January 12, 1926 – January 4, 2021
Joseph, formerly of Hague, SK, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Luther Special Care Home in Saskatoon, SK. Joe was born to Conrad and Katharina (Frank) Wagner on the family farm near Hague, the tenth of their eleven children. He is survived by his wife of seventy-two years, Christine (Rothenburger) Wagner, his four children, Linda Simpson, Garry (Sherri) Wagner, Bruce (Lynn) Wagner, and Timothy (Pat) Wagner, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, all six of his brothers and four of his sisters, and his oldest grandson, Douglas Huchkowsky. Joe and Tina met at the Lutheran Church in Hague and were confirmed there together in 1942. They were married July 30, 1948. They started farming in 1948 on a yard close to the Wagner family farm. They moved to Terrace Bay, ON, the first winter to work at a lumber mill, but returned to Saskatchewan the next year. They moved to the Wagner family farm in 1956 and resided there until they moved to Hague in 1985. The Wagner family farm received the Century Farm Award in 2018. Joe worked off the farm as a mechanic for a number of years to support his farming habit. His skills as a mechanic were also put to use teaching mechanics to young 4H members. The farm was expanded in 1967 to 39 milking cows. After that, Joe no longer worked away from the farm. Joe’s first grandchild was born in 1969. His joy in life was his grandkids. They rode with him on the tractors and combines and worked with him in the shop. He loved to take his grandchildren fishing. Joe and Tina loved to dance. They square danced, round danced, and met many friends through dancing, including the ones they met while dancing their winters away in Mesa, Arizona. Joe and Tina moved to Luther Heights in Saskatoon in January of 2009. After a major surgical setback in 2015, Joe was moved to care. He spent his final years at Luther Special Care Home, where Tina joined him in 2017. They lived in side by side rooms until Joe’s passing. While isolation due to the pandemic has been very hard for many seniors, they did have each other. A Private Family Service will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. The service will be live-streamed for those who wish to view it at: www.faithproductions.ca/livestream . Interment will take place at a later date when restrictions allow for larger gatherings. Arrangements in care of David Schurr – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.
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