Irene Totton Wagner age 91, died peacefully at her home on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 after a long illness. Born on May 30, 1921 in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Totton and Jessie Brown Totton. She attended Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, New Jersey, then enrolled in Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois where she majored in Bible. She then earned a Master's degree in Christian Education, also at Wheaton College and then left Illinois to return to New Jersey where she became the Christian Education Director of a church. It was through that church that she met her husband, Robert P. Wagner who predeceased her by seven years. They married in 1948 and both turned to a career of teaching at Gateway Christian School. In the summers, they followed their passion of camping by working at a Christian camp, Deerfoot Lodge in the Adirondacks of New York. They started a family and eventually relocated to Pennsylvania where they lived in Germantown, Havertown, and up until the time of their deaths, in Wayne. Irene also held a Master's degree in Education which she earned at the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1960s. When her children were of school age she began a thirty year career as a Reading and Language Arts Coordinator at the Vanguard School in Paoli. In retirement she enjoyed traveling, gardening, cooking, reading, writing, walking, and church activities. She became proficient in using the computer, and after breaking her hip in January 2012, turned to an iPad which kept her occupied and connected with family and friends in her last months. Irene is survived by her three children, Lynn Wagner, Robin Wagner, and Laurence Wagner. She also leaves behind a cousin Chris Totton who resides in the United Kingdom, and a sister-in-law, Uta M. Totton of Morristown, New Jersey. Uta has three children, Lars, Stephanie, and Stacey. Irene's memorial service will be held at the Wayne Presbyterian Church, of which she was a longtime member, on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 11:00am. Friends and acquaintances are invited to join the family for a luncheon reception at the church immediately following the service. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Wayne Presbyterian Church, 125 E Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087.
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Published in Main Line Media News on Oct. 10, 2012