NE; daughters Judy (Rich) Bryan of Irving, TX and Susan (Brian) Cudnik of Houston, TX; son David (Jeanie) Vogel of Skagway; four grandchildren and three great-grandsons and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be given to Hospice of Haines at PO Box 1034 Haines, AK 99827. Cards may sent to the family C/O Dave Vogel, PO Box 351, Skagway, AK 99840


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