Sunday, September 18, 2022

Obituary - Beatrice M. "Bea" Vogel


Funeral mass for Bea will begin at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose, Missouri.

Officiating at Mass will be Fr. Jason Koch and Fr. Tom Hermes.

Visitation rosary will precede Mass at the church. VISITATION: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. and ROSARY: 10:30 a.m.

Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Montrose, Missouri.

The family suggests any memorials be given to St. Mary’s Cemetery or St. Ludger’s Germantown Cemetery and may be left at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City.

Beatrice “Bea” Margaret Vogel, age 99 of Montrose, MO, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at Carnegie Village SLC in Belton, MO where she has resided since 2017. She was born on November 30, 1922, in Marcus, IA, the second of eight children of Theodore “Ted” and Clara (Rotert) Greufe. Bea was six months old when the family moved back to their hometown, Germantown, MO, to help farm the Rotert homestead after the accidental death of Clara’s only sibling, Ben Rotert. Ted and Clara eventually purchased the Rotert family farm where Bea and her seven siblings were raised.

Bea attended Maple Grove Elementary School in Germantown and graduated 8th grade in 1937. She helped on the farm and worked for other people in the area as a caregiver, later she worked as a waitress in Ballard and in Butler MO. In 1942, she moved to Kansas City and went to work for Butler Manufacturing and other companies, assembling products for the war effort.

On June 20, 1944, she married Erwin Vogel at St. Ludger’s Catholic Church in Germantown. After living in Kansas City for a few years and the birth of two daughters, they returned to the Germantown area in 1948 where they raised their six children: Barbara, Carolyn, Donald, William, Judy, and Jerry. Erwin was part owner and operator of Vogel’s TV and Appliances in Montrose, MO, and in 1957 moved the family to Montrose, they bought the farm west of town in 1960. Bea worked hard on the small farm, raising hatchery chickens and a few cattle plus maintaining large gardens. Erwin passed away from cancer in October 1963, leaving her to solely provide for their young family. She went to work as a seamstress at Unitog in Clinton, MO, where she remained until retiring in 1991. After retirement, she continued to work caring for several home-bound individuals. While at Unitog, she represented her coworkers as Union Stewart and enjoyed attending conventions throughout the country. She loved to travel and was always eager to join her kids on their family vacations, or her siblings on camping adventures, or her daughters (and sisters) on road trips. She continued to travel while in her nineties including a trip to Rome at 94 years of age.

Bea was a devout and active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose, MO, where she was a Eucharistic Minister both at Mass and to the homebound and hospitalized. She was a long-time member of the Altar Sodality and was sacristan for 20 years, setting up for daily and weekend Masses, and leading the rosary before Mass. She washed and ironed the alter linens and server’s vestment, participated in and was the contact person for the prayer chain, as well as helped with church fundraisers including the annual Labor Day Picnic. She also taught CCD for nine years and received the Bishop’s Recognition Award for special service to her parish.

As the family matriarch, she delighted in her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren and rarely missed a baptism, first communion, or wedding. Her children and grandchildren cherish the incredible quilts she made for each of them. Affectionally known as “Grandma Bea”, she was dearly loved, greatly admired, and left a legacy of hard work, strong faith, and giving spirit for her family to emulate.

She is preceded in death by her husband Erwin, her parents, all her siblings including three sisters; Benita (Joe) Grinzinger, Alice (Glen) Westhusing, and Ellen (Joe) Burrough and four brothers; Boniface (June), Ludger (Rita), Leland, and Howard Greufe, two infant great grandchildren, and several brothers and sisters-in-law.

Bea is survived by her six children Barbara (Ed) Steinbach, Montrose, MO, Carolyn (Mike) Pope, Garfield, AR, Don (Cathy) Vogel, Pleasant Hill, MO, Bill (Deb) Vogel, Montrose, MO, Judy (Dennis) Daugherty, Raymore, MO, and Jerry Vogel, Deepwater, MO. She also leaves her 16 grandchildren and their spouses, 39 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren as well as sisters-in-law Evelyn Greufe, Pleasant Hill, MO, Betty Kniffen, Lenexa, KS, Jane Vogel, KC, KS, Charlotte Vogel, Harrisonville, MO, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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