Josephine “ Josie” Wagner

Josephine “ Josie” Wagner age 102, of Amery, Wisconsin formerly of Clayton passed away on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Golden Age Manor in Amery, Wisconsin.

Josie was born in Clayton, Wisconsin on June 22, 1916 to Oscar and Mary (Johnson) Eckwall. She was confirmed at the Marsh Lake Lutheran Church in Richardson. Josie was the first class to graduate from Clayton High School in 1936. On March 25, 1939 she married Bill Wagner in Stillwater, Minnesota. She worked in the John Thomas grocery store in Clayton as well as the Stella Cheese Factory and was the tax assessor for the village of Clayton and they farmed for 43 years. She continued to farm for 7 years after Bill’s death. She was also the church organist for 29 years. She entered the Golden Age Manor in December of 2011. Her stay there was most enjoyable and was well taken care of by the loving staff.

Josie is survived by her 5 nieces, Marion (Ken) Carlson, Janice (Dayton) Frederickson, Sandy Frederickson, Beverly (Pat) Hennessy, Kathy Lyons and many great-nieces and great- nephews and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her parents, a brother, Ernest (Ida) Eckwall; a sister, Etta (Evan) Peterson; a half-brother, Henry Eckwall and a nephew, Jerry Eckwall.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Faith Lutheran Church in Clayton, Wisconsin with Pastor Margaret Grant officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place following the service at the Marsh Lake Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a huge Thank you to the staff at the Golden Age Manor for their wonderful care of Josie during her stay there.

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Arrangements were entrusted to the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 222 Harriman Avenue North Amery, Wisconsin.

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