In Memory of

Johanna

Vogels

(Koks)

Obituary for Johanna Vogels (Koks)

Johanna (Ann) Maria Vogels (nee Koks) died peacefully and comfortably at home with her three eldest daughters by her side in the early morning of Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 96 years of age. Beloved wife of the late Marinus (Mike) Vogels.

Loving mom to Maria (Bill) MacDonald, Harry Vogels (Kelly), Irene (Don) Martin, Joanne (Darrell) Darling, Marty (Angie) Vogels, John Vogels (Tia), Tony Vogels (d: Jan 10, 1982) and Josey Vogels (Daniel). Oma to Krista, Kathryn, Michelle, Kyle, Mike, Michael, Shawn, Avarie-Rose, Tony, Abigail and Ben.

Omama to several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren

Survived by sister Lena Paxton and brother Jeff Koks. Predeceased by seven sisters and brothers and their spouses and five sister and brother-in-laws and their spouses. Remembered with much love by her many nieces and nephews in Canada and the Netherlands.

Mom lived through so much in the almost century she was here — vast social and technological changes, WWII, immigrating to Canada with two small children, running a farm, raising eight kids, losing her youngest son and her husband. For the last two years, she soldiered bravely and gracefully through two knee surgeries, and, of course, this pandemic, ever practical, rarely complaining, always positive.

Her resilience, strength, and poise have been an inspiration to us all. And her wicked sense of humour never wavered. Knowing the end was near, our sister commented about how nice it will be for her to be reunited with our dad to which she joked, “He was still a handsome, young man when he died, I’m an old lady now; he won’t be interested in me.” But, of course, as always, mom was absolutely beautiful right to the end, both inside and out.

A book could be written about our mom’s full and rich life and lucky for us, our dad did write one that chronicles their incredible journey together up until his death in 1994. In it, he writes about making the difficult decision to continue the farm business they started when his sister and her husband realized they would not be able to continue their partnership due to health reasons. As a perfect example of her pragmatic will and determination, our Dad wrote: “The decision to keep going was made on an afternoon with the two of us sitting at the table in what we called the back-kitchen. We had to decide, so I asked my wife: ‘What shall we do?’ We hadn’t talked long when she said: ‘Let’s keep going.’ That was all there was to it.”

That’s exactly what mom would say now to all of us who feel the deep hole that her loss leaves in our lives.

“Let’s keep going. That’s all there is to it.”

We will remember her deeply, profoundly and forever.

Due to the pandemic, a small family service will be held. If desired, donations in her honour can be made to the following:
(VHA) Hospice Care https://www.vha.ca/palliative/
Community Care Durham: https://www.communitycaredurham.on.ca/
St Francis of Assisi Church https://stfrancisnewcastle.ca/
St Vincent de Paul http://lakeshore.ssvp.on.ca/
Bowmanville Hospital https://www.bowmanvillehospitalfoundation.com/about-bowmanville-hospital/