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George Wagner Obituary

George J. Wagner
George J. Wagner

February 22, 1934 - April 19, 2018
Born in Wausau, WI
Resided in Wausau, WI


George J. Wagner, 84, Ringle, died Thursday April 19, 2018 at Mount View Care Center, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

He was born February 22, 1934, in Wausau, son of the late Andrew and Mary (Schotz) Wagner. On June 17, 1961, he married Betty Page at St. Florian Catholic Church, Hatley. She survives.

George served his country proudly with the National Guard from 1950 until 1952, then served in the US Army from 1952 until 1957 in Japan, Korea, Hawaii and last at Fort Bliss Texas. He remained active in the Army Reserves from 1957 until 1965. In 2013, George enjoyed participating in the Honor Flight and spoke of his experience with great enthusiasm.

George began his employment with US Post Office with the Railroad, was one of the original employees of Wausau Tile, worked at Drott and retired from the US Post Office.

Among his many involvements, George served the town of Ringle as treasurer, served as a deputy under Sheriff Louis Gianoli, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Council, Schofield and volunteered for 10 years at St. Clare’s Hospital, Weston. Woodworking and crafts were special talents for George. He attended many craft shows where he displayed and sold his creations “Toys by George”.

An active member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Weston, George served as Chairman of the Building Committee which oversaw the construction of the new church and hall, served as Chairman of the summer picnics, and was involved for many years in the missions in Appalachia.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, his children and grandchildren, John (Cheri) Wagner, Rineyville, Kentucky and their daughters, Brittany & Megan; Mary (Jim) Jansen, Wausau and their children, Ashley and Kyle (Shelby) Jansen; Julie (Mark) Thompson, Ringle and their sons, Christopher and Michael; sisters, Dolores Storm, So. Bend, Indiana, Patricia (Buff) Kuehlman, Wausau; sisters-in-law, Carol, Alice and Irene Wagner; many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Wally, Donald (Helen), Clarence and Melvin Wagner and a brother-in-law, Donald Storm, In-laws, John and Katherine Page, sister and brother-in-law, Claire & Edward Rusinek and nephew, Tim Rusinek.

Special thank you to nephew, Rod Rusinek for all his help and to special friends, Richard & Mary Lemmer, Lou & Lou Przesmicki and neighbors, Bob & Beth Doucette and Pat & Darlene Hollander. Thanks also, to Mount View, Northern Reflections and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for all their care and support.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Monday April 23, 2018 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Weston. Rev. Greg Bohren will preside. Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery, where full military honors will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Burns Post No. 388. Vitiation will be on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at




St. Agnes Catholic Church
6101 Zinser Street
Schofield, WI US 54476
Monday, April 23, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Agnes Catholic Church
6101 Zinser Street
Schofield, WI US 54476
Monday, April 23, 2018
11:00 AM
St. Agnes Cemetery
6101 Zinser St.
Schofield, WI US 54476
Monday, April 23, 2018
11:45 AM