Chesterton Tribune

Marion Wagner dies at 87

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Marion Wagner, of Michigan City, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 in The Arbors of Michigan City. She was 87.

She was born May 12, 1920 in Portage, the daughter of Lewis and Martha (Barring) Johnson, both of whom preceded her in death .

On May 12, 1938 in Chesterton, she married Richard E. Wagner, who preceded her in death on June 16, 1997.

She is survived by a daughter, Sylvia Wagner of Michigan City; two grandsons, Charles R. Bonick of Westville and, James P. Bonick of Lafayette; a great-grandson, Charles M. Bonick of Westville; a niece, Marge Carmichael of Wyoming and a nephew, Steven Johnson of Chesterton.

She was preceded in death by step-sister, Gertrude Wennerstrom, and three brothers, Lewis, Oscar and Norman Johnson.

She was an excellent mechanic repairing everything from lawn mowers to automobiles. She built a model A Ford when she was 16 years old from parts gleaned out of junkyards. She earned the money for this project by trapping furs and selling them. She was an excellent artist, and expert gardener who at one time had 1/4 acre of flowers. She loved her family and was always there for them. She worked out of the Chesterton Post Office as a substitute rural mail carrier for many years retiring in 1970.

Per Mrs. Wagner’s request there will be no visitation or funeral service. Marion and her husband Richard’s ashes along with those of their little dog Charlie will be scattered along with one red rose in Lake Michigan, and along the Salt Creek river in Portage at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City.

Contributions may be made to Michiana Humane Society, P. O. Box 8651, Michigan City, IN 46360.

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Posted 2/11/2008