LAWRENCE— Norma Jean (Wagner) Stangle, 87, of Lawrence and formerly of Russell, Gorham and Ellsworth, passed away Sunday, March 1, at the Brandon Woods in Lawrence. Born Aug. 14, 1927, she was the daughter of E.M. “Bake” and Hulda (Dauber) Wagner.
She graduated from Ellsworth High School as Salutatorian of her class in 1945. She earned a three-year degree in 1948 from Susan B. Allen School of Nursing in El Dorado. She then began her life’s work as a Registered Nurse, including working at Russell Regional Hospital. She completed her BSN in 1971. She married Cecil L. Stangle on June 11, 1951 in Ellsworth. He preceded her in death on Jan. 3, 2000.
Survivors include her son, Garrick Stangle (Louellyn) of Olathe; daughter, Allyn (aka. Margaret) Elliott (Bruce) of Lawrence; sister Mary Specht of Ft. Collins, Colo.; brothers, Ron Wagner of Independence, and Ed Wagner (Joyce) of Ft. Collins, Colo.; brother-in-law, Everett Stangle (Gloria) of St. George, Utah; sister-in-laws, Luella Bales of Snyder, Texas and Joanne Stangle of Newton; one grandson and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, Jerome and Melvin Wagner, and several brothers and sisters-in-law.
Celebration of Norma’s Life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 16 at Trinity United Methodist Church of Russell. Burial of ashes will be held at a later date in Ebenezer Cemetery in Burns. Visitation will be Sunday, March 15 from noon to 6 p.m. at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell with the family present to greet friends from 4 to 6 p.m.. Memorials are suggested to the Russell Girl Scouts or Ebenezer United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.
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Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, March 10, 2015