The Life of Erika Vogel
(27 September 1939 - 17 April 2020) Erika Vogel, a long-time resident of the Alexandria area, passed away on 17 April 2020 at Silverado Memory Care, Alexandria, Virginia. She was born on 27 September 1939 in Hamburg, Germany, to Herr and Frau Carl Meyer and Margaretha Vogel Meyer. Erika and her sisters, Rosemarie and Margret, were raised in the Baltic Sea town of Eckernforde. Erika graduated from the University of Gottingen, Germany, as a physical therapist. Erika, her mother, and her sisters immigrated to the United States in the early 1960s. Erika, as a divorced mother, raised alone a wonderful son named Matthias Vogel. His death at the age of 33 years and 11 months in October 2003 from leukemia was a devastating loss for her. Erika and Matthias had adopted her mother’s maiden name Vogel. Erika for many years was a highly respected, home-visiting physical therapist in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Her personality reflected honesty, empathy, and lack of pretension. She loved working and recreating outdoors in nature. The Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls, Maryland, was a special place for her, as was her garden. She was an independent soul who was exuberant about life. Erika was a loving daughter, sister, mother, and friend. She had a difficult but rewarding life and is loved and missed. Erika is survived by her sister Margret Janello, Margret’s husband Martin Janello, her nephew Eric Hochadel, his wife Claudia Hochadel, her grandnephew Rutger Hochadel, her cousin Christian Sueverkruep, his wife Claudia Sueverkruep, and many friends, including Daniel Leubecker, Waldi Crawford, Stefan Crawford, Owen Keegan family, David Deal, Bard Malovany, Marie Benoite, Meriwether Rumrill family, Richard Locasso, Serge Liros, Dale Brown, Stacey Andrews, Sheryl Hudson, Eileen Deymier, Steve O’Brien, Eileen O’Neil, Dick Christensen, Dieter Roesler, Jeane and Loren Larson, Erna Harris, Jane and Don Butler, Christine Gretschel Genner, and Christa Malek Mohamadi among others.