Don T. Wagner

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Don T. Wagner
“Donny D”
Don T. Wagner, age 60, passed away quietly September 8, 2012 at Norwalk Hospital. Don was born in Norwalk on November 10, 1951 to Frances Boisvert Wagner and the late Emery L. Wagner. Don is the brother of Debra Jane Kozar (Jacob) of Norwalk and Arleen Hegedus (Keith) of Pepperel, MA, and the uncle to Jake and Zack Kozar and Justin and Brandon Hegedus.
Don was a graduate of Witchita State University, Kansas. The perpetual student, Don also took many continuing education classes at Norwalk Community College. In his later years, he enjoyed his singing class at NCC. Many who heard him sing say he sounded just like Johnny Cash, and he was very proud of that accomplishment. He was an avid fan of 50's and 60's and country music and loved his satellite radio. Don surrounded himself with books and visited almost every library in Fairfield County and beyond.
For many summers, Don was a camp counselor for the Christian Appalachian Project in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. To his campers he was known as the ”Donster”. He would come home and tell amazingly wonderful stories about his “kids”. They were always sad to see him leave.
His friends at Paradigm Rehabilitation Center called him “Donny D”. We would like to thank all the staff and his friends at Paradigm for being there for him. The hospital staff and doctors on the 9th floor Telemetry made his death a dignified one…Thank you.
Friends are invited to attend a mass of Christian Burial on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 10:00am at St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk. There are no prior calling hours. Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery. Norwalk's Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 5 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT 06851 has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit to send a condolence to Don's family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to offset funeral expenses through the funeral home.
Published in The Hour from Sept. 25 to Sept. 29, 2012