Tina L. Vogel Reese
June 8 1951 – January 28, 2020
Tina L. Vogel Reese, 68, passed in peace surrounded by family and friends early Tuesday, at her home in Shelby County.
Born June 8, 1951, in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Carl Gustave and Mary Agnes (Kuhn) Weingarth. She married Robert H. Reese in 2000, and he preceded her in death in 2009.
Surviving are her children, Christopher L. Vogel, Jenell Z. Coulter, Ryan C. Murphy (Sarah Penrose), Sarah R. Murphy, Jessica E. (David) Hettwer, William C. Murphy (Jillian L. Wiseman) and Mary E. Murphy (Ryan E. Lewis); grandchildren Henry, Levi, Lexi, Roman, Mercy, Ali, Malia, Demari’, Peyton, Syrys, Faran, JanaLynne, Teagan, Elias, GracyAnn, Hendrix, Ella, Jaxyne, AryAuna and Argus; stepdaughter, Candace M. Reese VanVolkenburgh; stepgrandchildren, Christopher, Austin, Alexis, Danielle and Hunter; step-great-grandson, Leo; a sister, Judy C. Sprengelmeyer; an aunt, Betty Ann (George) Hoeltke; several cousins; the fathers of her children, Mark L. Vogel and Mike Murphy; and her loving companion of the past three years, Chuck Merritt.
Also surviving are countless friends of her children, who were always welcomed into her home with a smile and a hug from the remarkable, loving woman they also called Momma.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; paternal grandparents, William and Bertha Weingarth; maternal grandparents, George and Mary Kuhn; daughter, Grace L. Murphy; grandson, Naja Price; a brother, Randall L. Weingarth; and several aunts and uncles.
Tina attended Colescott (Pearson) elementary and Shelbyville High School, where she was a majorette, graduating in 1969. She attended Ball State University with her lifelong friend and co-conspirator, Susan E. Worland.
As a teenager in school, with both parents working, she often prepared lunch for her dad and cooked meals for the kids she babysat. The experience stood her in good stead as a home-style cook for her ever-growing family, best known for her “world-famous vegetable soup” according to grandson Teagan. Thanksgiving was traditionally at the country homestead built by her German ancestors, and there was always enough food for family, friends and friends of friends.
Although always centered at her home, Tina was well traveled. As a girl she made numerous automobile trips with her family all across the United States. She received the first passport ever issued by the Shelby County Clerk’s Office by her mother, who worked there at the time, then traveled to Mexico and Germany as a teenager. She lived briefly in Dayton, Ohio, and at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City. She later moved with her growing family to Quad Cities for several years and accompanied her sister on a trip to California while awaiting the arrival of Will, her youngest son. That same son recently swept her off to Chicago for a Van Morrison concert, which she thoroughly enjoyed -- former flower child, hippie and Earth Mother that she was.
Tina was once a meter maid, possibly the only one Shelbyville ever had. Shortly after high school, she was employed at IPC (Freudenberg). Tina received her real estate license and was an agent for a short time. Probably the project she was most proud of, aside from raising her children, was acting as the contractor for a four-unit apartment building at 525 South Pike Street, constructed as part of her family’s small rental business, Weingarth Properties LLC. At the time of her passing, Tina was property manager and co-general manager of the firm.
Tina loved to read and surrounded herself with books, reading them quickly and then sharing with friends or restocking local Little Libraries. Music was important in her daily life, and she loved attending live performances, often featuring a family member or two. Like her mother, brother and sister, she enjoyed both jigsaw and crossword puzzles and was a whiz at both. She loved having her children and grandchildren around her but also treasured her quiet “alone” times.
Tina was a lifelong member of Zion Evangelical Church in Shelby County, where she was a member of the Women’s Guild and served on the Altar Committee.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 pm Saturday at Zion Evangelical Church, 7025 East County Road 100 North, in Shelby County, with pastors Bradley Schultz and Ronnie Caine officiating.
Visitation will be two hours prior to the service, with a reception following, all at the church.
Interment will be at Zion Cemetery in Shelby County.
Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.
Memorial contributions in Tina’s name may be made to Zion Evangelical Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be shared with Tina’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.