Ethel Wagner passed away at the Tippett Hospice Home in Needham on February 21, 2017 at the age of 90.
She is survived by Wilbur, her loving husband of 70 years. She is remembered by her son, Steven Wagner and his wife Sandra, her daughter Cheryl Slesnick and her husband Michael, her son Robert Wagner and his wife Sharon, her son Bruce Wagner and his wife Nancy, her daughter Debra and her husband Abraham, grandchildren Dara Tsoukales and her husband Nikitas, Jacob Slesnick, Rosa Gonyer and her husband Drew, Emma Slesnick, Stacy Saldana and her husband Julian, Gregory Wagner, David Wagner and his wife Maria, Michael Wagner and his wife Rebecca, Ben Wagner, Max Wagner, Nathan Silverman, Matthew Silverman, great-grandchilren Nicholas Tsoukales, Noah Tsoukales, Liam Gonyer, Luke Wagner and Liam Saldana, and her sister-in law Valma Backer and her husband Jerry. She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews.
Ethel was born in St. Louis, MO on July 6, 1926. She graduated from high school in 1944. She met Wilbur when she was 16, and they married on March 31, 1946 after he returned from service in the Army. She worked as a comptometer operator during the war, and then after she married, she became a homemaker and loving mother to five children. She moved with Wilbur and their three children, Steven, Cheryl and Robert, to Los Angeles, CA in 1954, where son Bruce was born. The family moved to Northern California in 1958, where daughter Debra was born. Ethel made her home in various places in Northern California, including Mountain View, San Jose, Saratoga and Carmel with the children, and later in San Francisco and San Diego when the children were grown.
Everywhere she lived, she made a home for the family, enjoyed making new friends and joined a synagogue. She was a member of Hadassah for many years. She regularly played Mahjong with her friends. She had a sewing machine and enjoyed making clothes for herself and her children. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. In 2009, Ethel and Wilbur moved to West Hartford, CT to live with her daughter Debra, her husband Abraham and their children. In 2013, Ethel moved to Newton to be close to her daughter Cheryl and husband Michael and their children. Ethel and Wilbur moved to Sunrise Assisted Living in Wayland in August of 2016.
Ethel’s family was the greatest joy of her life. She was a very loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt.