OBITUARY: Georgette L. "Toni" Vogel
Georgette L. “Toni” Vogel
July 13, 1935 – April 20, 2011
At this moment as we say,
“There she goes,”
There are other eyes watching her coming
And other voices ready to take up the glad shout:
“Here she comes!”
Born to Maurice and Hilda Rouiver in Pittsburgh, PA, Toni moved to Lake Tahoe with her new husband and love of her life, Rudy “The Plumber” Vogel in 1963. Together they owned and operated Rudy’s Plumbing and Heating for 33 years. These years were spent in typical Tahoe style surrounded by friends and loved ones where her home was always open for casual get-togethers and summer BBQs. Looking to start a career of her own, she worked at Barton Hospital from 1981 to 2001 where she brightened the lives of co-workers and patients alike with her engaging personality and sharp wit. If you couldn’t find her at Barton, you could find her at her “second” job at Lakeside Inn.
Upon retirement she and Rudy officially became snow birds. They enjoyed their well deserved retirement and planned to spend winters in Surprise, Arizona. Rudy died unexpectedly in 2002 but Toni continued to live their dream and enjoyed winters in Arizona with ‘new’ friends and summers in Tahoe with ‘old’ friends.
Toni will be forever remembered for her easy laugh, loving personality and steadfast love of Ben Roethlisberger and Tim Lincecum. An avid sports fan, she timed her departure to Arizona based on the NFL schedule and watched every televised game surrounded by Steelers and Giants memorabilia.
On April 20th in Arizona Toni returned to many family and dear friends who have pre-deceased her. Let their party begin.
She will be greatly missed by friends near and far and those fortunate enough to be considered family.
A celebration of her life and brunch will be held Saturday, July 9th from 11-2 at The Timberhouse Restaurant at Lakeside Inn & Casino, Stateline, Nevada. Donations in her honor may be made to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society, P.O. Box PET, So. Lake Tahoe,
CA 96158 or the charity of your choice.