Penny Wagner
Penny Jean Wagner, 60, of Grand Island, passed from this life to the next on Monday April 8, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital after a long illness.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Third City Christian Church, with Pastor Scott Jones officiating. A private family interment will be held at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home, with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to Kid City at TCCC.

Mrs. Wagner was born Sunday May 4, 1952, at McCook to Allyne LaVerne Bates and Wilma Pauline Brubaker. She was united in marriage to Mikel D. Wagner on June 24, 1973, in Beaver City.

Survivors of her immediate family include her husband, Mikel; her mother, Wilma Bates of Beaver City; a son and daughter-in-law, Adam and Samantha Wagner, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters and sons-in law, Amie and Jason Brown of Grand Island and Allynda and Kyle Callies of Benton City, Wash.; two brothers, Allen Bates of Eminence, Mo., and Clark Bates of McCook; and one sister, Anita Artz of Hastings; and her grandchildren, Sagelynn, Izack, Chrystal, Marcus, James, Nonia, Laighton and Kyla.

Penny grew up in Beaver City and graduated from B.C.H.S in 1970. She earned a Christian Ed. Certificate in 1975 at Nebraska Christian College in Norfolk, where she and Mike met. 24 years later she went back to college and earned an Early Child Care Ed. Degree from Central Community College.

Besides Norfolk, Penny and Mike also lived in Kansas, Iowa, and Indiana before settling in the Grand Island area in 1989. Penny loved teaching children and worked at CCC in the Child Care Education dept. for 13 years and taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years.

An avid reader who loved Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen and other mystery writings, Penny also enjoyed collecting cookbooks and trying out some of the recipes she found in them. She was also particularly fond of word puzzle books and enjoyed bargain hunting at garage sales. Travelling and sightseeing were also two of her favorite activities. Besides visiting the majority of the lower 48 states and Hawaii, Penny and Mike also visited Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, and Greece.

Penny became a Christian at the age of 11, and her faith has been her anchor for her entire life. Penny was a member of Third City Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, LaVerne Bates. Penny will always be remembered by family and friends for her sense of humor and her never-give-up spirit.

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Published by The Grand Island Independent on Apr. 11, 2013.
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I have so many fond memories of being a childhood friend and neighbor of Penny. She was one of the sweetest people that I have ever known. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with her family. I am so sorry for your loss.
Jodene (Cass) Plank
April 16, 2013
To Mike and all of Penny's family. Please let me extend my sincerest condolences to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. It was always fun to meet Penny and Mike at the Alumni Banquet for BCHS in Beaver City during the Memorial Day Weekends.
Jay Hall
April 15, 2013
You'll be missed!
Katie Brown
April 13, 2013
Kandy Mustion
April 13, 2013
I met her years ago as a student at the childcare center., got the privilege to work with her also..such a sweet lady god bless you and the family
patience cohen
April 12, 2013
Sherril Tolen
April 12, 2013
Our thoughts and Prayers are with you. Cherish the memories. The Lord is very close in this time of grief.
Don and Shanna Nitzel
April 12, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers for all of Penny's family. She gave it a good fight, but her Lord won. We will miss her, but not sorry she is not suffering anymore.
Ron & Janet McClain
April 11, 2013
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS TIME PENNY IS FREE OF PAIN AND SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS.SHE IS VISITING WITH JESUS AND IS WITH HER DAD AND GRANDPARENTS.GOD BE WITH ALL OF YOU. COUSIN DEMIS FAYE CASPER
DEMIS FAYE CASPER
April 10, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Jerry and Janet Ford
April 10, 2013