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Celebration of Life Service

Ernie was born in Steinbach, Manitoba and lived in Manitoba for most of his life.
Ernie trained as an actuary, worked at Manufacturer's Life Insurance early in his career, and became head of the department of Actuarial Mathematics at the University of Manitoba in 1958. At U of M, Ernie was a favourite among students and colleagues for his quick wit, sound advice and helpful manner. A loving son and brother, Ernie cared for his aged parents and assisted in the care of his brother Arthur and brother-in-law Victor, setting an example of compassion and dignity.
Kathy was born in Ukraine during Stalin's brutal consolidation of power, which left her fatherless at age eight and struggling to survive with her mother and brothers. Kathy's resilience was forged as she moved from country to country in her youth, learning new languages, manufacturing ball bearings in a German work camp, and later working as a housemaid to a Nazi commandant. Immigrating to Steinbach, Manitoba with her family in 1946, she met the love of her life Ernie while working in a local print shop, and they married in 1951.
Their son Rick was born in Scarborough in 1952, and their daughter Lori was born in Scarborough in 1957. During this time, Ernie trained as an actuary and became Head of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Manitoba in 1958. As the family lay roots in Winnipeg, Kathy became a devoted homemaker, skilled seamstress, and talented painter.
In 1990, Kathy and Ernie retired to Victoria, BC and celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 2001. Kathy embraced her role as dedicated caregiver to husband Ernie, who lost his stoic battle with Crohn's disease and Parkinson's in 2008. In later life, Kathy enjoyed spending time at her daughter's farm, strolling the ocean's edge with friends, and visiting her son and grandchild in California. In her last decade of life, daughter Lori oversaw Kathy's care at St. Charles Manor, delighting her with berries and other treats from her farm. Kathy passed away peacefully in Victoria, BC on September 10, 2021 to join her husband of 56 years (Ernie) in Heaven.
The family would like to invite you to join them as they celebrate the lives of Ernst and Kathy Vogt. A graveside service will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday July 9, 2022 at the Steinbach Memorial Cemetery. Followed by a Faspa lunch at Crossings Funeral Care.
If you are planning on attending, the family kindly asks that you RSVP by emailing Rick Livingstone at:

Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at

Arrangements entrusted to:
Crossings Funeral Care
Steinbach, Manitoba
(204) 326-7203

As published in The Carillon on Jun 30, 2022

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