Thanks to Dick Dammann for letting me know about Laurel's passing.
I often check the area funeral home websites but don't always catch someone who has Manning connections, especially when they don't have the maiden names of women in the initial link for recent deaths...

Laurel (Singsank) Vogl

MHS 1957

Laurel Vogl, age 83, of Carroll and formerly of Halbur, peacefully passed away, surrounded by her family on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2023, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Halbur. The celebrant will be Fr. Terry Roder. Music will be by Julie Sibbel and the St. Augustine Choir. Lectors will be Bob Danner and Roger Kasperbauer. Gift Bearers will be Kim Hill, Nick Richards, Hadley Hummel, and Joey Vogl. Eucharistic Minister will be Adella Vogl. Casket Bearers will be Nick Richards, Tyler Hill, Gary Danner, Gary Vogl, Todd Singsank, and Steve Kasperbauer. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 5-7 p.m. at the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll. A rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. The casket will be moved to St. Augustine Church on Tuesday morning where visitation will resume from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.

Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Laurel's family at

Laurel Cecelia, the daughter of John and Jennie (Muhlbauer) Singsank was born on September 25, 1939, in Manning, Iowa. She grew up in Manning and attended Ewoldt No. 2 country school, and graduated from Manning High School in 1957.

On June 9, 1958, Laurel was united in marriage to the love of her life, Earl Vogl, and they were blessed with five children. This June they were able to celebrate their 65 years of marriage with their family and friends. The couple made their home north of Halbur where they were engaged in grain and livestock farming. In 2016 they moved off the farm and into the Carroll community.

Laurel's pride and joy was her family. She enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and spending time with her family. Laurel also enjoyed playing cards, camping, and traveling. She was a member of St. Augustine Guild and Parish in Halbur.

Left to celebrate Laurel's life is her husband of 65 years, Earl Vogl; her children: Randy (Maria) Vogl of Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Rhonda (Carl) Richards of Calamus; Rich (Joan) Vogl of Carroll; and Dr. Rod (Kim Jameson) Vogl of Memphis, Tennessee; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; her sister: Cleo (Gary) Hansen; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Jean Singsank, Connie Singsank, Lorraine Vogl, John (Adella) Vogl, Dorothy Danner, Mary Ann Kasperbauer, Levan Eich, as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended relatives.

Laurel was preceded in death by her parents, John and Jenny Singsank; parents-in-law: John and Elizabeth Vogl; a daughter in infancy, Teresa Vogl; her siblings: Earl Singsank, Margaret (Russ) Popp, Della (Don) Berg, Glenn Singsank, Verna (Merlin) Hass; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Betty (Leo) Danner, Joe Vogl, Leroy (Barb) Vogl, Pete Danner, Norbert Kasperbauer, and Mike Eich.

Page 13 of the Manning Schools history book

Back: Larry Genzen, Russ Spies, Jack Mohr, Glen Singsank, Ruth Sextro, Donna Spies
Third: Tom Grau, Maxine Sextro, Verna Singsank, Mary Alice Mohr, Emil Grau
Second: Laurel Singsank, Darlene Genzen
Front: Gary Handlos, Stan Spies, Jay Musfeldt, Ron Mohr, Cleo Singsank, Linda Handlos, Loretta Lerssen

Stan Spies, Laurel Singsank, Jay Musfeldt, Darlene Genzen

Back: Russ Spies, Glen Singsank, Tom Grau, Ruth Sextro, Donna Spies, Maxine Sextro
Middle: Verna Singsank, Larry Genzen, Mary Alice Mohr, Emil Grau
Front: Jay Musfeldt, Darlene Genzen, Stan Spies, Laurel Singsank

Back: Verna Singsank, Maxine Sextro, Mary Alice Mohr, Donna Spies, Ruth Sextro
Front: Darlene Genzen, Laurel Singsank

Remember when they taught cursive writing?
When they stopped teaching it in school, I think that was one of the dumbest things they did.
I've heard most of the arguments justifying that decision but I can come up with as many to have kept it.
A few years ago my mother made the most insightful comment about it, she said...
"I just hope we don't end up where people will have to use X as their signature."
Being 98, she was old enough to remember when that was not all that uncommon.
Thanksgiving dinner - Golda Sander in back

Left side back to front: Faith Sander, Laurel Singsank, Cleo Singsank, Darlene Genzen, Tom Grau, Stan Spies, Emil Grau, Jay Musfeldt
Right side back to front: Betsy Musfeldt, Betty Lengemann, Linda Handlos, Larry Genzen, Ron Mohr, Nancy Mohr, Mary Alice Mohr
Verna Singsank in front

I just noticed how much Mabel Langel looks like her grandmother Betty (Lengemann) Andresen.
Mabel is the daughter of Luann & Craig Langel.

Ewoldt No. 2
Built on a lot purchased from the Henry Mueller family farm northeast of Manning along the OCO.
When the country schools closed Henry Mueller moved the school building to the Mueller property at 104 Ann Street in town (current location shown just above) where he converted it into a garage for the Mueller Furniture Truck.
Every time that property sells I tell the new owners (Chris Behrens now) that if they are going to tear it down or no longer want it that I will find a way to get it moved out to the Heritage Park.
I have a special interest in it since my dad, his siblings, and other relatives on the Grau & Popp sides of my family attended this school.

School articles

1957 MHS graduates: Elke Bunz (valedictorian), Diane Dalgety, Richard Dammann, Raymond Fink, Darlene Genzen, Royce Genzen, Jon Groteluschen, Eugene Haberl (salutatorian), Janell Hansen, Ronald Hansen, Jeanette Henriksen, Ronald Hodne, Robert Horbach, Patricia Irlbeck, Dale Jansen, Larry Klocke, Kay Knobbe, Thomas Koon, Darlene Kruse, Robert Laverty, Alan Leinen, Betty Lengemann, Beverly Lerssen, Larry Lohrmann, Myra Meeves, Lenus Mundt, Dianne Nelson, Larry Nielsen, Catherine Nulle, Merlin Otto, Betty Peters, Larry Popp, Richard Popp, Shirley Puck, Warren Puck, Karen Rix, Karen Rowedder, Dennis Saunders, Gary Schroeder, Victor Schwiesow, Laurel Singsank, Marilyn Spieker, Richard Vehrs, AnnaBelle Vennink, Darlys Vollstedt, Vernon Wagner, Errol Wegner, Cleo Weller, Anna Zerwas, Larry Zerwas

1957 former students: Donald Abel, Elaine Ahrenholtz, Virginia Backhaus, Derald Barkalow, Dick Behrens, Fred Branning, Leon Brockelsby, Robert Doerning, Lyle Drees, Loy Fitz II, Kenneth Frahm, Leland Friedrichsen, James Fritz, Janice Hagedorn, Ronnie Hagedorn, Marilyn Hansen, Martha Hansen, Philip Hansen, Mary Himes, Jane Hinners, Jeanette Hugg, Roger Justice, Richard Kellogg, Phyllis Kienast, Harold Kinney, Sue Knisley, Neva Martens, Lance Masters, Glenn McLaughlin, Marsha Lou Ochsner, Joseph Peter, Roger Petersen, Craig Platter, Marilyn Richardson, Marlys Sander, Ronnie Schiltz, Linda Schumann, Katharine Shields, Cicily Ann Spicer, Terry Travis, Ruel Whitcher, Jr., Ronnie Wyatt

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