Geraldine Wagner


Geraldine “Gerry” Wagner, 96, of Paris, and formerly of Wilmette, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, at Paris Healthcare Center. She was a devoted homemaker and had also worked at Jewel Foods for several years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Dec. 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with the Rev. Valery Burusu as celebrant. Private interment in All Saints Cemetery at Des Plaines, is at a later date. The family will receive visitors from 10 a.m. until the service time at the church. Templeton Funeral Home of Paris is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Wagner was born May 28, 1923, at Pendleton, Mo., the daughter of the late Opal Harry and Helen Katherine Price Langford. She married Victor Anthony Wagner Sr. June 13, 1942, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wilmette. He preceded her in death in November 1975.

 Survivors include seven children, Victor A. Wagner Jr. of Cream Ridge, N.J., Barbara “Bonnie” Stephens of Paris, Judith M. Wagner of Oak Harbor, Wash., James (the Rev. Beth) Wagner of Itasca, Christopher J. (Julie) Wagner of Gilbert, Ariz., Daniel S. (Jeanne) Wagner of Highland Park and Thomas M. Wagner (Jane Farber) of Antioch; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a twin brother, Harold T. Langford; a granddaughter, Susan Stephens; and a son-in-law, Jim Stephens.

 Mrs. Wagner was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Paris and St. Mary’s Altar Society. She was a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Wilmette where she was active in the St. Joseph Women’s Club, the St. Joseph PTA and Church Women United. She was also a member of the former Edgar County Grandmothers and Friends Club and the Paris Community Hospital volunteers. In addition, she was active in Girl Scouts for more than 25 years.

She worked in finance prior to marriage and became the first female accountant at the Continental Bank of Chicago, then the world’s largest bank. She loved traveling, camping, and the outdoors. She traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, taking in a number of hiking and walking tours in Switzerland and Scotland. When at home, she enjoyed knitting and reading.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Altar Society of Paris.

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