Edward A. Wagner, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. It was Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, a day to honor both love and faith. Ed was born on November 26, 1927 to the late Anthony and Elizabeth Wagner. He graduated from Messmer High School in 1946 where he met the love of his life. He graduated in 1950 from the University of San Francisco. On July 21, 1951 he married Mary Zuraski in Milwaukee. Ed worked at Riverside Paper as a financial officer for 36 years until the time of his retirement.
Ed enjoyed investing, golfing, playing and watching basketball and staying physically active. He loved to travel with his wife and ended up visiting 12 national parks. Ed and Mary have a cottage in Door County where they enjoyed the beach, golfing and sitting on the deck; prior to that he spent a lot of time with his family at Hills Lake swimming and enjoying picnic lunches. He was a wonderful father and grandfather. Many people loved him and were drawn to his ability to listen and provide insight to many topics. Ed always appeared unexpectedly to lend a helping hand.
Ed is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary; his daughters: Peggy Aertker, Mary Ellen (Terry) Sprotte, Julie (Jon) Post and Sue (Billy) Frank; grandchildren: Evelyn (Ben) Carlson, Anna (Jim) Harrelson, Alice (Aaron) Hollingsworth, Daniel (Christy) Sprotte, Sarah LeMoine, Peter (Colleen) Post, Cal Post, Nick (special friend Kelly Zoerner) Frank, and Tony Frank; great grandchildren: Henry and Wiley Carlson, Alyssa and Grace Harrelson, Olivia and Ethan Sprotte, Will LeMoine, Ashton, Gavin and Audra Post, and Caleb Post; sisters: Helen and Theresa Wagner. He is preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Roger Aertker; and brother Frank Wagner.
A Funeral service for Ed will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 19, 2018 at ST. THERESE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 213 E Wisconsin Ave, Appleton, with Fr. Bill Hoffman and Fr. Ryan Starks officiating. Visitation will take place on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel from 2:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. with a prayer service to conclude the afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Visitation will resume the next day at church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Food Pantry or a charity of your choice in Ed’s name.
A special thank you to the staff of Brookdale Assisted Living for their loving care and kind thoughts.