Evangeline Vange Hogue

Evangeline Vange Hogue, 88, a longtime resident of Gloversville, New York, and for over 20 years a beloved teacher of English at Johnstown High School, died peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital on July 25, 2013, surrounded by her family.

The second daughter of Dr. Knut and Lael Erickson, Vange grew up in Rock Island, Ill., where her father served as vice president of Augustana College. Vange attended Augustana, where she studied science, history and English, finishing her BA in English in 1947. After World War II, Vange met her husband, Earl Hogue, a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. She taught kindergarten until the couple married in 1949, and the first of three daughters, Cynthia, was born.

The couple moved in 1954 to Gloversville, N.Y., where their two younger daughters, Christine and Elaine, were born. In 1959, Vange began graduate studies in English and education at the State University of New York at Albany. After finishing an MA in education, Vange began teaching at Johnstown High School, because, she said, she enjoyed seeing the light of understanding literature light up her students’ faces, and she could also be home for her daughters after school. Respected by colleagues for her fairness as well as her gift for teaching, Vange served as a two-term chairperson of her department during the 1960s, when she established influential new programs in Black and Native American studies, reflective of a time of profound social change in the U.S. These programs were still being taught two decades after Vange retired in 1986.

Outside of her teaching, Vange was very active in her community, working on the League of Women Voters, volunteering for the Democratic Party, and for a time, the NAACP at the height of the Civil Rights era. In 1968, she was a Eugene McCarthy Delegate at the New York State Democratic Convention. After retiring, Vange served as president of Literacy Volunteers, devoted time to the Salvation Army meals program, and was increasingly active in her church.

Vange had an excitement and curiosity about the world that she conveyed to her daughters and grandchildren as well as to her students. She enjoyed traveling, going to concerts and the opera, reading (especially in her last years, the poetry of Walt Whitman), and being out in nature’s beauty, a love of which she gave to her family. And in the home on Peck’s Lake that Vange and Earl built when they retired, she reveled in the gatherings of family and friends, everyone warmly welcomed to Aunt Vange’s many memorable and joyous Swedish smorgasbords.

She is survived by her three daughters, Cynthia Hogue-Gallais of Phoenix, Ariz., Christine Stegel of Amsterdam, N.Y., and Elaine Hogue of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and their families. A celebration of Vange’s life will be held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Gloversville, 31 E. Fulton St., on Saturday, August 3, 2013, from 11 a.m. to noon, with a reception following the service. Arrangements are made by the Ehle Funeral Home, 15 N. William St., Johnstown, NY. Cremation took place at Vale Crematory, Schenectady, N.Y. A donation in her honor may be given to the First Congregational Church (attn. Pastor Ralph English); The Community Hospice of Amsterdam (c/o 246 Mannys Corners Road, Amsterdam, NY 12010, in memory of Evangeline Hogue); or the Knut E. Erickson Memorial Scholarship (c/o Development Office, Augustana College, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201, in memory of Evangeline Erickson Hogue).