Beth Wagie

Beth Margaret Wagie (Washow)

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Beth Margaret Wagie (née Washow), age 71, of Jackson, rested in the arms of Jesus on Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020.
Born January 12, 1949 to George C. and Margaret (Haberle) Washow, Beth was raised in Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls with one older brother and one younger sister. She was confirmed at Centennial Ev. Lutheran Church in 1963, graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran High School in 1967, and earned her primary education degree from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN in 1971. She was united in marriage with John R. Wagie at Pilgrim Ev. Lutheran Church in Menomonee Falls on August 5, 1972. After two years teaching experience in New Ulm and Jefferson, WI, Beth turned her attention to raising three sons. Bravely re-entering the classroom after a 25-year hiatus, Mrs. Wagie lovingly served for 10 years (1999-2009) as preschool teacher at Our Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Grafton.

Her life was centered on Christ, cherishing her time in women’s Bible classes at Good Shepherd Ev. Lutheran Church in West Bend and David’s Star Ev. Lutheran Church in Jackson. She surrounded herself with music constantly, whether listening at home, singing in the Grateful Hearts Choir at Our Savior and the Kettle Moraine Lutheran Adult Chorale, or frequently humming as she went about her day. Beth and John enjoyed extensive travel around the United States, including unforgettable trips to Hawaii and Alaska, as well as a tour of Germany. Her greatest joy on earth, however, was the sight and sound of her grandchildren.

Beth is survived by her devoted husband of 47 years, John R.; sons John A., Nathan (Simona), and Adam (Hannah); grandchildren Carmen and Hazel, Jacob, Hannah, Lucas, and Levi, Estelle and Arthur; brother Robert (Cathy); sisters-in-law Linda Williams and Marcella (Charles) Lowry; brother-in-law Phillip (Taleen); 2 nieces and 7 nephews.
Beth was preceded in death by her beloved parents, George and Margaret Washow; dear sister Nancy Mennicke; and parents-in-law, John W. and Margaret Wagie.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to private caregiver Lisa Marie; Brightstar caregivers Liz, Madeline, Elizabeth, Malissa, Liesel, Morgan, Lynn, and Kim; and ComForCare caregivers Sarah, Cynthia, and Dave. Thank you for making it possible for John to provide excellent care for Beth comfortably in their home and continuing to surround her with music by lovingly singing and playing Christian songs.

A Memorial Service for Beth will be held at 3:00pm on Sunday July 19th at David's Star Ev. Lutheran Church (2750 David's Star Dr. Jackson, WI 53037) with Rev. Kurt Loescher, Rev. Michael Woldt and Rev. Mark Wagner presiding. Visitation will be held at the church on Sunday July 19th from 1:00pm until 2:45pm. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to David’s Star Ev. Lutheran Church and Our Savior Ev. Lutheran Church.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 19th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Sunday, July 19th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    David's Star Ev. Lutheran Church
    2750 David's Star Dr.
    Jackson, Wisconsin 53037
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  • Beth Wagie

    Sunday, July 19th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, July 19th, 2020 1:00pm
    David's Star Ev. Lutheran Church
    2750 David's Star Dr.
    Jackson, Wisconsin 53037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Sunday, July 19th, 2020 | 4:00pm
    Sunday, July 19th, 2020 4:00pm
    David's Star Cemetery
    Address Not Available


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Amanda Schroeder

Posted at 04:54pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Beth was an amazing woman who I enjoyed being with at Just Like Home Adult Day Center. Her smile could light up a room on even the gloomiest days! Beth had a heart of gold! I will always remember her singing and humming along to any music that was played. Her voice was angelic! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. May the remembrance of Beth's bright smile and sweet soul comfort you.
Amanda Schroeder

Lorraine Rovig

Posted at 01:49pm
Dear John,
On behalf of myself and Glen, Marcia, Sherry, and Veda, I offer our heartfelt condolences. We just learned of your sorrow from the East Troy alumni letter. I remember meeting Beth and thinking she was a sweet-natured, pretty woman

At present, all of us are well. Glen and his second wife live on Bainbridge Island, WA; Marcia and her husband and their sons (one with his family; one single) live in Florida; Sherry and her wife live on a nearly self-sufficient homestead above Duluth; Veda and I have homes in southern Minnesota. Veda and husband and 2 adult children waiting out the pandemic together; one son in his own home, while her eldest son and his family (wife and two children) live in northern Wisconsin;

None of us will ever forget the many kindnesses of the Wagie family. It is good to hear your sisters and brother are still with you.

With love from the Rovigs,



Posted at 10:24am
Dear John and family, my sincere sympathy on Beth's passing. I am so glad I got to know Beth at Good Shepherd. She was certainly one of the happiest people I knew...always a smile on her face. The last time I saw her was at an Easter Breakfast at GS and hugs abounded!! She is now surrounded by God's love this first Easter in heaven and I pray His loving arms are surrounding you with His comfort at this time. God Bless.

Debbie Beth

Posted at 03:10pm
Dear John and family,

I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of this incredible and special woman. I had the great fortune and pleasure of working with her at the bank several years ago. She had such a bright light about her. An infectious smile with giggle-like laugh (almost like she was up to something-ha) that I will always remember. So happy to have been able to visit with her a few years back when she and John visited me at my current place of employment. I will always treasure the memory of her. My deepest sympathies to all.

Debbie Beth

Jill Klug

Posted at 11:29am
Dear Wagie family, and especially you John,

What a joyful Easter Beth will have singing in heaven!!!!! Her smile always encouraged, not only her students, but the parents of those students. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful person (wife, mom, grandma) with all of us. She taught many that heaven is our home, because Jesus is our Savior. We are sending virtual hugs to each of you...(especially Estelle and Arthur as I, Mrs. Klug, miss you so!) Your family has been a pillar of showing all how to wrap up in the love of Jesus and take things one moment at a time.
We pray continually for you!
The Klug family,
Robert, Jill, Samuel, and Abigail

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