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This Saturday when Grandma and Grandpa Fogt were visiting it seemed to be a perfect time to assemble Kivrin’s RadioFlyer wagon. (It was a baby shower gift from Mommy’s book group!) A few short minutes of malleting and hammering by Grandpa and daddy and it was time for a test-walk!

Wagon trip

You're going to drop that

“Kivrin, are you about to drop that? Are you about to learn about cause and effect?”

Why is my cup way back there?

Kivrin wonders why her blue cup seems to be getting farther away…

Grandma and Grandpa Fogt came to visit on Saturday and a fun day was had by all, especially Kivrin! As she gets older she likes perfecting her many new “skills” (although I’m not sure they can all be called that).


Kivrin practices walking, looking cute with Grandma.



Kivrin practices laughing at funny faces. And flying.



Kivrin practices training Grandpa to “fetch” while on a walk.

When Kivrin was about 2 weeks old, she was introduced to many of her mommy’s relatives at her Great-Grandma Staley’s funeral and when she was about 6 months old on this trip to Ohio for Great-Grandpa Fogt’s funeral, Kivrin got to meet many of her daddy’s relatives.


While we wish that Kivrin could have met Lucille and Norman, we will tell her stories about them to help us all remember and celebrate their lives.

In no particular order, Kivrin got to meet Uncle Denny, Uncle Ron and Aunt Carol, Cousin Greg, Cousins Jeff and Kearsten (Skylar), Cousins Matt and Julie (Adam, Elijah, and Jeremiah), Cousins Mindy and Kevin (Becka), Aunt Vicky Sue and Uncle Bob
Great-grandma Donna Ruth, and all manner of great-aunts, great-uncles, and distant cousins.


Kivrin didn’t share her pretty smile for this four generations photo, but it is still neat that everyone was together (and the other three generations all have pretty smiles on their faces at least.)

We miss you, Grandpa!

MARION – Norman W. Fogt, age 92, of Marion, went to be with the Lord on Friday afternoon, February 26, 2009, at the Ohio State University Medical Center following an illness he had fought over the last year.

Norman was born October 11, 1916 on the family farm in Shelby County, Ohio, the son of the late Herbert O. and Mary (Zorn) Fogt. He graduated from Blume High School and went to Capital University where in 1939 he received his BA in education. In 1946 Norman earned an MA in school administration from the Ohio State University.

Norman enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October of 1942 and served on active duty until 1946. He remained in the Navy Reserve for thirty more years until 1976 and achieved the rank of Captain.

On June 24, 1944, while he was on leave from the U.S. Navy, Norman married Donna Ruth Sinning of Marion, Ohio. They shared over sixty four wonderful years of marriage together.

In 1946 Norman and Donna Ruth moved to Marion where he became the principal of Kirkpatrick School, then principal of Taft Junior High School in the Marion City Schools. He was promoted to Director of Public Relations and Research and served more than thirty years until his retirement in 1977. He was a member of the Marion County, the Ohio, and the National Education Associations.

Norman was a faithful and active member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church. He served in numerous capacities in the congregation, including president, Sunday School superintendent, elder, deacon, and Sunday School teacher.

Norman was a life member, an honorary life member, and board member of the Marion County Historical Society. He served the organization as president, treasurer, and docent. He was involved with the Marion Lions Club for over fifty years and was a past president. Norman also worked in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for twenty-seven years. Norman was also an active member of the Boy Scouts of America as a scoutmaster, district officer, and board member. He received the Silver Beaver Award and the national Lutheran Lamb Award.

Norman enjoyed spending time with his family, especially recent trips to the Smoky Mountains with his entire family to celebrate his 60th wedding anniversary and his 90th birthday.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Donna Ruth Fogt of Marion, daughter and son-in-law, Vickie Sue and Rev. Robert Groenke Jr. of Millersburg; and son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Sandra Fogt of Kansas City, MO.; Grandchildren include, Rev. Matthew (Julie) Groenke of Gothenburg, NE, Dr. Melinda (Kevin) Wonsick of West Jefferson, NC, Daniel (Lissa Staley) Fogt of Topeka, KS, and Jonathan (Sara) Fogt of Kansas City, MO; There are seven great-grandchildren, Adam, Elijah, Rebecka, Jeremiah, Thomas, and Kivrin; He also will be missed by three brothers, Carl (Fae) Fogt of Van Wert, OH, Herbert Jr. (Ada) of Troy, OH, and Rev. Eugene (Mona) Fogt of Houston, TX; three sisters, Miriam Holtkamp of New Bremen, OH, Ruby (Richard) Cecil of Brownsburg, IN, and Doris (Robert) Mays of Centerville, OH; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Including his parents, Norman was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Virgil and Carolyn Fogt; a sister, Wilda Fogt; a brother-in-law, Charlie Holtkamp; and a great-granddaughter, Madison.

The Fogt family will greet friends from 3 – 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services celebrating his life will be held on Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 241 S. Prospect St., Marion, with Rev. J. Weston Jones and Rev. Mark Schuring officiating. His family will greet friends for an hour prior to the services. Burial will follow with military honors provided by the Marion County United Veterans Council in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church, in care of the Stain Glass Window Renovation Project or the Radio Fund, 241 S. Prospect St., Marion, 43302, or to the Marion County Historical Society, 169 E. Church St., Marion, Ohio 43302.

Online condolences are encouraged and may be expressed to the family at

Bedtime is always exciting, in a very sleepy way!


First Kivrin listens to one of mommy’s favorite books.


Kivrin loves “helping” with board books!


One last snack before bedtime.


The bedroom isn’t filling with smoke and daddy didn’t rent a fog machine. That’s just the ultrasonic humidifier keeping things comfortable at night!


Success! Kivrin is sleeping soundly and it looks like mommy might be too.



Look at this new skill! It doesn’t take much support to keep her upright now, if she is interested in sitting up anyway….





1. Pet the kitty fur.

2. Grab the kitty fur.

3. Watch the kitty leave.

4. Play with sock instead.


Is Leigh Anne really that funny? Yup, Kivrin thinks so!!

What more is there to say?




A few tricks for making cookies with a baby in the house:
1. Let her watch the mixer and the measuring


2. Let her “help” by playing with her own measuring cup.


3. Talk to her as much as possible, teaching her about fractions (measuring) and chemical change (baking) and traditions (grandma’s recipes).

4. When the time comes to preheat the oven, make sure there are 2-3 extra adults around to help juggle baby and oven timer and dirty dishes!


Trying to get a good picture to use for Christmas cards can be a challenge — especially trying to get a baby (and the parents) to all smile and look at the camera at the same time. Here are some of the best pictures from our photo shoot/



What a word–exersaucer–for such a fun toy! Kivrin loves to be upright now, and the exersaucer helps her bounce around and reach and play. I loved her face in these pictures – perpetually surprised by the toys around her.

Our friend Carrie just got a kiln and she came over to show Kivrin (and us) the beautiful glass she made.


Kivrin enjoys her class at schoo – there are bouncers, and play mats, and activities, and swings, and sometimes daddy and mommy visit during the day! (Actually, Mommy visits every day for lunchtime.)



A verbal snapshot of Kivrin’s life

  • Kivrin can count to ten! And she does. Frequently! 12 years ago
  • Later, no thank you, now, one more time, almost done, excuse me, please. All powerful words from the mouth of a toddler... 12 years ago
  • Kivrin is two years old today! Happy Birthday baby girl, we are so impressed and amazed by the person you are growing up to be! 12 years ago
  • Toddler logic: Blowing on the outside air on a sweltering day will cool it off enough that mommy will agree it's not too hot for a walk. 12 years ago
  • Toddler logic: Kivrin skinned her knee, therefore her baby doll needs a bandaid. 12 years ago
  • Kivrin switched from the terse "hi" on her play phone to a more elaborate "ay-yo" hello style greeting. Verbal skills increasing daily!!! 12 years ago
  • This morning Kivrin choked on a cracker and made a mess of her shirt/carseat on the way to school. She named the incident her "big cough." 12 years ago

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