Rhonda Kay Wagner (nee Hase)
July 28, 1962 — Dec. 31, 2017
Rhonda Kay Wagner (nee Hase), 55, of Waukesha, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on December 31, 2017, after she fought the greatest battle of her life with stage 4 brain cancer.
She was born July 28, 1962, in Waukesha. She is the beloved daughter of Delores (the late Clayton) Traeger and Jack (Lynn) Hase Jr.
Rhonda graduated from Waukesha South High School in June 1980. On April 9, 1983, she was united in marriage to John F. Wagner in Waukesha. In June 1983, they moved to Clovis, New Mexico, where John was stationed in the Air Force at Cannon Air Force Base. In 1984 Rhonda started school at Eastern New Mexico University for nursing.
She graduated as an LPN working for a short time at a small hospital in Muleshoe, Texas. She then transferred to Clovis High Plains Hospital in 1985. Rhonda remained at Clovis High Plains until 1989 when her and John moved back home to Waukesha. She pursued and graduated with her RN degree from Waukesha County Technical College. She worked in clinical care, home health care, then at Waukesha Memorial Hospital on the heart care unit for over 17 years. She left the heart care floor in 2013 to set up Coumadin clinics in Oconomowoc and Hartland for ProHealth Care when she was diagnosed on April 10, 2014, with brain cancer.
Working on the heart care floor was the highlight of her career as an RN charge nurse. She loved her profession and anyone could see that by how she took great care of her patients and the staff that she worked with. During her time there she made many lifelong friendships.
She is survived by her husband, John F. Wagner of Waukesha; three children, Christian Wagner of Waukesha, Travis Wagner of Waukesha and Kaylyn Wagner, also of Waukesha; one granddaughter, Rosalie Silveira of Wauwatosa, who will miss her grandmother the most since they had a special bond between them; her mother, Delores (the late Clayton) Traeger nee Smith; her father, Jack (Lynn) Hase Jr. of Waukesha; two sisters, Sandra (Kirk) Childers (nee Hase) of Raleigh, N.C., and Tiffany (Sean) Leppert (nee Hase) of Waukesha; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday Jan. 6, at Fox River Christian Church, S46-W24130 Lawnsdale Road, Waukesha, starting with a visitation at 10 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 12 noon, with Pastor Rodney Buck officiating, followed by fellowship and food in the chapel after the service. Everyone is invited.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to everyone who has been praying for Rhonda and her family, the doctors and nurses, the staff at UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care in Pewaukee, the staff and Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Illinois, the staff at the Rehab Hospital of Wisconsin (RHOW), and the staff at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Rhonda Wagner’s name to AngelsGrace Hospice, W359-N7430 Brown St., Oconomowoc, WI 53066.