Shirley Marie Smith Vogt

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Shirley Marie Smith Vogt, 84, formerly of West Alexander, passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2013, in Erie, where she resided following her husband’s death in 2008.


She was born April 16, 1928, in Phoenixville, a daughter of the late Leslie E. and Ethel Corbett Smith. She was the last of her immediate family


Mrs. Vogt was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.


She was Lutheran.


Mrs. Vogt was a 1945 graduate of Phoenixville High School. She was a bookkeeper her entire adult life, retiring from Benedem-Tree Oil Co. in Pittsburgh. She learned to knit in high school. Throughout her life, she enjoyed both teaching the craft of knitting and counted cross stitch and making items for herself, family, and friends.


She was a member and past worthy matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 496, in Phoenixville.


Mrs. Vogt loved all animals, especially dogs. Her constant companion and much-loved pug, Olivia, will miss her. In the 1980s, she bred and showed AKC Belgian sheepdogs and was a member of the Belgian Sheepdog Rescue Trust, providing shelter for many Belgian sheepdogs, until permanent homes could be found.


She and her family enjoyed their summer home at Holiday Camplands for 25 years. She especially enjoyed the times her grandsons came “to the lake” and fished. In her retirement, she enjoyed feeding the birds, working in her flower gardens and watching her golden retrievers run on her property in West Alexander.


Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her husband, Howard Paul Vogt. She and her husband were devoted to each other throughout their 52 years of marriage, until his death.


Also deceased are a sister, Jane Smith Peirson; brothers-in-law John “Jack” Peirson, Gilbert Vogt and Noland Vogt; and sisters-in-law Erna “Blondie” Nobbe Vogt and Barbara Long Vogt.


Surviving are a daughter, Wendy V. Szallay and husband Frank of Erie; a son, Paul L. Vogt of Albuquerque, N.M.; a son, James B. Vogt of Cranberry Township; beloved grandchildren Christopher P. Rusmisel of Claysville, Senior Airman Adam C. Rusmisel of Cheyenne, Wy., and Matthew and Carolyn Vogt of Cranberry.


“MeMe Shirley,” as she was called by her grandchildren, always attended her grandchildren’s events. Also surviving are five nieces and nephews, including William L. Peirson and his family of Bel Air, Md.


Friends and family are invited to visitation from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Monday, February 11, in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Chester Springs. Interment will follow in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Chester Springs. She will be buried next to her husband, mother, father, sister and brother-in-law.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Therapy Dogs United, 1940 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505 or Regional Home Health and Hospice, 3526 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16508. Arrangements were entrusted to Burton Westlake Funeral Home, 3801 West 26th Street, Erie, PA 16506. Send condolences at www.Burtonfuneralhome.com.


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