Fernand J. and Suzzane (Chagniot) Wagner
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Fernand J. and Suzanne (Chagniot) Wagner Violently taken from us June 14, 2006. Fernand was born Sept. 29, 1927 in Alsace, France. Fernand received numerous degrees from the school of life. Conscripted into the German army during WWII, he was sent to the Russian Front. He deserted and walked from Russia back to France dodging bullets, bombs and German patrols all the way. Once he returned to France, Fernand joined the Free French Forces to liberate France. From France he emigrated to Montreal, Canada, and became an excellent chef and restaurateur. He spent some time in Miami as a skipper on a yacht, then moved to San Francisco and resumed his work in various top restaurants, befriending people from all walks of life including close friend Rocky Marciano. In the late '60s he was able to open his own restaurant, La Cigogne, in San Mateo, in partnership with his brother and brother-in-law. Fernand was the chef and proud of the fine dining experiences he was able to provide. Fernand was a jack of all trades, especially a fine carpenter and it was through this work he met his loving and devoted wife, Suzanne Chagniot, from Belfort, France. Together they created a beautiful life, entertaining family and friends in their home with epic, six-hour dinner parties. The finest French champagne and wine flowed all evening. Fernand and Suzanne's work ethic and wise investments allowed them to build a comfortable life together which they fully took advantage of traveling to all parts of the world and returning annually to France to visit family. Raconteurs and men of the world like Fernand will sorely be missed and not easily forgotten by many dear friends and family in the U.S., France and Canada. Survivors include his loving brother, Norbert Wagner; brothers-in-law, Rene Chagniot and Bernard Chagniot; sisters-in-law, Genevieve Combel (Henri), Therese Equez and Michelle Chagniot; nephews, Marc Wagner (Jennifer), Richard Chagniot (Jean), Philippe Chagniot (Barbara), Henri Combel (Michelle), Emmanuel Equez (Carla); nieces, Hannah Wagner, Jacqueline Chagniot, Catherine Bendayan (Albert), Nicole Chagniot McDevitt (Kyle); and too many great nephews, nieces and cousins to list. Suzanne was born on June 13, 1938 in Belfort, France. Loving and loyal wife of Fernand who protected her until the end and ascended into Heaven with her. Suzanne is survived by her loving family here and in France: brothers, Rene Chagniot and Bernard Chagniot; sisters, Genevieve Combel (Henri), Therese Equez and Michelle Chagniot; brother-in-law, Norbert Wagner; nephews, Henri Combel (Michelle), Marc Wagner (Jennifer), Emmanuel Equez (Carla), Richard Chagniot (Jean) and Philippe Chagniot (Barbara); nieces, Jacqueline Chagniot, Nicole Chagnoit McDevitt (Kyle), Catherine Bendayan (Albert) and Hannah Wagner and many loving great nephews and nieces. Suzanne knew from a young age that she was destined for more than her small French town had to offer. She emigrated to the U.S. in the early '60s. She became a hairdresser, never missing a day of work in 40 years and remaining very loyal to all her clients. Most importantly, her existence was so completely intertwined and complimented by her husband Fernand. Together they were an unforgettable couple, showing elegance and class In every situation. Their loyalty and concern for family and friends were unsurpassed. Suzanne worked very hard but also enjoyed life, traveling the world and entertaining in small gatherings or big parties. She was always concerned that everyone ate well, drank well and enjoyed themselves. Those who knew her well know that she was one of a kind and although we would sometimes roll our eyes, we all loved her deeply. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass for Fernand and Suzanne at 11:00 A.M., Friday, June 23, 2006 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 17th Ave. at Vincente St., SF, followed by Committal in Skylawn Memorial Park, Highway 92 at Skyline Blvd. in San Mateo. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials in their memories be directed to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, NY 10016, or to St. Cecilia's Activity Center Drive, 2555 17th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94116. Arrangements entrusted to SKYLAWN SAN BRUNO FUNERAL HOME, 200 West San Bruno Avenue, San Bruno, CA.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jun. 21 to Jun. 22, 2006.
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June 27, 2006
My father will toast their beloved souls with them. My thoughts and prayers are with their dear friends and family.
Anita Hill
June 26, 2006
May God Bless You and Your Family
June 23, 2006
Our prayers are send to fernand and Suzzane wagner.
I didn't know them well, but as a neighbor we would always see them outside and we would wave at them. I had a couple of times developed their pictures at my work, they were really nice people. this was really a shocking news and we are all very sad. We are sending our condolences to their family.
your Neighbor
June 22, 2006
Fernand and Suzanne will be remembered for their generosity of spirit ,their caring and devotion to their countless friends and family and their enthusiasm for life.
With deepest sympathy,
annie mocho nunan
annie mocho/nunan
June 22, 2006
Our Prayers and thought are sent to Fernand and Suzzane and their families left behind with such deep sorrow . They truly were a couple to admire. Fernand a very galant, kind person and Suzzane always such a classy "Lady" in every way. They were both good friends of our family. They will be missed by everyone that had the priviledge of knowing this unique loving couple. God give them PEACE.
Our deepest condolences to their families.
Lina Silvestri Fabbri
June 21, 2006
We will miss Fernand and Suzanne and are blessed to have been recipiants of their generosity over the years as their neighbors. The Barbeau Family
Michelle Barbeau-Norton
June 21, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with Fernand and Suzanne. I remember the wonderful times we had at the restaurant and at their home. This is truly a great loss.
Susie Smith
June 21, 2006
A terrible tragedy and loss to their family and friends.

Fernand and Suzzane were true and loyal friends to my Godmother, Juliette Dornlas. Their friendship gave me the opportunity to enjoy many delicious meals and their cheerful hospitality at their wonderful restaraunt, La Cigogne in San Mateo.

My prayers for them and those that have lost them so suddenly.
William Cameron
June 20, 2006
Sending our love and prayers to all the families and friends that are left behind. The earth is a sadder place when we lose the people that enjoyed life and family to the fullest extent. May you always remember the happy times you shared.
Robert & Liz Kemp
June 20, 2006
May God be with you!
A loving Heart
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