Vogel, Thora B.
Thora B. Vogel, 82 passed away on June 9, 2014 from complications of Parkinson's disease. She was born March 11, 1932 in Endicott, NY to James Archibald and Alida Burgher Tait. She graduated from Union Endicott High School and then Bowling Green State University in 1954 and majored in Political Science. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega national sorority and was named her senior year "Miss Bowling Green". Thora was an elementary school teacher prior to her marriage to Robert M. Vogel. Residing in Woodbridge and then Colonia, NJ, she became a widow at just 41 years old. As a single mother she further raised her three children, Harold, Victoria (Sweeney) and Gregory on a farm in Middletown, NJ where the family formed and engaged together in the equestrian business. She had a great love for the ocean as she spent a decade working with Hatteras Yachts trawling the east coast. She had a great love for books and her daily cover to cover reading if the NY Times. She followed her two sons to Arizona in 1984. Thora became the very first employee of The Land Advisors Organization where she was the office manager, receptionist and bookkeeper. She was employed there and participated in the growth of the company until her retirement in 2002. Thora leaves behind her three children, and five grandchildren (Gregory, Johnny and Jacqueline Vogel and Charlotte and Sydney Sweeney). A private service will be held at Riverhurst Cemetery in Endicott, NY where she will rest in peace alongside both her parents and her brother (James Tait) and sister (Alida Thomas). In remembrance of her life and multi-year struggle with Parkinson's disease donations may be made at: National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on June 11, 2014