Betty Jane Wagner, 85
Betty Jane Wagner (nee Glembin) passed away peacefully on March 28,
2011, at the age of 85, surrounded by her loving caregivers at Lasata
Care Center in Cedarburg.
She is survived by her children, Jay (Judy) Wagner of Oconomowoc,
Michael (Ginny) Wagner of Waukesha, Laura (Mark) Bruederle of
Cedarburg and Paul (Heather) Wagner of New York. Betty was the
beloved grandmother of Danny, Hannah, Kiersten, Jacob, David and
Linnea Wagner, and Katie, Abbie and Allie Bruederle. "Jazmine" Wagner
was an adored granddog. Also surviving Betty is her sister, Elaine
(Jerry "Punch") Boyle; brother-in-law, Clem (Nancy) Wagner; sisters-
in-law, Doris (Bill) Baab and Virginia Glembin; numerous nieces and
nephews; other relatives and lifelong friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her soulmate, her devoted husband,
Jerome "Jerry" Wagner; brothers, Jerome "Jerry" Glembin and Robert
Glembin; and her sister, Laverne Glembin.
Born in Milwaukee on March 25, 1926, to Jerome and Lorraine (nee
Burzynski) Wagner, Betty knew hard work meant rewards. She graduated
from Bay View High School. Betty worked at Wisconsin Electric Co.
Lakeside Power Plant until she met her soldier, Air Force Master Sgt.
Jerry Wagner. They were married in 1955. Their life together was
always an adventure. When they finally settled down in Waukesha,
Betty belonged to a group of Homemakers. This group of women became
her lifelong friends. While in Waukesha, Betty and her family
belonged to St. Joseph’s Catholic church in Waukesha. She was also a
member of the Christian Women’s Society.
Betty and Jerry were always travelling, visiting friends and
relatives near and far. They visited almost all the contiguous 48
states in their lifetime. Photos always captured the memories they
shared. Betty and Jerry then made their final move to the Grafton
area. They were involved with the surrounding community projects and
groups, including becoming members of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
With health failing, Betty moved into Lasata Care Center with Jerry
living nearby in Lasata Heights. Betty was always well cared for and
enjoyed her friends that she had made while living there for the past
five years. Betty considered the nurses and aides as "her girls."
Always reading, she would have two or three books she was reading at
the same time, depending on her mood that day. Betty enjoyed playing
bingo and working in the greenhouse and tending the outside gardens.
The smell of the flowers and taste of the first fruits of the season
were always a joy to Betty.
Visitation will be held at in the chapel of St. Joseph Cemetery &
Mausoleum, S22 W22890 Broadway Ave., Waukesha, on Saturday, April 2,
2011, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There will be a funeral service
at 11:30 a.m. Betty’s entombment will be private. A separate
memorial gathering will be held at a later date at Lasata Care Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be generously accepted for the
Lasata Care Center Activity Department.
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Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory in Cedarburg is serving the family.