Shirley E. Wagner, 94, of Uehling NE

Shirley E. Wagner, age 94, of Uehling, Nebraska passed away Monday December 21, 2015 at the Hooper Care Center.  Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Hooper, NE.  The Rev. Joel Schroeder will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hooper Cemetery.  Visitation with family present will be Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ludvigsen’s Hooper Funeral Chapel, Hooper, NE. Memorials are suggested to Redeemer Lutheran Church.  Access the online guestbook at  Ludvigsen’s Hooper Funeral Chapel in Hooper is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Elaine Stenvers was born on March 2, 1921 to Mauritz and Mathilda ‘Claasen’ Stenvers on their farm northwest of Uehling. She married Clarence Wagner on June 22, 1941. They lived on a farm on the Scribner-Herman road and raised three children there, Lynne, Dean and Carol. Her husband preceded her in death on October 29, 1975. After his death Shirley moved to Uehling in 1979, where she resided until her death. She was confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church north of Hooper on September 2, 1934. She enjoyed going to the Confirmation jubilees every year. She went to Wayne State College after she graduated from Uehling High School on May 20, 1938. She received her teaching certificate to teach in rural schools. When she married, she was a housewife until 1956 when she went back to teaching in rural schools in Dodge County. She attended Midland College night classes and summer classes and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.

She also was involved in volunteer work at Redeemer Lutheran Church which included Sunday school teacher, Altar Guild and library committee. She also was involved in reading to residents at the Hooper Care Center, Blood Mobile in Uehling, Election Board for many years, active in the American Legion Auxiliary in which she held several positions, Dodge county Feeders Auxiliary President, Chairman of the Nebraska Cattle Women’s Association, Uehling Senior Citizen Center and entertainment committee and 4-H leader. Her hobbies included collecting Fiestaware, recipe book collection and trying new recipes, Antiques and refinishing old furniture. She also loved to read even up to a couple of days before her death.

Besides her husband, Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, sister Eileen Behrendsen and brother Dennis Stenvers.

Shirley is survived by her children: Lynne (Butch) Vaughn, Dean (Kay) Wagner, and Carol Christensen. She is survived by 6 grandchildren, Mary Jackson, Christopher (Alisa) Vaughn, Louis Vaughn, Natalie (Tracey) Kozak, Kara (Chaunce) King, and Casey Christensen. She is also survived by 10 great grandchildren.

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