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McAuley High School, Toledo, Ohio

Mother of Linda ’77, Joanne ’78 and Sandra Wagner ’82 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 4, 2022

Mary Louise Yager Wagner, 85, of South Toledo, passed away Sunday, July 31st 2022.

The 5th of 8 children, Mary was born to Edward and Alice Yager in August of 1936 in Toledo, Ohio. She attended St. Charles Borromeo Elementary School. Early on, she formed fond friendships with Bev Dreier and Phyllis Brunner, who remained close to her for the rest of her life. She graduated from Central Catholic High School as a part of the Class of 1954, where she met her husband, Byron “Barney” Wagner. They were married for 29 years before Barney passed away in 1984, and together they had 13 children.

Mary was a faithful parishioner of O.L.P.H. for 63 years. She enjoyed her work with the Tanalski family at Sanitary Cleaners as an “inspector”, and managed the first layaway department at Meijer in Maumee, Ohio. She enjoyed volunteering at St. Luke’s Hospital for 14 years. Mary was an active member of The Red Hat Society and traveled with her grade school classmates on various trips and outings to casinos. She loved attending monthly dinners with her siblings, playing bingo, drinking an occasional margarita, and most of all spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Alice Yager, husband, Barney Wagner, siblings; Theresa Musch, Joe Yager, and Angela Badik, brothers-in-law Nelson Musch, Mickey Badik, Norm Bunte; sisters-in-law Mary Yager, Dottie Yager; son-in-law, Paul P. Szymanski, and her grandson, Hap Harvick. She is survived by all 13 of her children: Carl (Sherry) Wagner, Mark (Lynn) Wagner, William (Karen) Wagner, Linda (Daniel) Truman, Joanne (Mark) Olnhausen, Jim Wagner, Pat (Chris) Wagner, Sandra Szymanski, Joe (Vicki) Wagner, John (Dawn) Wagner, David (Michelle) Wagner, Robert (Frances) Wagner, and Jennifer Phillips. Her surviving siblings are C.J. Yager, Ursula (Jack) Mattimore, Eleanor Bunte, and Donald Yager. She will be greatly missed by her 30 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Mary left us beautiful memories. Her love of faith and family will forever be our guide.

Family and friends will gather at Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd. on Sunday, August 7th from 3 p.m.-8 p.m., and again Monday, August 8th at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 2255 Central Grove Ave., Toledo, from 9 a.m-10 a.m. with the funeral Mass to follow at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

In an attempt to include friends and family from far and wide to celebrate the life of Mary Louise Wagner we are pleased to offer a Live Stream of the funeral Mass for Mary beginning at 10:00 am on Monday, August 8, 2022 for those who wish to attend the Mass virtually.

To participate in the service via Live Stream l please CLICK HERE anytime after 9:45am on Monday, August 8, 2022 and you will be directly connected to the Live Stream of Mary’s funeral Mass.

Donations may be made in honor of Mary to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, and McLaren St. Luke’s Hospital. Please leave a condolence message at

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mary Louise Wagner please visit our Sympathy Store.

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