Olof Wilhelm Hogrelius Jr., was born Sept. 12, 1945, in Hackensack, N.J., to parents Olof and Elizabeth (Dayspring) Hogrelius. He grew up in Hillsdale and Woodcliff Lake, N.J., before moving to Princeton, N.J.
He died Sept. 28 in Durango. He is survived by sisters Judy Hardardt and Jennifer Dehlinger; sons Christopher and Jonathan Hogrelius; and grandchildren Zanden, Ajia, Addison, Neruda, Oswaldo and Juniper Hogrelius.
An accomplished builder, glass artist and consummate philosopher, he left a wealth of loving memories for all who befriended him.
After graduating from St. Peter’s Prep in Peekskill, N.Y., and serving his country in the U.S. Navy, Olof attended Michigan State University and Parsons College in Iowa. There he met his wife and mother of his children, Francoise Morel. They lived in France, Pennsylvania and Tucson, Ariz. In 2007, he found paradise in Pagosa Springs.
Olof was a beloved friend to many. Pagosa friends can join the family in a memorial celebration of his life at his home on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m.