Francis Jo Vogt was born as Sheena Kay Goodteacher on June 5, 1987, to Norma Goodteacher and Mike in Denver Colorado. She loved fireworks, and waited to depart until July 5, 2022, at the age of 35.
On December 6, 1991, she was adopted by Patricia and Duane Vogt. It was during this time that she became known as Frankie Jo Vogt. She remained Frankie too many until she changed her name to Francis Jo Vogt in 2011.
March 15, 2011, Francis made a move to her own apartment with support staff. She lived in her home for the remainder of her life and enjoyed the company of her neighbors and their pets, especially Mary and Genesse.
January 27, 2017, Francis survived a horrible car accident, though injured, she realized how lucky she was to walk away from this moment. She was frustrated that it kept her from being as involved in Special Olympics as she wished to be, but eventually was able to participate again with the Lincoln Shooting Stars.
Francis never met a garage sale she couldn’t conquer. She liked to laugh, overshare and go out with friends. She kept those that knew and loved her on their toes with her quick responses and thoughts she shared. Her favorite place to go out to eat was Olive Garden, and she especially loved it when her brothers Dusty and Dillon took her there and spoiled her. Francis liked to cook and enjoyed finding the perfect gifts for those she cared about or making and sharing Christmas goodies. She also loved receiving the great cooking of others, she especially enjoyed Barbs Tater Tot Casserole and deviled eggs.
Francis participated in the Miss Amazing pageant and enjoyed a photo shoot to provider her headshots. Francis could be found socializing with others at Friendship Club activities. She enjoyed getting manicures and her hair done in an every-changing style. Francis recently completed genetic testing and got to know some relatives that she was unfamiliar with, this was very special to her. She also learned that she is of Santee Sioux and Rosebud Sioux heritage.
Francis was reunited with several loved ones who proceeded her in death including dear friend Roxanne Albers, special friend Pam Adden, and Adopted Mom Patricia Vogt.
She is survived by her birth mother, Norma Goodteacher; birth father Mike; adoptive dad Duane Vogt; siblings Liz Ward, Mike Ward, Dillon Vogt, Dusty Vogt, Gina Holloway, Nicole Holloway, Nikki Vogt and Jasmine Hunt; Grandmother Elizabeth Milk; boyfriend Phil Harral, and many special friends and loved ones she met along the way.
Francis’ fight against cancer, her resilience in overcoming obstacles throughout her life, and gift of laughter will be remembered fondly by those who knew her. She taught us all a lot about love and life. While she often told stories of “back when I was naughty” she worked hard in her life to become a good friend and neighbor. No one who knew her could forget her, her imprint lasts with us all.
Francis’ loved ones would like to thank Brookside and Aseracare Hospice for their support during her final months. They would also like to acknowledge all her support staff that came and visited Francis from her years of support with DSN/CSN – you were more than staff, you were her family.
Memorials can be made to Francis' Special Olympic Team The Shooting Stars through Easter Day Rec Center 6130 Adams St Lincoln, NE 68507. Please join us for a light lunch after the service to share stories and catch up with people you haven’t seen in some time or never met.
Short burial service at Wyuka Cemetery on July 15th at 10:00am. Please enter cemetery off of Vine St and take your first right you will see three walls and a tent.