Obituary: Vogt, Elsie Helen
Elsie Vogt, born January 25, 1912 who celebrated her 100th birthday this year, passed away from this life to be with her Lord on April 15, 2012. She was born on a farm near Fairfield, WA to William and Bertha Reifenberger and spent her childhood and early adulthood in that community. She graduated from Cheney Normal School with a degree majoring in art education with minors in music and english. Elsie taught several years before marrying Karl Vogt on October 20, 1935. They spent their married years farming near Plaza, WA. Karl died in 1974. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother Fred Reifenberger and sisters, Martha Haas, Lillie Hahner, Rose Brinken, Gertude Atwell and Elfrieda Kennedy. During her lifetime she was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Fairfield where she was baptized and confirmed and since 1969 she was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Spokane Valley, WA. All her life she was active in her church serving as Sunday school teacher, church organist, choir director and taking leadership positions in the women’s organizations. For many years she was also actively involved in community affairs and spent several years as a school board member of Plaza and later Spangle school districts. She is survived by her children; Armin (Barbara) Vogt, Ursula (Ted) Potter and Richard (Mary Ann) Vogt. Her grandchildren; Kristen Vogt (Bob) Morgan, Armin (Beth) Vogt, Rebecca Vogt (Curran) Dempsey, Jean Potter (Michael) Scheid and Jonathan (Ashley) Potter. Her step grandchildren; Michael (Trina) Guthrie, John (Cathy) Guthrie and Suzanne Guthrie. Also 15 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Family Home Hospice or the Liberty Community Education Foundation. A special thank you to the Denson family at the Able Adult Family Home the great care Elsie received. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 27, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11315 East Broadway in Spokane Valley. SCHANZENBACH FUNERAL HOME, Rosalia, WA.