Of Natick, MA went home to be with his Lord on August 5, 2021 after a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 78. Visitation will be at John Everett & Sons in NATICK, MA from 3-6 pm on Sunday, August 15. A service celebrating his life will be held at 10 am on August 16 at Westgate Church in Weston, MA. The family of Stephen Vogel kindly asks that everyone attending the visiting hours and funeral service, please wear a mask.
Steve, also known as Stote, Stevie, Dad, and Grampa, was born on October 4, 1942, the oldest son of Helen F. (Cooley) Vogel and William L. Vogel. He was raised in Westwood, MA, where he played football and spent summers on Cape Cod with his brothers John and David, and his sister Anne. He graduated from Boston College with a degree in Accounting, completed additional studies in Civil Engineering at Northeastern University, and served in the Army National Guard. For many years, Steve worked in a family business, WES Construction, ultimately serving as President. Later, he joined Umbro & Sons Construction. In all these roles, he was known for his sound judgment, his hard work, and his loyal presence as a good buddy and mentor to his co-workers. Steve's greatest source of pride and joy was his family. Over decades in Natick, he was a present and loving father – coaching soccer, building Pinewood Derby cars, and helping with math homework. He was undoubtedly the #1 fan of his children and grandchildren, attending countless dance recitals, band concerts, and sporting events. Steve loved classic cars, obscure trivia, and Boston sports teams. He was an avid golfer, an exceptional card player, and an exuberant whistler. Steve had a sharp mind and great sense of direction. You could seemingly drop him off anywhere on the East Coast, and he would know his way around – and where to find a good sub or donut down the street. Steve and his wife, Sandy, celebrated 50 years of marriage earlier this year. Their faithful love over many years and their tender care for each other in the face of his illness will remain a special gift and memory.
Steve was predeceased by his parents, William L. and Helen F. (Cooley) Vogel, his brother David Vogel, and his sister, Anne Vogel. Steve is survived by his wife, Sandy Vogel of Natick, MA; his children: Michael Vogel and his wife, Elizabeth, of Carol Stream, IL; Michelle Kleinsasser and her husband, Zack, of Dedham, MA; Daniel Vogel and his wife, Campbell, of Alexandria, VA; and Melissa Vogel of Boston, MA; his brother, John Vogel and his wife Betsy of Mount Pleasant, SC; as well as 15 grandchildren (Jake, Josh, Jonathan, James, and Jeremiah Vogel; Charlie, Grady, Caroline, Case, Alice, and Eloise Kleinsasser; and Page, Georgia, Lyle, and Helen Vogel) and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Steve's legacy of steady love and quiet faith lives on in the lives of his children, grandchildren, and the many others who cared for him.
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