Mary Wagner

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Mary J. Wagner, nee Rothgangel, 93, of Swansea, IL, born March 11, 1926, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at her residence.

Mrs. Wagner enjoyed her membership with the Silver Bells & Beau dance group.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Virgil E. Wagner, whom she married on July 13, 1946, and who died on August 22, 1997; her parents, Edwin and Bessie, nee Wilderman, Rothgangel; a daughter, Martha Jean Wagner; a daughter-in-law, Pamela Wagner; and a great-granddaughter, Alexus Paige Wagner.

Surviving are a son, Michael J. Wagner of Seattle, WA;
two daughters, Sara E. (Mark) Boyd of Freeburg, IL, and Rebecca L. Beatty of Swansea, IL;
eight grandchildren, Erica, Kyle, Gavin, Kristi, Jeffrey, Christopher, Erin (Reed) Fisher, and Hannah (fiancé, Quinn Bress);
10 great-grandchildren, Ethan, Seth, Corinne, Helena, Charlie, Katelin, Graham, Cammy, Quin, and Kaylee;
a sister, Martha (Pete) Blom of Michigan;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  A private family service will be held, with Mr. Mark Boyd officiating.

Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


7 Comments on Mary Wagner

Nikki Schaefer said : Guest Report Dec 24, 2019 at 3:08 PM

Miss Mary was a big part of my early childhood escapades and I hold so many memories from that time. May you all find peace in her passing and know that she is ever so near and will always be with you. Much love to everyone, but extra kisses for my friend Kristi XO Nikki

  • Holiday Island
  • AR
Rich Binder said : Guest Report Dec 23, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Wagner Family, My condolences to you in the loss of your mother. I have fond memories of Becky and Sara at Belle Valley.. Portia and I got one of your puppies back in the 70’s. Mike, I got to know you when we played on the Hilgards. Great times. Again, so sorry for your loss. Portia and Rich Binder

  • Smithton
  • IL
Brittney Lewis said : Guest Report Dec 22, 2019 at 10:34 PM

I’m so sorry for the loss of Mary. Such a wonderful woman with a beautiful spirit. Will always remember watching her light up to dress in her dance uniform and show Kristi and I her favorite tap dances. I will be praying for her family. RIP Mary

  • Springfield
  • Mo
Marion Griesedieck & Family said : Guest Report Dec 22, 2019 at 10:16 PM

Our whole family sends love and prayers to all of your family. We all loved Mary and we will remember her loving spirit. She was a dancing gem!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Melanie DeLancey said : Guest Report Dec 22, 2019 at 8:29 PM

I’d like to share my condolences to the entire family! God bless Mary’s soul while she rest in peace with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Amen ❤️???

  • Maryland Heights
  • Missouri
Delores said : Guest Report Dec 22, 2019 at 2:21 AM

Mike, I’m sorry about your mother. I was your 5th grade tea- cher at Jefferson. You were a little blonde 11 year old. I was 20 and it Was my first year teaching. You always remember your first class. I wish you and yours the best in the future. Delores Barton Revelle

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Kim Boyd said : Guest Report Dec 21, 2019 at 4:23 AM

Sara and Mark I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you during this difficult time

  • Schertz
  • Texas

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