Evelyn “Evey” Rose Wagner was born on March 21, 1927, in Whittemore, the daughter of Joseph J. and Elizabeth Josephine (Fandel) Elbert. They lived in Whittemore till Evelyn was 3 years old when her family moved to Algona. She graduated from St. Cecelia Academy in 1944.
She was united in marriage to Dwight “Spud” Wagner on Feb. 10, 1947, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church. The couple raised their family in Corwith before moving to Algona in 1950. In her life, Evelyn had many occupations. She was a telephone operator, worked at Garrigan High School as a cook, then went to work at the Good Samaritan Society, Algona, as a CNA and later as a billing, payroll and intake secretary, retiring in 1992. She loved being a grandmother to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandson.
Evelyn enjoyed volunteering at the Algona Family YMCA, where she read to the children in the daycare. She enjoyed crocheting baby blankets and hats for newborn babies, reading and spending time with her family. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the VFW Auxiliary and St. Cecelia Catholic Church.
Evelyn passed away peacefully on Nov. 18, 2019, at the Algona Manor. She was 92.
Evelyn is survived by her children, Terry and wife Hazel of Algona, Tom and wife Marilyn of Jewell, David and wife Joyce of Whittemore and Linda and husband Ed Kausalik of Grimes; as well as 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two sisters-in-law, Rose Elbert and Gladys Elbert; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dwight “Spud” Wagner; parents; baby boy James William Wagner; and 11 brothers and sisters, Isabel Besch, Gertie Schiltz, Elizabeth Elbert, Arnold Elbert, Irvin “Kelly” Elbert, Mike Elbert, Joe Elbert, Carmel Sweeney, Dolores Geelan, Archie Elbert and Clem Elbert.
A Funeral Mass was held Nov. 22 at St. Cecelia Catholic Church. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.