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Helen V. Wagner dies at age 91

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Helen V. Wagner, age 91, longtime Porter, IN resident, passed away at her home surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

Helen was born in Wyano, PA, on March 4, 1923, to Lawrence and Rose Federovitch.

She married Carl M. Wagner on January 20, 1945.

Helen is survived by her children, Rose Aaron of Chesterton, IN, Kathy (husband, Bill) Gucciardo of Chesterton, IN, Julie (husband, Jim) Petrites of Porter, IN, Marty Wagner of Valparaiso, IN, Tony Wagner of St. Petersburg Beach, FL, and Joe Wagner (fiance, Machelle Blount) of Chesterton, IN; grandchildren, Jerry (wife, Brenda) Aaron, Michael (wife, Amanda) Gucciardo, Dr. Jennifer (husband, Said) Wagner-Assali, Adam Wagner, Cyrus Wagner, Sydney Wagner, Whitney Wagner and Jenna Wagner. Helen also had a special relationship with Viola, Anita and Roni.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl; son, Carl ďSonnyĒ Wagner; brothers, John and Frank Federovitch and sisters, Mary Truicko, Sophia Lombardo and Anna Evans.

Besides raising her seven children, Helenís previous employment included: working on Screw and Lathe Machines for East Shore Machine Products, a war plant, located in Cleveland, OH; P.O.C. Brewery in Ohio; Enchanted Forest, Duneland High School Cafeteria; Meltzís Tavern in Porter; she also did private catering. Helen made countless children happy locally and throughout the state by reconditioning and donating stuffed animals. Her favorite current stuffed animal was simply called Puppy. Her generosity also extended to needy families with her donations to the Westchester Food Pantry. Helen was also famous for her baking, especially her nut rolls, homemade bread and pies. The family would like to give special thanks to Vicki Gestring, Chris Corey, Angelica Rippe, Dawn Rippe, Glenna Mayo, Susan Cook, and the VNA Hospice, who along with her children and grandchildren provided extraordinary love and care allowing Helen to remain comfortable in her home.

In honoring Helenís wishes, private family services will be held. Interment will take place at a later time at Chesterton Cemetery, Chesterton, IN. Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, is handling arrangements.

Memorial donations for Helen may be made to the donorís favorite mission or to the Westchester Food Pantry.

Online condolences may be left for the family at



Posted 11/11/2014