John Paul Wagner


Wagner, John Paul Died of natural causes on July 4, 2012 at his home in Minneapolis. He was born December 12, 1961. John is survived by his loving family, including parents, Herbert and Dolores Wagner, Jordan; and sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews: Mary W. Zbaracki, Duluth, and sons David (Anne) and their daughter, Catherine, Chicago, and Joseph, Duluth; Anne (Richard) Sanquini, Saratoga, California; Joseph (Lucy) and children Sophia and Theodore, Jordan; James (Essie), Edina; Robert (Renee) and children Clayton and Christine, Belle Plaine; Anthony (Jackie), Little Canada; William (Karen) and daughter Elizabeth, Chaska; and Gerald, Belle Plaine. John received undergraduate and graduate degrees in the areas of English and Education from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul. He was self-employed (Wagner Tutoring) as an English teacher and second language tutor. He was a member of St. Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis, and greatly enjoyed participating in liturgies, and numerous parish activities. John traveled the world, from Scotland, to Thailand, to Italy, and more. He was part of a special Papal audience, and met with Mother Teresa of Calcutta on two occasions. He loved theater, and read thousands of books through tapes and CDs. He had an extraordinary memory and penchant for detail, making it hard to believe that he was blind for most of his life. He did not complain, but rather devoted his fierce independence and energy to leading the best life possible. He was not afraid: of living on his own, starting a business, honoring countless speaking engagements, meeting new people, and making a difference in many lives. While never intending to, he was an example of inspiration and hope to family, friends, and strangers alike. John was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Robert (d. 12-13-10); nephew, Edward James Zbaracki (d. 4-30-81), and his grandparents. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, July 10th, at 11:00 am, St. John the Baptist Church, Jordan, with visitation 1 hour before the service, at 10 am. A reception at the church will follow. Burial is at Calvary Cemetery, Jordan.
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.

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I'm still picking up the phone to call you Brother John, even though it's been 3 years. You would have been tickled to learn you've become an 'uncle' again as our oldest son has acquired a daughter along with a girlfriend/fiance. still miss you

I think of you everyday, and miss you all the time. Rest well

Still missing you. Fired up the 'Muppet Christmas Carol' as I do every year, but couldn't help crying, because you weren't there to share it with me, as you did so often. I remember how pleased you were when Cameron and I 'kidnapped' Edward Bear, and then returned him completely outfitted as 'Father Christmas'.

hope you're smiling right now, as I am

Happy 52nd birthday John

Happy 52nd birthday John

Ivan, that's lovely. "Coming through, blind man with fire...." would indeed be the perfect subtitle.

Missing you today--as most every day.

John and I with Goofy at Disneyland

Coming through, blind man with fire

John was born Dec 12th 1961, he died July 4th 2012. Today marks the last time I talked with my love John. He told me he wasn't feeling well and wasn't interested in doing anything for the 4th of July. His voice sounded weak and awful, but that wasn't unusual, so I respected his wish and didn't call him on the 4th or the 5th. After that I was out of town for a few days. I called again on the 10th and on the 11th I finally called his apartment...

John and I with Goofy