Martha Vogen
Martha Vogen

Martha Ellen Vogen, 93, died Saturday morning, July 12, 2014, at the Stewartville Care Center.

She was born June 26, 1921, in Austin, Minn., the eighth daughter of Casper and Cora (Wead) Bremseth. 

She was married in 1940 and later divorced.  On Aug. 13, 1973, she married Gerhart Vogen in Harmony. 

She resided in and around Fillmore County her entire life where she enjoyed dancing, fishing, jigsaw puzzles and most of all, the company of family and friends.  Her husband died July 26, 1985. 

Her final years were spent at the Stewartville Care Center where she found new friends among the patients and staff.

She was a long-standing member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley.

Martha is survived by six children, Barbara Swenson of Lincoln, Ark., Arlyn (Beverly) Sorum of Round Rock, Tex., Geraldine Sporcic of Springfield, Mo., Nick (Maggie) Sorum of Rochester, Marilyn Hegna of Springdale, Ark., and Gene Sorum of Hsinchu, Taiwan; four grandchildren, Darwin Guy, Douglas (Sue) Guy, Debra McCabe and Dawn (Nub) Elmore;  five stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Ovedia Bakken of Wykoff; one brother, Jim Johnson of Rochester and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by nine sisters and six brothers.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Dennis Timmerman officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Wednesday an hour before the service.

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