Edna (Zeller) Wagner age 89 of Concord passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Life Care of Nashoba Valley in Littleton. She was the wife of the late Emil F. Wagner. Born in the Bronx, New York on May 26, 1924 she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Bertha (Ochs) Zeller. Mrs. Wagner attended New York City schools and graduated in 1943 from Merchants and Bankers Institute in New York City and then attended Mercy College. She retired in 1986 after 25 years of service in the Childrens Evaluation and Rehabilitation Clinic of the Rose F. Kennedy Center of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City. The last 10 years she worked as the Assistant Administrator of Finance. Although spending every summer of her life in Concord she moved permanently into her family home on Cottage Street in 1986. Mrs. Wagner was a faithful and devoted member of the West Concord Union Church serving on both the Visitation and Fellowship Committees for many years. She was also active in the West Concord Womans Club (now the United Womans Club) where she devoted many volunteer hours on various committees and was instrumental in helping to design and sell 1000 Concord afghans which enabled the club to give numerous scholarships. She served as Treasurer from 1987-2003, President from 2004-2006 and Asst. Treasurer since 2006. Mrs. Wagner volunteered many hours as office volunteer at the Harvey Wheeler Council on Aging and was appointed to the Board of the Concord Friends of the Aging in 1992, serving as Secretary from 1993-1999. Edna enjoyed traveling to all 7 continents. Edna spoke often of almost being sent to Siberia when it was thought she stole a towel from the hotel in Leningrad; being taken in by Egyptian police and questioned for 3 hours because she was traveling with a Jewish friend. They were both fingerprinted on a glass of guava juice. On her first trip to China, Edna smuggled in medical books and slides (at the request of a doctor with whom she worked with) to be given to a Professor of Dentistry at the University of Beijing. On her way home from this trip she learned the tour director smuggled 50 Bibles which she did on every one of her trips. Her stories, all written in full detail relate her joy in making snow balls in Norway on the 4th of July, riding an elephant in India, a camel to the pyramids in Egypt, twice walking the Great Wall of China and sailing the complete length of the Panama Canal with 6 dear friends from Concord. Her most favorite was standing on the Antarctica Continent with 3 of her best and longest New York friends surrounded by thousands of penguins. She is survived by her daughter Jane Wagner of Brewster, NY, two granddaughters, New York State Trooper Meredith W. Govoni of Brewster, NY and Lara Marafioti of Stamford, CT a cousin Helen Knapp of New Castle, Delaware as well as many friends. Visiting hours will be on Wed. Nov. 13 from 2:00-4:00 pm in the Concord Funeral Home, 74 Belknap St., Concord. A celebration of Ednas life will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 11:00 am in the West Concord Union Church, 1317 Main St., Concord. Interment will be private. Gifts in Ednas name may be made to the Concord Friends of the Aging, 1279 Main St., Concord, MA 01742 or the West Concord Union Church, Concord, MA. Arrangements under the care of Glenn D. Burlamachi, CONCORD FUNERAL HOME, Concord, MA.
Published in The Concord Journal from Nov. 5 to Nov. 12, 2013.