Jody Lynn Wagner Stege (1952 - 2018)

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Jody Lynn Wagner Stege, from form to formlessness, resting peacefully in the vastness of nature, passed away and transformed at home in Reno, Nevada on Dec. 27, 2018.
Born in Bethesda, Md., on Oct. 16, 1952, Jody was the daughter of Carol Knesley Wagner and Bennie Lee Wagner of Lake Forest, Ill.
She is preceded in death by her sister, Jolene Wagner; her maternal grandparents, Mildred and Ferdinand Wiegold and her paternal grandparents, Sarah and Millard Wagner
Jody is survived by husband and golden friend, Peter, of Reno; son, Amos, and his wife, Daniela; granddaughters Zia, Iris, and June of Reno; son Micah and granddaughter Maiah of Reno; son Casey of Copperas Cove, Texas; brother Michael Wagner and wife Julie of Grayslake, Ill; sister-in-law Mary Sue Stege Wooten and husband Walter of Santa Fe, N.M.; brother-in-law J.B. Stege of Aspen, Colo. and special suegros Cipriano and Maria Chavez of Albuquerque, N.M.
She was an open-hearted daughter, mother, wife, and grandmother. She had a special closeness with her godmother and grandmother, Mildred Wiegold, who was the matriarch of a large family, and Jody was blessed with many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Grandma Wiegold taught that there was always room for one more in the house or at the table, a lesson Jody carried throughout her life.
Jody was blessed with many talented and special friends she appreciated every day, especially her close spiritual sisters and brothers of the Integral Way. She loved hosting Sunday meditation services at her house and people could always expect a good meal afterward.
She was a student of the Golden Light with the goal of spreading and sharing light to all.
Jody worked as a nurse beginning in 1983 and worked at various healthcare facilities throughout northern New Mexico; including Northeastern Regional Hospital, Health Centers of Northern New Mexico and N.M. Behavioral Health Institute, all in Las Vegas, as well as St. Vincent's Hospital in Santa Fe, N.M.
In 2003, she began studying acupuncture at Yo San University, and in 2006, she earned her Masters of Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College and became a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine in New Mexico, where she worked alongside her husband in the their clinic in Las Vegas through 2014.
During the late 1990s and early 2000s, Jody served as a board member of the Las Vegas City Schools for a total of eight years.
Jody loved the beach, Hawaii and trips with her husband to China (especially Wudang Mountain), Alaska, and Switzerland.
She was always thinking of others and was known for giving paperwhites to friends in the wintertime and cutting lilacs from the alleys of Las Vegas to make bouquets.
She was extroverted and her face would always light up with a smile when she met people. Her laughter was contagious and sometimes uncontrollable, bringing everyone in the room to tears of joy.
In 2016, she moved with her husband to Reno to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Jody loved to volunteer. Upon retirement she worked at a soup kitchen in Las Vegas, N.M., and at St. Joseph's Soup Kitchen in Reno.
The family wishes to thank the caregivers who made her transition easier: Dr. Reddy and staff of Reno Renown Hospice Care of Reno; Dr. Maureen Sheehan of Reno and the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD.
Services were held privately by the family.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in her name to the Samaritan House of Las Vegas, N.M.; or to the Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada.
Cremation will take place and the ashes will be spread in Nature by the family at a later date.

Published in Las Vegas Optic on Jan. 4, 2019