Mrs. Loretta Julia Vogt, 95, of Joplin, Missouri, departed this life on Saturday, December 25, 2021, at Wildwood Ranch in Joplin, after a recent decline in health.
Loretta entered this life on March 25, 1926, in Pierce City, Missouri, daughter of the late Clyde and Leona (Friday) Baldridge. She was raised in Pierce City and was a graduate of Pierce City High School. On October 10, 1946, she was united in marriage to Bill Vogt and to this union two daughters were born. In 1954, they moved their family to Joplin, Missouri. Besides being a devoted homemaker, Loretta worked for several years as assistant manager of S&H Greenstamp Store in Joplin. She enjoyed reading and time spent in her garden. Loretta was a faithful member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
Loretta was known for her beautiful smile, her gorgeous eyes, even her spunky, witty sense of humor. Most of all, she was known for her kind heart. She knew no stranger. Anyone and everyone were always welcome in her home and were always greeted with a “go get yourself a cookie out of the cookie jar”!
One of Loretta’s favorite joys in life was spending Christmas with her family. You could speak to her any given month of the year and you could be sure she would mention something about getting together for Christmas. She loved Christmas and she loved her family so it only made sense she decided to spend this Christmas with her family one last time before passing later that night. In her witty, funny sense of humor, this is probably her way to make sure her family celebrates “her” each and every year!
If you knew Loretta, you loved her! She was a wife, a mother and what most knew her as… she was Nana! She will forever be missed and she will definitely never be forgotten.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill Vogt; a daughter, Peggy Esch; and a brother, Richard Baldridge.
Loretta is survived by her daughter, Judy Cartright and husband, Ken, of Webb City; five grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.
Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday morning, December 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Joplin with Father Joe Weidenbenner officiating. Burial will follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rosary will be recited on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary with visitation to follow until 7:30 p.m. Memorials are being directed to either St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Joplin Area Catholic Schools c/o the mortuary. Arrangements are under the direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin, Missouri.