Dixie Lee Wagner, age 86 of Montello, peacefully passed away from this life in her sleep with praying hands on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2022 to celebrate Jesus’ birthday with Him and her loved ones in Heaven. Dixie was born in Portage on November 5, 1936, to Henry and Regina (Hollander) Walters, and grew up on the farm in Packwaukee, the youngest of five siblings. She attended Packwaukee Grade School, was confirmed at Packwaukee Trinity Lutheran Church, graduated from Montello High School and married Vernet (Rudy) Wagner on August 21, 1954, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Packwaukee. Dixie was a faithful parishioner and greeter at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Vernet preceded Dixie in death on November 7, 2003.
Dixie most of all loved her family and she enjoyed preparing special birthday and holiday dinners where she poured her heart and her love into every delightful celebration. Dixie’s special birthday and holiday celebrations were the BEST, filled with all good food (especially Ralph’s Chinese Chicken Salad). Dixie was extremely hardworking, fiercely independent, and so very humble and kind and showed her love for us all in her family dinners, her special birthday cakes, phone calls, and making sure everyone received a birthday and anniversary card. Dixie had a special love for babies, birds and animals and cherished “family” and brought us all together including her siblings and extended family; her children and grandchildren, her church family at St. John’s/Emmanuel Lutheran, her family of classmates who giggled and chatted through their Sparks breakfasts, her family of friends at her Sunday brunches at Good ol’ Days, her family of co-workers and friends at Jimmy’s Snack Bar, Montello Products, and at Arimon Technologies, where she diligently worked until she was 82 years of age when COVID shut the world down. Dixie was a faithful Christian and her love and kindness for us all helped us to experience God’s great love for us all.
Dixie is survived by her son, Doug (Sue) of Montello, and daughter, Laurie (John) of Dalton as well as eight grandchildren: Stacey (Jeremy), Shana (Jimmy), Stephanie (Ryan), Damian, Jacob (Rachel), Lindsay (Chad), Jonny (Angela) and Jessica (Zachary). She is also survived by great-grandchildren: Jackson, Sophia, Rosemary, Beatrice, Lillyan, Matilda, Eloise, Gavin, Lainey, Finley, Reagan, Sawyer, Colt, Emma, Rowan and Max. Dixie is further survived by her sister, Eileen Buehrens, many other extended family members as well as her cuddly companion, Patches.
Dixie is preceded in death by her husband, son, Ralph, infant daughter, Diane, siblings: Geraldine (Gerald) Iwanowski, Valera (Harold) Calder, LeRoy (Jean) Walters; brother-in-law, Harold Buehrens, sister-in-law, Milly (Alex) Krueger and sister-in-law, Arvilla (Arden) Klimke.
Thanks, Mom, for reminding us, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”
A memorial service for Dixie Wagner will be held on Friday, December 30, 2022 at 11:00 AM at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montello. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until the hour of service. Pastor Pete Zietlow will preside and private inurnment will take place at a later date at Eastside Cemetery in Montello. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 313 E. Montello Street, Montello, WI 53949.
The family would like to thank Drs. Mullvain, Krumpos, Bellissimo and Burr as well as the St. Croix Hospice Team for all their loving care and support.
Crawford Funeral and Cremation Service of Montello and Oxford is honored to be serving the family. www.CrawfordFH.com