Passed away on June 8, 2019
Gregory William Vogel, 69, of Englewood, Florida, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Venice Regional Hospital with family at his side. Greg was born on March 4, 1950, in South Bend, Indiana, to the late Nelson and Carolyn (Drzewiecki) Vogel. He lived most of his life in northern Indiana and worked as an elementary school teacher, coach, and mentor in the Mishawaka, Indiana, school system for over 35 years. His career took him from Beiger Elementary to Twin Branch Elementary to Battell Elementary, before retiring in 2006. Greg moved to Englewood, Florida, in 2006, and was a founding member of the Charlotte Harbor Parrot Head Club, serving ten years in the capacity of Social Director. He is survived by his loving family, including his wife, Marianne (“Mitzi”); his three sons Joshua (Jana), Jacob (Billie) James-Vogel, and Jesse (Nick) Vogel-Kerr; his step-daughters Suzy Weber and Amanda Mielcarz (Justin); his grandchildren Caleb and Arianna (Joshua) and Grant and Riley (Jacob); his brothers Michael, Nelson, and Thomas, and their families; and his beloved dog, Jack. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in Greg’s honor be made to The Back Pack Kidz of Charlotte County (backpackkidz.com).
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Ashley Griggs (Johnson)
June 14, 2019
Was my mentally handicapped brothers teacher in the sixth grade for two years at Twin Branch school. He would always make my older brother Scott give me a hug when we passed in the hallway as a kindergarten and than first grader I was so proud of my brother and always looked forward to a hug. My brother being a typical teenager was always embarrassed I thought it was hilarious. We had a rough childhood but Mr. Vogel loved us and most importantly wanted us to love one another. I remember on many occasions Mr. Vogel would come visit us in the cafeteria and he would come up behind me with pig tails in my hair and ask if I wanted to be a horse or a motorcycle. I would choose either and he would use my pig tails pretending I was either sound affects and all. He truly had a profound impact on our lives and will forever remain our favorite teacher. I never got to personally thank him but always wanted to. To his friends and family I am so sorry for your loss and pray one day we will meet again. He has inspired along with many others to be an educator, so thank you.
June 14, 2019
I first met Gregory Williams James Vogel when he was doing student teaching at South Side School. He was a great person and teacher. He was one of the few teachers that set the stage for your future even at a young age. I am sure I am not alone in feeling this way, and even at Beiger he did the same. I am glad I had a person who impacted my life, he once told me " You can do anything you want it just depends on how bad you want to do it" and that has stuck with me my whole life. I pray god gives you the peace and comfort the whole family.
June 14, 2019
Rest In Peace good Sir. Mr. Vogel ( I will always refer to him as that) was my fourth grade teacher. He was one of the reasons I became an elementary school teacher. I am now in my 26th year of teaching and like him I don’t need a whistle at recess. Gone but not forgotten. I will continue to try uphold the standards of excellence he demonstrated in the classroom and on the field as our flag football coach. He was a great example of what great teachers are and should be.