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It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the sudden passing of Kathleen “Kathy” Mary Vogel (nee:O’Connell) of Rochester, New York on August 14, 2023 at the age of 63.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children, or as she called them, “kidlets”, Michael and Taylor Converse and her brother, Michael (Donna) O’Connell.
She will also be dearly missed by her long-time love, Nicholas J. Vito as well as her nieces, nephews, and close friends, of which she had many.
Kathy was predeceased by her husband John Vogel, sister Debra A. O’Connell, and the two she cherished most, her parents Sevey Adrian and Eileen Marion O’Connell.
Born in and raised in Charlotte, NY where she attended both Holy Cross and Charlotte High School (sometimes), Kathy made and maintained many relationships along the way and in her heyday, you could most likely find her at the Penny Arcade. There, she would meet her first husband, Michael Converse, with whom she would later have her two loving children. Becoming a mother was one of her biggest achievements in life. Kathy ensured that her children always felt loved and encouraged them to be themselves no matter the circumstances.
Kathy had a love for cooking, music, bowling, motorcycles and animals. If you visited her home, you would never leave hungry. And if you attended a concert with her, you knew you were in for a night. Although she was petite, Kathy bowled with a 16 pound ball and when on the back of a Harley, she rode with no fear. During her lifetime, she spoiled many animals, including the ones outside (Chippy and Squirrelly Joe, you know who you are). Her favorite animals and the ones she spoiled most were Oscar and Fiona, her French Bulldogs. Her presence in a room could not be ignored and if you ever had the pleasure to meet her, you undoubtedly have a Kathy story. She will be missed beyond measure.
A Celebration of Life will be held in true Kathy fashion, with music, food and libations on September 8, 2023 from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM at The Thomas X. Grasso Erie Canal Lodge in Greece Canal Park – 241 Elmgrove Road, 14626. Beginning at 5:30 PM, a eulogy will be read by her children, and afterwards, friends and family will be invited to share stories. Guests are encouraged to wear her two favorite colors, purple or green, in honor of her life and legacy.