Eleanor Ruth "Elly" Wagner
1941 - 2021
Summit Funeral & Cremation
9050 Buchanan Trail
Inver Grove Heights, MN
Audiologist, author, activist, artist, and loving mother and grandmother, Eleanor "Elly" Ruth Wagner was born in Pittsburgh, PA on Sept. 17, 1941. Raised in Houston, PA, Elly graduated with a bachelor's degree from the College of Wooster and a master's degree from the University of Illinois. In 1965, while registering voters in Montgomery, AL, she attended a sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that inspired her lifelong activism. She worked tirelessly to make the world a better place, consistently championing the causes of social justice, voting rights, LGBTQ+ rights, non-violence, and climate stabilization and sustainability. In 1971, she moved to Edina where she made her home, raised her children, and cultivated the garden that was her pride and joy later in life. She worked as an audiologist at Park Nicollet Medical Center for over 40 years, specializing in patients with tinnitus. Elly was an author, publishing 3 books including Lavender Reflections, a book of affirmations for lesbians and gay men, published in 1995. Her other professions included photography, gardening herbs and flowers, crafting, and she was a vendor and then president of the Hopkins Farmer's Market. Elly was a skilled musician who brought people together through music and song. She was active in her local community, including the Lyndale United Church of Christ, Grandmothers for Peace, MN Herb Society, and several writer and book groups. She died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer on Sept. 23, 2021 at home, surrounded by family and friends.

Predeceased by her parents Homer and Louise and brothers David and William, she is survived by her sister Lois, brother Paul, long-term friend Kathy, sons Glydewell (Cynthia) and Keith (Jennifer), and 4 grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for October 9 at Minnehaha Park, Wabun Shelter C and on Zoom, gathering 12:30PM, Service 1PM. Feel free to bring photo/note for memory wall. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Lyndale UCC on Elly's behalf.
Published by Sun Current from Sep. 28 to Oct. 12, 2021.
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Dearest Elly, You have left us too soon. When you first reported your sadly difficult diagnosis, there was hope for a good quality of life for a few more years. Alas, it was not to be. We only knew you a few years, mostly as one of the good and faithful friends and supporters of CCL, a cause near and dear to you and to us. We owe you for your leadership in that cause. We also understand that you have been a good citizen in many other efforts to make the world a better place. We wish you a fond farewell, sorry at your more precipitous decline, a loss to us and to of your family and friends. Condolences to all who knew Elly and will miss her.
Yours sincerely,
Rosemary and Jeff Schwedes
Brookline, MA
Rosemary and Jeffrey Schwedes
October 13, 2021
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