Madonna W. Wagner, age 92, of Findlay, died at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Birchaven Heights in Findlay. She was born April 21, 1922 in Bluffton, Ohio to the late Harry and Metta (Moser) Lugibihl. She married Aulton Thomas Wagner on September 7, 1940 and he died on 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, Va.; two daughters, Constance (Lloyd) Nelson of Pinellas Park, Fl. and Lt. Col. USMC (Ret.) Neita Armstrong of Oceanside, Ca.; and five grandchildren, Tracy Nelson, Shannon Wagner, Steven Wagner, Michael Wagner, and Alissa Armstrong.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Susanna Luginbuhl; and a brother, John Lugibihl.
She was a graduate of Bluffton High School, the bookkeeper for Wagner Carburetor Service, a seamstress, retoucher and colorist. She had been a member of Ebenezer Mennonite Church, then St. Pauls U.M. Church where she served as a teacher and superintendent of Primary and Junior Depts., 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 Wed. Mah Jongg group, Past Matron of Findlay Chapter #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 Ct. #10 LOSNA, past directress of the Findlay Shrine Dolls Unit and Past Pres. 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 Friday, July 25, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Findlay where an Eastern Star Service will be held at 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the funeral home with Pastor Laurie Beaty officiating. Interment at Maple Grove Cemetery 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. Online condolences are welcomed at www.coldrencrates.com.
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