Marie C. Welsh Vogel of Blue Bell died peacefully on February 6, 2018 at her home in Normandy Farms Estates at the age of 90. She was born in Philadelphia on October 4, 1927, the daughter of the late Harry and Matilda (Brownworth) Kelly. She has resided in Blue Bell for the past 59 years where she and her late husband, Charles B. Welsh raised their family of five children.
Marie attended public schools in Philadelphia and after graduating from Germantown High School in 1945, she enrolled at Drexel University where she graduated with honors in June 1949 with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. She then began her career as a business teacher that she continued much of her adult life between tending to her family.
Affectionately known as “Nana” to her fifteen grandchildren and her twenty-five great grandchildren, she was devoted to her family. Friends and family were her passion and delight. Marie was a devout Catholic and an active member of Saint Helena’s parish for over 50 years. She also was involved as an organizer of 4H where she mentored youth in teaching knitting, and baking from her home on 883 Crestline Drive in Blue Bell.
Marie is survived by her devoted husband for the past twelve years, Jack Vogel. She is also survived by her daughter Mary Elizabeth (Welsh) Hayes and James P. Hayes of Media, PA; three sons: Thomas J. Welsh and his wife Kathy of Fallston, MD; John C. Welsh and his wife Mary Ann of Doylestown, PA; and Robert J. Welsh and his wife Andrea of Holland, PA. She is predeceased by her beloved daughter Anne M. (Welsh) Kohler, her daughter-in-law Debbie (Brown) Welsh, and her husband Charles B. Welsh of 52 years whose family of five children have 15 grandchildren: Elizabeth (Hayes) Romano, Amy (Welsh) Craig; James Hayes; TJ Welsh; Lauren (Kohler) Naldzin; John Hayes; Jennifer (Kohler) Watto; Mary Kate Kohler; Megan (Kohler) Britton; Katie Welsh; Anne Welsh; Stephen Welsh; Greg Welsh; Zach Welsh; Robert Welsh & also 25 great grandchildren: Emily, Jimmy, Olivia, Tessa, Madelyn, Kaitlyn, Michael, Dylan, Katie, Leah, Austin, Brianna, Charlie, Sawyer, Luke, Luca, Hayden, Connor, Adalyn, Halle, Patrick, Stella, Olivia, Lucy, and Conor.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11AM on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at St. Helena Church located at 1489 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422. Friends and family may visit starting at 10 AM. Burial arrangements are private and will follow immediately after the Mass.
Memorial Contributions in Marie Vogel’s Honor may be made to the American Heart Association by: A check payable to the American Heart Association and mailing it to PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL, 60693; Online at WWW. Heart.Org; Or by phone at 800-242-8721.