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Rachel Vogel Feb. 9, 1917 - June 28, 2017


July 11, 2017

Rachel Vogel

Rachel Vogel

Feb. 9, 1917 - June 28, 2017

Rachel Fannie Vogel, 100, of Sweet Home died just before midnight on June 28, 2017.

She was born Feb. 9, 1917 in Sweet Home to William and Fanny Mealey (pronounced May-Lee), the youngest of six children.

She graduated in 1934 from Sweet Home Union High School, after which she attended Oregon College of Education in Monmouth.

She graduated from OCE in 1936 and started teaching at the age of 19. She played the organ at Bethel Lutheran Church.

After World War II she worked as an accountant for Pacific Airmotive in Anchorage, Alaska. That was where she met her future husband, Evan Harry Rollins.

They were married April 4, 1947.

Mrs. Rollins earned her master’s degree in Library Science from Western Oregon University in her 40s and went on to develop one of the top school district-based library systems in the country in Sweet Home.

She and Mr. Rollins retired at the age of 60 and built a house in Hana on Maui in Hawaii where they lived for 25 years until his death in 2002. He is interred at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland where she will be interred beside him.

After her husband’s death, Mrs. Rollins sold the house in Hawaii and moved back to Sweet Home, where she lived in the house that her father had built in 1903 and in which she was born.

She was remarried to the Rev. Theodore Vogel on May 14, 2005. Rev. Vogel died on Dec. 15, 2011. The then-Mrs. Vogel continued to live in the old family home until her death.

She is the last surviving member of her immediate family and the matriarch of her extended family.

She will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Vogel is survived by her three sons, Laurence M. Rollins of Albany; Gary D. Rollins of LaFollette, Tenn.; and Kerry D. Rollins of Aloha; many nieces and nephews; grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Per her wishes, she will be cremated. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 434 Grant St., in Lebanon.


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