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Betty J. Wagner

January 6, 1950 — May 7, 2018

Betty J. Wagner

Betty June Wagner, 68, of Bucyrus, died peacefully Monday, May 7, 2018 at Bucyrus Community Hospital following a lengthy heart-related illness.

She was born January 6, 1950 in Marion, Ohio to the late Nathan R. and Eva E. (Travis) Walter. Betty’s dad died when she was 11 and shortly thereafter, she and mom moved to Bucyrus where she attended school and graduated from Bucyrus High School in 1968. That same year in August, she married Larry N. Wagner and he survives.

Church, family and her pet cats summarized her life. Betty was an active member and Sunday School teacher at Christ Gospel Church in Bucyrus. She loved socializing with fellow members and considered many of them, including Pastor Jack and Ruth Hager, her second family. She cared for her family as a homemaker, but she was much more than that. Betty’s job was to worry over them, love them unconditionally and was there for them when they needed her the most. Her husband Larry taught karate classes and when at competitions, Betty was referred to as the “Den Mother” as she looked after the team gear. She was also proud to have met Chuck Norris while at one of their competitions. Earlier in her married life, Betty and family enjoyed many weekends spent camping at their site at Dogwood Valley in Mt. Gilead. She also found pleasure in simple “get togethers”, picnics or gathering at Nan’s for a cookout. But as much as church and family filled her life, Betty often preferred being at home with her kitty cats and most recently, time spent with Georgie made her happiest. You might recall seeing Betty walking around Bucyrus as she loved going for walks and during the winter months, she and Larry worked a lot of jigsaw puzzles. If you ever happen to notice a piece of gum stuck to something, think of Betty as she loved chewing gum and rather than throwing it out, she often stuck it on a cup or bowl when it was time for dinner or daily medicine.

In addition to Larry, her husband of nearly 50 years, Betty is survived by her daughter, Nanette (Jerry) Fulton of Bucyrus; two granddaughters, Ivey (John McDevitt) Fulton and Kelby (Jason Conant) Fulton; one great grandson, Kyler McDevitt who referred to Betty as GG Maw; sister-in-law, Sharon Walter; nephew, Richard Walter; great nephew, Troy Stevens as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.

Betty was preceded in death by her brother, Jack Walter and niece, Lisa Stevens.

A private graveside memorial service will be held at Chapel Heights Memory Gardens in Marion with Pastor Jack Hager officiating. Donations can be made payable to Christ Gospel Church and given through Wise Funeral Service at 129 W. Warren St., Bucyrus, who assisted her family. Betty’s family is extremely thankful to the staff at Heartland of Bucyrus for the excellent care provided to Betty and the communication given to her family while in their care.

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