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VOGEL, Nora May

May 23, 1920 – December 25, 2013

Nora passed away peacefully Christmas night at Brentwood Care Centre, Calgary, AB. She is now reunited with the love of her life Dr. Garson N. Vogel (1981, Rome, Italy).

Nora and Garson made family life a priority raising four children, Dr. Judy Vogel (Dr. Harvey Giesbrecht) Montreal, PQ, Paul Vogel (Joan) Ilderton, ON, Dr. Ellen Vogel (Dr. Bill Muirhead) Whitby, ON, and Beth Vogel (Norm Harburn) Calgary, AB. She is survived by sister Vera Pybus; brother Sam (Ethel) Blackwell; her grandchildren, Julia (Tim), Brennan (Myriam), Nathaniel, Maia (Everett), Cameron, and Miriam; and great-grandchildren Teo, Jonah, Aneya, and Serena.

Nora and Garson’s home always had a welcome mat by the front door for the many foreign diplomats he met in his role as Chief Commissioner with the Canadian Wheat Board. The children grew up embracing diversity and truly committed to service. With an undergraduate degree in Home Economics (University of Manitoba) and the completion of a dietetic internship (SickKids in Toronto), Nora returned to school at mid-life, enrolling in many undergraduate courses at the University of Winnipeg. Nora continued her supportive role for Garson’s career when they moved to Rome in 1977 where he assumed the position of Executive Director of the World Food Programme with the United Nations. While working overseas, Garson and Nora holidayed every summer at the much loved family cottage at West Hawk Lake.

The family will gather by the lake in the summer to share treasured memories of Mother. Cremation has taken place. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Should you wish to make a donation, please choose “Our Gathering Place Campaign”, L’Arche London, 2-521 Nottinghill Rd., London, Ont. N6K 4L4.

“May the road rise up to meet you,

may the wind be always at your back,

may the sun shine warm upon your face,

and until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

In living memory of Nora Vogel, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. So sorry to hear about your loss.
    My prayers are for you and your family during this sad time.
    Lucy

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  2. Michelle Martin :

    “Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.” – A. Einstein

    Wishing your family the warmest of condolences through this journey.
    May she live forever in the hearts of everyone she touched and loved.

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  3. Dear Ellen and family:
    Please accept my condolences for your loss. Your mother was a remarkable woman.

    Toba

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  4. Manon L and Pierre H :

    Dear Ellen, Bill & family,

    We want to send you all our deepest sympathies in memory of Nora.
    I am sure that she was a proud woman of all the accomplishments of you Ellen and Bill and of your whole family.
    You are in our thoughts
    Manon and Pierre

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  5. Carolyn and Ron :

    Dear Ellen and family,
    Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
    You all are such a wonderful tribute to Nora.
    With Love,
    Carolyn and Ron

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  6. Paul and Bernadette :

    Dear Ellen, Bill and family,

    Nora sounds like she was a remarkable lady. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you.

    Paul and Bernadette

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  7. Dr. Jim Leibfried :

    Judy, Paul, Ellen, Beth and families, My wife, Mary, and I extend our condolences and offer our prayers on the passing of your beloved mother. Take heart in knowing there is now also great joy at the reuniting of the spirits of Nora and Garson; as there always was after his return from many lengthy trips for the Can. Wheat Board and the World Food Program. Nora’s endless support for Gerry and their family made it possible for him to succeed so admirably as a great Canadian and world public servant. They served as role models for many of us.

    Take care, Jim and Mary Leibfried

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  8. Milly and James :

    Ellen – Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  9. chers amis,

    We offer you our condolences. You will always have good memories of your parents.

    Bern et Marie

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  10. Susan and Ian Mahoney :

    Paul and Joan and all of your family

    Please accept our condolences. We will be thinking of you at this sad time. Treasure your memories.

    Sue and Ian

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  11. Dear Judy, Harvey, Maia ,Everett and Family,
    my sincere condolences to each of you. My thoughts are with you at this delicate time.
    I know that you Maia brought a lot of joy to the relationship between your mother and your grandmother. You have shared many moments together and have built many memories together as a family. She is a part of all of you and she will be remembered always.
    With love to all the family, Carmela Mindel

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  12. Dear Judy, Harvey, Maia and Everett,

    Our deepest sympathies go out to you and to your extended families…

    Big hug – Carmela and Michael

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  13. Ellen,
    Wishing you peace in your time of sorrow.
    Sincerely, joan

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  14. Robert and Nawal :

    Dear Ellen, Bill, and family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss.
    May the thoughts and warm wishes of friends bring you comfort during this time.
    Robert and Nawal

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  15. Wendy and Brian McEwen :

    So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts at this sad time. Hopefully your memories of happier times will sustain you and give you strength. Wendy and Brian.

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  16. Dear Ellen and Bill,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, over the coming weeks. Memories are a treasure, hold on to them.
    Take good care,
    Andrea

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  17. Judy and Tom Carey :

    Our thoughts are with you. Memories of good times will sustain and comfort you.

    Judy & Tom

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  18. Dear Ellen and family,
    As you begin 2014 with this new reality, I hope memories of happier days provide comfort. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.
    -Salma

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