Catherine Vogel Obituary

Catherine J.
Catherine J. "Kady" Vogel

October 12, 1930 - April 3, 2019
Born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Resided in Wheaton, Illinois


Catherine “Kady” Vogel, née Westwood, 88, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, on April 3rd, 2019. Catherine was born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, on October 12th, 1930.

Catherine was the beloved wife of the late Richard F. Vogel, Sr., and the loving mother of the late Richard F. Vogel, Jr. (Joan), Donna Gillen (Jeff), Delora Duff (Michael), and Rodger Vogel (Lorri).
She was the cherished “Nani” to granddaughters Christine Bradley, Michelle McNiel (Andrew), Suzanne Hannau (Jonathan), Kimberlee Arvanitis (Anastasios), Dominique Nicklaus (Craig), Danielle Duff, step-grandchildren Sarah Jurkowski (Sean), Jason Schwalm, Monica Maris, great- grandchild Page Catherine Bradley, and great step-grandchildren Ella, Van, and Kaia Jurkowski, and Gwen Schwalm.
Catherine was sister to Edna Doyle (Jack, deceased), Harold “Joey” Westwood (Sharon), and Mary Jane Durma (Paul).
Catherine was the dear daughter of Harold and Eva Kelly Westwood, both deceased. Her paternal grandparents were James and Ada Westwood, both deceased. Her maternal grandparents were John and Catherine Kelly, both deceased.

Her AncestryDNA results showed 50% Irish and 50% English heritage.
Whether she was your mom, Nani, sister, or friend, we can all agree, she is a hero and an inspiration - tiny but mighty.
Catherine’s faith was strong - she was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, in Wheaton, from 1962 until 2003 and later from 2014 to 2019. She was a member of St. Daniel the Prophet Catholic Church, in Wheaton, from 2003 to 2014. She was married at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, in Wheaton, on August 25th, 1951. She instilled deep Christian values in her children and grandchildren. She prayed daily for her loved ones and for all the poor souls in purgatory.
Catherine was widowed at age 42. She continued to work full time while raising her four children. She said it was not easy but being a strong Irish-Catholic woman got her through the hard times. She beat breast cancer twice and survived ESRD for a remarkable 5 years.
Catherine always referred to herself as a child of the Great Depression. From the age of 12, she held a job to help support her family. She retired from Illinois Bell/Ameritech at age 58, after 42 years of service, with perfect attendance. She was a proud member of the Pioneers and the CWA Union. Her strong work ethic inspired all who knew her.
Catherine will be remembered for her generous heart, sparkling eyes, warm smile, and her witty sense of humor. Kady was so smart, so sweet, so kind, and so loving, and yet she was able to fit all of that fabulousness into a size 2 dress. Nani loved goodies and taught all of her grandchildren to always pick out the sweets with the most frosting, and yet, she remained a size 2. We love you, you “SB”!

Prayer service and mass will be held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, in Wheaton, on Saturday, June 1st, 11 AM. Her family requests any donations are made to your favorite charity, mission, or church.

A few of her favorite things
• Spending quality time with her family and friends, sharing laughs
• Her many exotic pets and fur babies throughout her life
• Going out to eat, especially for lobster
• Traveling
• Bowling
• Dancing
• Going on Sunday car rides
• Looking at Elvis and listening to his music
• Watching Steve Harvey on Family Feud
• Watching Wheel of Fortune
• Doing word puzzles and jumbles
• Talking on the phone
• Wearing parrot earrings
• Occasionally drinking Miller Lite or Captain Morgan
• Grocery shopping
• Complaining about gas prices
• Making fudge, rum balls, and bread for family and friends
• Experimenting with her decadent brownie recipe




Memorial Mass
St. Mark's Catholic Church
300 E Cole Ave
Wheaton, IL US 60187
Saturday, June 1, 2019
11:00 AM
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