Anna Margaretha Vogt-Rudin
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Anna (aka Annagrit, Gretl, Anne) Vogt-Rudin passed away peacefully at Grace Healthcare in Glenwood Springs after a gradually increasing weakness and complications resulting from a 1997 stroke.
Ann was born in Rapperswil (on the lake of Zurich) Switzerland, daughter of Ernst Rudin and Anna Brodbeck Rudin. She grew up in Rapperswil, but like many Swiss, spent much time in the Alps. She went to school in her home town (except for one year in the Alps at Braunwald), and completed her studies of chemistry in Zurich. After that she worked at her father’s pharmaceutical factory for several years, before moving to Geneva, where she was employed by another pharmaceutical firm.
In Geneva in 1947, she met her future husband, Julian Vogt, who had just completed a year with the UN in the Soviet Union. A year later they were married in Geneva and Rapperswil, and then they moved to Germany for 3 years to direct cultural centers (Amerikahauser) for the U.S. Army and State Department. Anne took an active part in this work, and their two sons were born during this time.
In 1956, after several years in Maryland, the family spent 4 years in Spain, where they travelled widely, and made enduring friendships with some of the local people. From Spain, they moved back to Virginia, and in 1971, Julian retired and moved with Anne to Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Anne was a devoted wife and mother of a close-knit family until the boys went to college. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, correspondence in several languages, teaching, and travelling, as well as hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities, together with her family. When she married, she gave up her pharmaceutical profession, and in Virginia began teaching languages, which she continued in Colorado. Like many Swiss, she was multi-lingual.
Anne and Julian moved to Glenwood Springs to be in the mountains, close to nature and cultural activities. Anne became active in the Toastmistress Club, and continued to teach languages at the local schools, including Colorado Rocky Mountain School, and Colorado Mountain College. She helped organized a French conversation club, which is still active. She continued to travel, always with Julian, both in the U.S. and abroad. After retirement, they went every three years to Europe, primarily Switzerland, for extended stays of 6 months to a year. At home, she kept up a lively correspondence with friends near and far. She had planned to write memoirs of her family, but this goal was cut off after her stroke in 1997. Anne loved to hike and ski, and took exercise classes at CMC. She enjoyed dancing, and with her husband, went square-, round-, folk and ballroom dancing. As a child, Anne had played the home organ, and sung in the church choir; she liked classical and folk music of various countries. She and her husband went often to the Aspen Music Festival, and occasionally to the Vail ballet performances.
Anne was preceded in death by her three siblings, Ernst and Lisbeth Rudin, and Gertrude Nievergelt-Rudin. She is survived by her husband; sons Carl of Minnesota and Michael of Columbia, SC; grandchildren Vincent and Danielle Vogt of Minnesota, Larissa Riggin of New Jersey and Jeffrey Vogt of Maryland; and by nieces Erica Rudin and Elisabeth Seifert-Rudin of Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland.
Anne’s family wishes to thank her family doctor, Susan Inscore and staff, at Glenwood Medical Associates, and all the personnel of Grace Healthcare at Glenwood for their excellent care. At Anne’s request, no services are planned, but contributions can be made in her memory to the National Stroke Association, 9707 E. Easter Lane, Centennial, CO 80112; or to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland, or to the charity of your choice.
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