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Shirley Johan Wagner

October 1, 1937 — January 27, 2024

Rush City

Shirley Wagner of Rush City passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at the age of 86.

Shirley Johan Jeffers was born October 1, 1937 to James and Cora (Schoenholz) Jeffers in McCook, Nebraska. She was the youngest of five children with one older brother and three older sisters. She had her first job in a laundromat when she was 10 years old, working with her mom. She had to hide upstairs when the government people came in because she was too young to be working!

She and Willy met at the roller-skating rink and were married on February 12, 1955. They were blessed with three boys. She worked at Chef Lalanne's as a waitress. The highlight of that job was waiting on the actor Robert Taylor! She became a homemaker when her children were young. She also kept Willy busy with the home improvement projects that she came up with.

She spent many years working with Willy at TRW in McCook. They moved to Guadalajara, Mexico in 1979 for Willy's job with TRW and were there for three years. When they returned, they were both working at the plant in Ogallala, Nebraska. When TRW sold out to a company that changed their employment, they decided to start over and joined their oldest son's business in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. They worked in White Bear Lake for several years, and when the company opened a branch in Texas, they decided to move and took the Texas branch for their own.

They lived in Texas on a beautiful hobby farm until their retirement. When they retired, they first moved back to McCook to be close to Mary, Shirley's sister. After a few years and with no family still living there, they came to Minnesota. They lived in one of the townhomes at Gracepointe in Cambridge. They enjoyed helping with bingo and going to activities at "the big house." As they grew older, they decided to move into a smaller apartment. They found an apartment in Rush City at Rushseba, where Shirley enjoyed the care of both Willy and the wonderful people at Rushseba.

Shirley is survived by her husband Willy Wagner of Rush City; children David (Teresa) Wagner of Pine City, Randy (Paul) Wagner of Santa Maria, California; daughter-in-law Kari Wagner of Kansas; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Don Wagner of Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents James and Cora Jeffers; son Ron Wagner; four siblings.

Reverend Glen Kleppe will officiate the funeral service for Shirley: 11 AM; Friday, February 2, 2024 with a time of visitation and reviewal planned for one hour prior to the service all at the Olson Funeral Chapel in Rush City.

Arrangements are entrusted to the: Funeral and Cremation Service of Rush City ~ Olson Chapel

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