Betty Jean Wagner, 88

Published 7:58 am Thursday, August 24, 2017

Betty Jean Wagner, 88, of Austin, Minnesota, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at Sacred Heart Care Center.

Betty Jean Wagner, 88

Betty was born April 19, 1929, in Rochester, Minnesota, to Olaf and Dorothy Christopherson. The family moved to Austin where she grew up and attended Columbus Grade School and St. Augustine High School. She graduated from high school in 1947 and worked as a legal secretary in the law office of Plunkett and Plunkett.

Betty married Thomas Wagner on Sept. 30, 1950, at St. Augustine Catholic Church. They made their home in Austin where they raised their family of seven children. She enjoyed playing cards with friends, volunteering, refinishing furniture, and going to the casinos.

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Survivors include two daughters, Ann (Orin) Hanson, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, and Sara (Joe) Eastman, Grand Rapids, Minnesota; daughter-in-law, Shari Wagner, Champlin, Minnesota; four sons, Daniel (Sue) Wagner, Longmont, Colorado, Greg (Wendy) Wagner, Longmont, Chris (Anne) Wagner, Bloomington, Minnesota, and Patrick Wagner, Chandler, Arizona; 18 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Tom; her son, Steve; her parents; three brothers; a sister-in-law; and a niece.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Raul Silva officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Private interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Mayer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart Care Center and Queen of Angels Catholic Church.

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