Jean R. Vogtli

It is with great sadness to note the passing of Jean R. Vogtli on March 26, 2014. An avid Christian Scientist, Jean advocated this religion’s precepts of prayer and metaphysical healing. Along with being active in local branch churches in Gowanda and Hamburg, NY, working in the Reading Room, serving on the Board of Directors, as Sunday School teacher, and in the capacities of both First and Second Reader, she was also a member of the Mother Church in Boston where she attended formal class instruction in spiritual healing. For the community of Gowanda, over the years she volunteered in various capacities from Girl Scout Leader to Historical Society and Civic Club projects. She was very involved in the Fall Festival Scarecrow event and her home was featured on the Gowanda Historic Tour of Homes, which she also worked on for years. Most recently, she was a Board member helping to restore the Historic Hollywood Theater and volunteered her time at Gowanda’s Aldrich Street Elementary School assisting in the office, but especially loved working with the children’s reading programs.

Jean was born on Jan. 16, 1928 in Buffalo, NY and was married for nearly 48 years to Donald Vogtli until he passed away in 1994. She leaves behind daughter Janet and son-in-law Joseph Vogtli; daughter Pamela and son-in-law Norman Compson; and daughter Nanci Vogtli. Also survived by brother Edwin Stevenson; sister-in-law Dorothy Vogtli; nieces and nephew; half-sisters Nancy Steven-son McLellan, Patricia Stevenson Shaw, Dorothy Elizabeth Stevenson Ruland; and half-brother James Stevenson.

She will be remembered for her dedication to family, church and community, as well as her fruit pies, famous deviled eggs and baked beans. The aroma of homemade cookies frequently filled the Vogtli family home. When not baking or volunteering, you could often find Jean working in the gravel pit office on Broadway Road doing the bookkeeping for Vogtli Concrete where she was a real whiz on the adding machine.

Memorial services will be held at the Schindler Funeral Home at 44 Center Street in Gowanda, NY on Saturday, April 5 at 11 a.m. with visiting hours from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 4. The family would gratefully request, in lieu of sending flowers, to please make donations to the restoration of the Historic Hollywood Theater built in 1926 P.O. Box 164, Gowanda, NY 14070 or the Gowanda Ministerial Association Food Pantry, P.O. Box 126, Gowanda, NY 14070.