OBITUARY

Susan J. Vogts

February 20, 1952June 4, 2021
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Susan Jane Vogts, age 69 years, former resident of Hesston, Kansas, passed away Friday, June 4, 2021, at The University of Kansas Medical Center after battling pancreatic cancer. Susan was born February 20, 1952, in Burlington, KS, the daughter of Harold Edwin and Virginia Mary (Weigel) Stewart. Susan was a 1970 graduate of Waverly High School and then attended McPherson County Community College where she received her Bachelors of Science degree. She was a long-term resident of McPherson County having raised two children, until moving to Hesston, KS. She was an avid follower of the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs. Her joys in life were visiting with friends and family, reading, cooking, and creating a garden retreat in her own backyard. What she cherished most of all was seeing her granddaughters Carlyn and Kaylie. Susan’s life long career was in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry as she was employed at Pfizer in McPherson, KS for 30 plus years. She enjoyed part time work at a local greenhouse and volunteered gardening assistance at the arboretum. She will always be remembered for her kind and gentle soul.

Survivors include: two children, Kerry Yamada of Leawood KS, and Darren Yamada of Ft. Worth TX; grandchildren, Carlyn Jones, Kaylie Yamada, Julian Yamada, and Hayden Yamada; two brothers and two sisters; as well as many nieces and nephews. Susan was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, KS. A Celebration of Life is being held on Monday, June 21 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Dyck Arboretum in Hesston.

Services

21 June

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dyck Arboretum of the Plains

177 W Hickory St
Heston, KS 67062

21 June

Celebration of Life Gathering

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dyck Arboretum of the Plains

117 W. Hickory Street
Hesston, KS 67062

Unvaccinated guests are required to wear facial masks.

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Susan J. Vogts

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Mandy Stucky

June 16, 2021

Susan was one-of-a-kind! Incredibly kind-hearted, dependable, fun and always smiling. When she had a new picture of her grandkids, she would always pull me aside to show them to me. Then she would proceed to tell me the cutest stories of which we would cry and laugh over. She loved her family so much! I was honored to work with such a great lady and will miss her dearly. Kerry and Darren, I am truly sorry. I'm sending you many hugs and prayers. May God grant you peace and comfort.

Chris Hancock

June 14, 2021

Susan's optimism and kindness to others made an impression on me. 10 years ago I first met Susan at Pfizer (formerly Hospira) while working on the production floor and Susan in Validation. Even under rough conditions, Susan maintained her composure and sunny disposition, and I've always admired that.

She will be missed, and I hope that her family can find comfort in the broad impact that Susan had on others her during her lifetime.

Penny Pyle

June 10, 2021

I enjoyed working with Susan - despite our age differences she fondly called me momma and I did the same. She told me to call her anytime of the night when needing help at work. One of the kindest souls that I have had the pleasure of working with. My condolences to the family. I will truly miss her❤️

Kim Ritenour-rodgers

June 10, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Susan's family during this difficult time.

Susan will be deeply missed. I got to know Susan through our employment at the Pfizer McPherson site. She was always smiling and had a positive attitude no matter the situation. The thing that I remember the most is her willingness to support others. No matter how busy and stressed she was, Susan always made time to share her knowledge and assist her colleagues.

Rest in Peace Susan!

Ian MacKellar

June 10, 2021

I am so very sorry to hear of Susan's passing. She and I worked together at the Pfizer McPherson site and I don't believe there was a time I saw her where she was not smiling and bringing positivity to everyone around her.

My condolences to the family. I hope you find some joy in the memories that you keep of Susan and comfort in knowing how many lives she positively impacted.

Champika Jayasinghe

June 9, 2021

My deepest condolences to Susan’s family!!!! She was a very sweet lady, with a smile on her face all the time. May she rest in peace.

Gustave Rizzuto

June 8, 2021

I have worked with Susan for the last 11 years at Hospira/Pfizer, and I'm so saddened to hear of her passing. Susan was such an example of an ideal worker. In all the years I've known her she was always kind to others and treated others with the utmost respect. She was always available to help and teach anyone that needed help, no matter what the issue was. Never ever did I hear her complain or have a negative response to anything. It is unfortunate that some wait to say kind words until its too late, but unlike Susan that was not the case; she always had kind words of encouragement to all. Susan, you will be missed dearly.

Kory Jowers

June 8, 2021

I will always remember no matter how many hours she would work during medias she never lost her smile and always had good attitude about whatever came up. She will be missed.

Terry Pierce

June 8, 2021

I worked with Susan for 20 years at what is now Pfizer. She was one of the most beautiful, generous, caring and compassionate souls that I know. God gave her a light that she shared with all that knew her. It will not be dimmed by her passing. Rest in peace, my friend. ❤️

Wendell Rigsbee

June 8, 2021

My deepest condolences to Susans family.. I worked with Susan on many occasions and it was an honor to have had that chance. She was such a kind person and a pleasure to work with.

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