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Vogel, Ada Irene (Park)


Posted By: Lisa Walden (email)
Date: 7/30/2021 at 22:44:55

Ada Irene Park Vogel was born in Meeker, Colorado on August 21, 1922, the only daughter of Joseph LeRoy and Lula Woods Park. At the age of 4, her family moved to Lamoni, Iowa where they lived until 1941 when Irene graduated from Lamoni High School. The family then moved to California and soon settled at Dinuba.

Irene enrolled in Fresno State College and graduated 4 years later with a B.A. in music education. The following fall she began teaching and until 1949 taught in several schools in southern California: Bakersfield, Shafter, and Dinuba. She loved her students, but in 1949 was persuaded to change her career to that of homemaker.

Irene became the bride of Lawrence Vogel on February 20, 1949, at Evergreen Church near Lamoni, Iowa. They spent the following 30 years on the Vogel farm near Lamoni. They became the parents of 4 children: Mazy, Joy, Anna, and David. They also took Donald Keeler into their home and he became another son to them.

In 1976 they sold the farm and retired. After living for 2 years in Lamoni, they moved to their present home in Independence, Missouri. They also began an extended ministry to their church that took them to several parts of both the United States and Mexico.

Irene shared Lawrence's interest in the Indian people, and in Mexico, she enthusiastically joined him in learning Spanish in order to bring ministry in Saltillo, Coahuila; Jojutla, Morelos; and Matamoros, Tamaulipas. This challenge was interrupted only by her final illness and passing on April 16, 1987, at Independence, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph LeRoy Park; her mother, Lula Frances (Woods) Park, who lived to be 100 years old; and by 6 brothers: Herman, Miles, Leslie, Andrew and Vern Park.

Survivors include her husband, Lawrence; her 4 children: Mary Lois Vogel of Kansas City, Missouri: Joy Irene Vowel Delgado of Saltillo, Coahuila, Anna Lynn Vogel of Memphis, Tennessee; and David Lawrence Vogel of Glendale, Arizona, her foster son, Donald Gene Keeler of Creston, Iowa; her son-in-law Javier Delgado, daughters-in-law Mary Coleman Keeler and Debi Gard Vogel, 2 sisters-in-law, Ann Lee Park and Mary Lou Park Blish; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

She was close to many niece/nephews and cousins in Colorado, Arizona, California, and the midwest through her constant correspondence. She also loved Lawrence's family and regularly wrote to them. She had a deep feeling of identity with and love for her relatives and diligently sought out her family heritage in order to share it with her children.

Irene loved life, beauty, her many, many friends, and especially her Lord. Until the very end, she continued to hope for more time to spend at the work she loved. She appreciated very much all the care and concerns shown her. Her family feels richly blessed by her gracious sweet spirit and the love she shared with them.

Funeral services were held at the Kentucky Hills R.L.D.S. Church, Independence, Missouri, Monday, April 20, 1987. Graveside services were at Rose Hill Cemetery, Lamoni, Iowa.

Source: The Lamoni Chronicle, published in Lamoni, Iowa on Thursday, April 23rd, 1987, pg. 8


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