Betty Jean (Jeanie) Wagner, 72, a resident of Highland Oaks at Water Run and formerly of Venus, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at the Clarion Hospital ICU following a short illness.
Born on March 8, 1946, in Sligo, Pa., she was the daughter of John A. Wagner and Betty J. Deitz Wagner.
Jeanie lived most of her life with her parents who owned and operated Wagner Grocery and J. A. Wagner Income Tax Service.
She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, of Venus.
Jeanie enjoyed reading, finding recipes to share, doing math problems, visiting her sister Mary, going to the Dollar Store, and - especially telling jokes. She always had a silly joke for everyone she encountered.
Here are a few of her favorites:
- How do you make a milk-shake? ~You tell a scary story.
-Why did the doctor go to the doctor? ~He lost his patients (patience).
- A guy goes into the doctor’s office and says, “Doctor, Doctor, I feel like a deck of cards. ~The doctor says, “Sit down, and I’ll DEAL with you later!”
Jeanie had an extraordinary relationship with the Cancer Center of Clarion Hospital. Whenever she visited the center, all of the employees gave her a hug. No matter what they were doing, they were always supportive and caring, especially her friend Josh. She always had a joke ready for him, and he always had a joke for her in return. The employees at the center made her visits there something that she anticipated.
Her greatest joy throughout her life was being with her family. Jeanie was always filled with hope and encouragement. It didn’t take much to make Jeanie happy - just a warm “hello” would make her day. The slightest thing brought her joy. She had an extraordinary way of making everyone feel special. To be able to say that you knew Jeanie was a blessing in itself. She was truly an angel who was put on this Earth to show everyone the true meaning of goodness.
She will be missed dearly by her family.
She is survived by her sister Mary Anna Wagner, of Brookville; nephew Michael (Mike) Beers, great-niece Jessica (husband Chris) and great-great niece Tara, great-nephew Michael Jr. (wife Suzanne) and great-great-nephew Zane, and great-nephew Joshua Beers (fiancé Nikki) and great-nephew Cody Beers; niece Lisa Smith; niece Lori Goralczyk (husband Russ) and great- nieces Krista and Margot; nephew Edward Smith (wife Jill) and great-niece Maria and great- nephew Gregory.
Her brother John Wagner of Kingwood, Texas; niece Jodi Zajac (husband Matt); niece Heidi Riggs (husband Chris) and great-nephews Alex, Zach, and Mikey; and nephew Jeffrey Wagner (wife Amber).
Her brother Larry “Slugger” Wagner (wife Sara), of Venus; niece Tammy Cayir (husband Yavuz), great-niece Deniz, and great-nephew Emre; niece Tina Herrmann (husband Mark), great-niece Sarah, great-nephew Clemens, and great-niece Josie; nephew Larry “Slugger” Wagner Jr. (wife Tina) and great-nephews Tyler and Brandon, and great-nieces Hannah and Katie.
Her sister Ruthie (husband Don) Niederriter, of Shippenville; niece Julie Best (husband Brad), great-nephew John, great-niece Ruthie, and great-nephew Ben; niece Jackie Bauer (husband Scott) and great-nieces Haley and Katie.
Her brother Bruce Wagner, of Franklin; nephew Eric; niece Alessa (husband Art), great-nephew Seth and great-niece Gracey; and nephew Jesse (wife Melissa), great-nephews Devin, Owen, Kasen, and great-niece Kelsey.
Her sister Joanne Bauer (companion Larry Young); nephew John Henry Bauer (wife Stephanie), great-niece Payton, and great-nephew Gage; nephew Matthew Bauer (wife Mary), great- nephews Zachary and Myron, and great-niece Isadora; and nephew Jason “Jake” Bauer (companion Gina Mazzocchi).
Her foster sister Darlene Wagner Acklin, of Franklin, and nieces Leanne, Carrie, and Amy.
Jeanie is also survived by her Aunt Ruth Rex, of Polk; Aunt Eleanor Deitz Kurtzhals, of Shippenville; and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister-in-law Mary Kay Wagner, and her sister- in-law Marty Wagner.
Family and friends will be received from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, at the Faller Funeral Home Inc. in Fryburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, at Faith Lutheran Church, Venus, with Reverend Rick Kightlinger officiating.
Burial will be in the Emmanuel Cemetery in Shippenville following the service.
Family and friends are invited to a luncheon at Faith Lutheran Church.
The family suggests memorials and donations be made to The Cancer Center of Clarion Hospital, One Hospital Drive, Clarion, Pa. 16214.
Please visit www.fallerfuneralhome.com to share your memories and offer your condolences.