Ardell Asa Wagner, nee Anderson, 92, New Haven, departed this life Monday, June 2, 2014, in New Haven Care Center, surrounded by the love of her family. |
Ardell, daughter of the late Connie Comodore Anderson and wife Clara Adeline, nee Farrow, was born Nov. 7, 1921, in Sullivan. She was united in marriage to Charles Herman Wagner Feb. 18, 1939, and five children came to bless this union.
Ardell was a Christian, and member of Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Leslie, where she was active in Ladies Aide and Sunday school teaching. During her working career, she was employed by various shoe manufacturers in the area, most notably Brown Shoe Company, where she served as president of the Shoe Workers Union. She also served as president of the PTO at Liberty School, Leslie. For most of her life, she cared for her family on the farm. Ardell loved gardening, raising flowers and crafting. She also loved to make quilts, making a quilt for every child and grandchild. She also made baby quilts for every great-grandchild. Through her church, she helped make over 100 quilts for world relief, in addition to making quilts out of old blue jeans for the homeless in St. Louis. Ardell was known and loved by many as "Grandma," and she truly enjoyed the role. What meant most to her was time spent with her children and babysitting her grandchildren. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will forever live in their hearts.
Ardell is survived by five children, Allen R. Wagner and wife Joan, Union, Loyd J. Wagner and wife Glenda, Washington, Dannie J. Wagner and wife Sara, Potosi, Linda M. Siess, Aviston, Ill., and Eileen F. Lencz and husband Steven, Maplewood; two sisters, Alma G. Nappier, Pacific, and Altha F. Guenzler, Linn; 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
Ardell was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Wagner; parents, Connie and Clara Anderson; one brother, Harvey C. Anderson; two sisters, Inez C. Webster and Elsie M. Anderson; one brother-in-law, Ray Webster; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Wagner; two granddaughters, Natalie Wagner and Farrah Wagner; and one great-grandson, Randall Allan Haselhorst.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 6, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Rev. William Zastrow officiating.
Interment was in Anaconda Cemetery, St. Clair.
Memorials may be given to Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Leslie, or New Haven Care Center Activity Department.
The Wagner family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
Published in www.emissourian.com/ on June 7, 2014