Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — GRAWN — Marguerite ”Marge” C. Wagner, age 82, of Grawn, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer Jan. 10, 2014, at Grand Traverse Pavilions. She was born Sept. 22, 1931, to Jacob and Anna (Zenner) Weber on the family farm in Mayfield Township, Hannah/Kingsley.
She attended St. Mary’s Hannah School for 12 years, graduating in 1949. Marge attended N.W. Michigan Practical Nursing School from September of 1949 to 1951. Once she graduated she worked as an LPN for eight years. She then attended classes to become a registered x-ray technologist. She would go on to oversee the Cobalt Therapy Department at Munson Medical Center, later transferring to the Biederman Cancer Center as a nurse technician until her retirement in 1992 with 42 years at Munson.
On April 19, 1952, she married her best friend, Richard “Dick” F. Wagner, of Grawn, while he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. They enjoyed 55 years together until his death in March of 2007.
Marge was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Hannah Parish and an avid supporter of the Catholic school, both financially and in works. She was a Eucharistic Minister and took communion to private homes and nursing facilities. Marge was a member of St. Mary’s Men’s and Women’s Club, the choir, parish representative for the D.C.C.W., and a member of Right to Life. She volunteered with the Community Holiday Meals and the N.W. Michigan Blood programs. She was a member of Kingsley Retirees and the Buckley Old Engine Club. She and her husband raced trotters over the years on the county fair circuit and later cared for their Belgian horses.
Marge is survived by one sister, Sister Aquinas Weber, of Grand Rapids; brothers, Vincent Weber, of Manistique, Ambrose Weber, of Florida, Daniel Weber, of Traverse City, Ray Weber, of Kingsley, Jay (Donna) Weber, of Buckley, and Joseph “Jack” (Mary Ellen) Weber, of Grand Rapids; sisters-in-law, Barbara Weber, of Kingsley, and Patricia Weber, of Stockton, Calif., and Thelma (Sam) Weber, of Traverse City; brother-in-law, William “Larry” (Kay) Wagner, of Kingsley; and many very special nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Besides her parents, Marge was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Frank and Nora (Nickerson) Wagner; sisters-in-law, Bernadine Weber, Dorothy Weber, Ruth Weber, Lucille Weber and Jeanette (Wagner) Amidon; and brothers, Carl, Paul and Clarence Weber.
A visitation will be held Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley, with a rosary recitation at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Hannah Catholic Church, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Hannah Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Marge’s name may be directed to St. Mary’s of Hannah School – tuition program.
Please share a memory of Marge at www.covellkingsley.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Kingsley.