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Madonna W. Wagner

July 18, 2014
The Advertiser-Tribune

Madonna W. Wagner, 92, of Findlay, died at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Birchaven Heights, Findlay.

She was born April 21, 1922, in Bluffton, to Harry and Metta (Moser) Lugibihl. She married Aulton Thomas Wagner Sept. 7, 1940, and he died May 12, 1999.

Surviving are two sons, Lt. Col. USMC (Ret.) Philip G. (Debra) Wagner of San Antonio, Texas, and Lt. Col. USMC (Ret.) Christopher J. (Anne) Wagner of Stafford, Virginia; two daughters, Constance (Lloyd) Nelson of Pinellas Park, Florida, and Lt. Col. USMC (Ret.) Neita Armstrong of Oceanside, California; and five grandchildren, Tracy Nelson, Shannon Wagner, Steven Wagner, Michael Wagner and Alissa Armstrong.

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Mrs. Wagner

She also was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Susanna Luginbuhl; and a brother, John Lugibihl.

She was a graduate of Bluffton High School, was the bookkeeper for Wagner Carburetor Service, a seamstress, retoucher and colorist. She had been a member of Ebenezer Mennonite Church, then St. Pauls United Methodist Church, where she served as a teacher and superintendent of primary and junior departments, a charter member and past president of the Findlay Art League, Findlay LaSertoma Club, Eta C.C.L., a member of Ohio Star Quilters, Brushes and Palettes, the Thursday Girls and Wednesday mah jongg group, past matron of Findlay Chapter No. 23 O.E.S., deputy grand matron of Dist. 26., O.E.S. recipient of the Grand Cross of Color, served on the board for Findlay Rainbow for girls, member of Dendarah Court No. 10 LOSNA, past directress of the Findlay Shrine Dolls Unit and past president of the Findlay Ladies Shrine Club. Madonna learned to fly an airplane and flew solo in three months at the age of 80, and her call sign was "Flying Madonna." She was a very goal-oriented person.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, 205 W. Sandusky St., Findlay, OH 45840, (419) 422-2323, where an Eastern Star service will begin at 6 p.m.

Her funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at the funeral home with Pastor Laurie Beaty officiating.

Interment at Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay, will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Children's Shrine Hospital, St. Pauls United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund, the Findlay Art League or to Bridge Hospice.

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