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Karen Vogel

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Karen Vogel Obituary

VOGEL - Karen Ann (nee Seversen) January 7, 1956 - January 27, 2024 aged 68 years Karen Ann Vogel (Seversen) was born during a cold, blizzardy night on January 7, 1956, at Kindersley Union Hospital in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, to Andrew and Elsie Seversen. In 1959, the family moved to Pelly, where she attended school. After graduating from high school, Karen worked one year in the hardware department at the Pelly Co-op before attending the University Of Saskatchewan College Of Education for three (3) years. During those summers and in subsequent years, she worked with her brother Wade as a plumber's assistant and at Kendall Motors in Kamsack, where she pumped gas and sold Ford auto parts. At Pelly school, she met Bernie Vogel, 2 years her senior. Their first date was a hockey game in Benito where Bernie got his front teeth knocked out and spent the night in the hospital. He stole her heart that night; five and a half years later after Karen completed her 3rd year of university, they were engaged. Karen and Bernie were married on June 17, 1978 at St. Philips Church; Bernie farmed while Karen continued at Kendall Motors and began substitute teaching. They built a house 1 mile north of Pelly and moved there in 1982. In September, 1981, their son Neil was born; their son Jordan arrived in April, 1983. Karen was always supportive of her sons, encouraging them in whatever they chose to pursue. Her boys, including her husband, were her life: her support was unwavering and she inspired those around her with her lifelong love of learning and good conversation. Laughter was her medicine. In 1980, Karen began teaching full time; she taught at Arran, Fort Pelly, and Fort Livingstone Schools over the next 30+ years. She enjoyed supporting extracurricular events and was devoted to supporting both her students, and her coworkers with whom she built long-lasting relationships. She also took on the task of helping with computers in schools, and she carried that interest in technology forward through her work on the farm. Karen enjoyed sports: softball, fastball, baseball, hockey, and curling were her favorites. She believed in community and devoted considerable time and effort to Pelly Minor Sports. Karen retired from teaching in 2010; from there on, she was focused on family and farming taking on accounting, baling, monitoring the cows through the cow cam, and coordinating field operations. Karen and Bernie also made time for travelling, taking in various trips and cruises. Especially memorable for her were the family trip to Churchill in 2019 and her trip to Spain with friends, in 2022. Karen also enjoyed spending time sitting out on the dock at Lake of the Prairies, where Neil moved when he came back home in 2018. When Lori came along, Karen finally had another woman to support her in the family. Grandson Jace was born in September, 2007. Jordy and Lori were married in June, 2008. Granddaughter Presley was born in August, 2009. Jace lit a new light inside Karen and having a granddaughter to worry about renewed her energy and gave her new purpose. The last decade was especially bittersweet, spending time with her grandchildren as they grew up, and our family grew closer together. The last couple years were tough as she suffered increasing pain related to an underlying medical condition, while staying strong for her family. On Saturday, January 27, 2024, 20 days after her 68th birthday, Karen passed away suddenly with her boys at her side, and her girls rushing back to be with her. She was predeceased by her parents, Andrew and Elsie Seversen, her brother Vern Seversen, her father-in-law Edward Vogel and her brothers-in-law Lorne Vogel and Russel Lulashnyk. She is survived by her husband Bernie, her son Neil, her son Jordan and wife Lori (Yarycky), and her grandchildren Jace and Presley. She is also survived by her sisters Donna Lulashnyk and Belle Marie (Larry) Sutherland, her brothers Wade (Debbie) Seversen and Sig (Lori) Seversen, her mother-in-law Anne (Vogel), her sisters-in-law Lynette Seversen, Wendy Vogel, and Holly (Danny) Hudye, and her nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved very much. Our hearts will never be made whole from our loss. Her memory, strength, and spirit will live on through her family and friends, and through her deeds. Memorial Service was held on February 6, 2024 from Pelly Community Hall, Pelly, SK., with Father Andrzej Sowa officiating. Donation in memory of Karen may be made to Norquay Parkland Libary (25 Main Street, Norquay, SK., S0A2V0). To leave a note of condolence for the family please visit


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Funeral Service
February 6, 2024

2:00 PM
Pelly Community Hall
101 2nd Street East
Pelly, Saskatchewan S0A 2V0

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