Our mom passed away peacefully at home October 25, 2021. She lived a full and rewarding life and decided it was time to reunite with our dad.
Carol Ann was born in Los Angeles, CA on June 15, 1934, a daughter of Neal and Frances Vogelsang. Her mother passed away at an early age when she was nine. Mom’s dad remarried when she was 13, whom we know as Grandma. Upon graduation from high school, Carol received a scholarship to Holy Cross Hospital Nursing School in Salt Lake City where she started a 50-year career in the nursing profession.
In 1956, Carol Ann was active in the Scanlon Club, a social club for single Catholics. There she met the love of her life, Jim. He asked her to breakfast after Mass and were engaged three months later. They married in August of 1957 at the Cathedral of the Madeleine.
Nursing was Carol Ann’s calling. After obtaining her RN in 1955, she worked in the Salt Lake nursing community until the move to Ogden, UT in 1968. There she went on become a successful rehabilitation nurse and advocate in the nursing community. She organized and opened the Supportive and Rehabilitation Units in McKay Dee Hospital and went on to earn her bachelor’s in nursing in 1973, while a working mom of four kids.
Our mom’s nursing accomplishments are many. She started the Ogden Community Heart Club; Director of Nurses, Bountiful Care Convalescent Center; Past president and board member of Utah Nurses Association; past president and board member of Utah and National chapter of Association of Rehabilitation Nurses; Utah Heart Association board of directors; appointed to Diocesan Commission for Persons with Disabilities; selected to represent the nursing profession and the U.S. in the People-to-People Mission in the People’s Republic of China in 1980; Clinical Faculty Nursing program, U of U and Weber State College; appointed to Utah Board of Nursing by Gov. Norm Bangerter in 1987; medical and legal consultant in private practice. She was a guest speaker at numerous conferences and has published a number of publications related to her profession.
Carol Ann was a passionate advocate for the nursing community and her patients. During the last couple of years, when she was on the receiving end of care, she did not hesitate to continue to “train” her nurses. We are so very proud of her.
Carol Ann’s passion for nursing was only eclipsed by her passion for her faith and family. Carol was a lifelong member of the Roman Catholic Church and spent her life in devotion to God. She is a member of Holy Family Parish where she was a teacher of Religious Education and lecture and reader at weekly mass. Her commitment to God and family was unwavering.
Carol is survived by her children, Jean, Bobby, Chris (Samie) and Mary; six grandchildren, Jennifer, Jessica, Beau, Christina, Cait and Allegra; brother-in-law, Jackie (Theresa); niece Patty and nephews Peter and Jackie Jr. She is preceded in death by her dear husband Jim; grandchildren Heather, Jake and Joe; her parents, her brother Tom and niece Terry.
There are so many of our mom’s friends that have our gratitude for watching over her these last couple of years. Her dear friends in Ogden and the members of Holy Family Parish will forever be in our hearts and we will always cherish the love you bestowed upon both our parents.
Madeleine Birch, our mother’s constant companion, driver and loving friend making sure she received communion each week. Our mom loved you and we are so very grateful. Thanks also to Applegate HomeCare & Hospice for their care of our mom especially during these last few weeks. Thank you, Kristi, for providing loving care to our mom over the years.
Our mom remained upbeat throughout the last couple of years. If you asked her how she was doing, her reply was always the same, “I’m doing great today”. Her smile was infectious, her hugs were comforting, and her love was unconditional and endless. One could never wish to have such a life filled with absolute joy and fulfillment. Our mom died as did our father, a very happy person with absolutely no regrets. We will miss her dearly but are honored to have called you ‘mom’. We love you.
Family will greet friends on Thursday, November 4th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836-36th St., Ogden, UT. A Rosary Service will follow at 7:30 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be held on November 5, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church 1100 E. 5550 S. Ogden, Utah. Luncheon to follow.
Please wear a mask at both events if you are not fully vaccinated.
Our mother loved animals and dogs, so in lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite animal charity.