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Phyllis Marion Wright Hogel

1925 - 2021

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Phyllis Marion Wright Hogel

Burlington - Phyllis Marion Wright Hogel of Burlington, and formerly of Milton and Essex Junction, passed away peacefully at age 95 on Friday January 15th 2021.

Phyllis was born in Grafton, Vermont on the Wright Apple Orchard owned and operated by her father and grandfather Charles Wright on June 1st, 1925, to Norman and Roseanna Wright. She attended Northfield Mount Herman School formerly known as the Northfield Seminary for Young...

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Daren McLay

February 12, 2021 2:18 PM

To the family of Phyllis Hogel:
 We are sorry to learn of the loss of your mother. We feel we have lost a very good friend of 53 years!
 Your mom came by to introduce herself when we moved into Kellner’s house on Edgewood Drive in Essex Junction, August of 1968, two doors from where you grew up. We discovered some common interests when she would stop by to visit. One was skiing. She drove me and a sorority sister to Bolton one day during a week. It was great to have the slopes virtually to ourselves.
 A year and a half later, we purchased a house across town on Redwood Terrace. On moving day, your mom presented us with a casserole. To this day, I still remember how tasty the combination of shrimp was with bread soaked in milk and eggs. With all the responsibility of family she had at home, she still managed to make a meal to help us out.
 In the meantime, my husband, Richard, consulted at GE in the summer. He and your dad shared rides to work. Your folks had begun building their home on the lake. We had been looking for a lake lot, - - and the rest is history. We will forever be indebted to your family for sharing that information! Once again, we lived two doors apart, at least in the summer.
 Almost every day your mom and I walked Cold Spring Road with other neighbors. We picked raspberries together. She made sure we always had some fiddleheads she foraged. One still day with brilliant sunshine, we packed our kids in each of our canoes and paddled together almost all of the way down to the Sandbar and back. As I think about it today I can’t believe we did that. Your mom was known as the social secretary of Cold Spring Road. She would enlist folks for numerous church suppers during the summer. This activity carried over into the fall for the harvest dinners.
 As the years passed by, we moved away from Vermont twice, but always returned in the summer. Eventually, we returned to Vermont a third and final time to South Burlington. Your mom moved into South Burlington also, though not two doors apart, perhaps two miles apart instead. We invited your mom and Barbara, at least once in each summer, for lunch at the lake. We would walk the road and she saw some of her old neighbors. We hiked Red Rocks Park, near her home, several times. We cross country skied together in our neighborhood down the street in Wheeler Natural Park. We planned an annual dinner with Bob and Mary Anne Chaffee, friends from our first neighborhood. We took turns at each other’s homes. This gradually changed into going out to dinner, - - and having dessert in our homes with much discussion afterwards, catching up. This even continued after your mom moved to the Converse Home.
 We miss her. She will be remembered well.

   Daren McLay

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