02/18/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Paul Wagner

Paul A. Wagner
(@1928 - 14 Feb 2007)

Newport News High School Class of 1949

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter tonight.

From Dale Parsons ('49) of VA - 02/18/07 - "NNHS Graduate 1949":

   (Enclosed is Paul Wagner's obituary.)

   Thank you for the nudge, Dale.  I knew Paul's name was ringing a distant bell with me, but even after reading his obituary, I did not pick up the very obvious clues.  I apologize for the delay in posting this.

From the Daily Press - 02/16/07:









  Paul A. Wagner

NEWPORT NEWS - Paul A. Wagner, 78, a native of Mt. Ulla, N.C., and Newport News resident the past 66 years, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, at Bayside Convalescent Center, Poquoson. Mr. Wagner was a member of Menchville Baptist Church, a member of the Sportsman's Club, and retired in 1994 from Newport News Shipbuilding Shipfitters Dept. after 44 years. He served in the U. S. Navy Reserves, followed by the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict, and was active in his Marine unit's annual reunions. Mr. Wagner was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Wagner; mother, Elva Wagner; father, Julius Wagner; brothers, Julius, Jake, and Carl Wagner; and sister, Millie Kiger. He is survived by one daughter, Denise Fair and husband, Bruce, of Poquoson; one son, Richard Wagner and wife, Sandy, of Seaford; two sisters, Louise Dewing of Kentwood, Mich., and Ruth Staples of Hampton; five grandchildren, Ashley and Emma Fair of Poquoson, and Olivia, Graham, and Heath Wagner of Seaford; and a special friend, Betty Dowdy of Newport News. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home in Poquoson. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home by Pastor Chris Gill. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216, or to Disabled American Veterans Chapter 2, 15460 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23608. The family wishes to thank the staff of Bayside Convalescent Center for their care and support.

Published in the Daily Press from 2/15/2007 - 2/16/2007.
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Steve & I sure adored our Uncle Paul. Such a sweet, soft-spoken man-he always had that shy smile. Many happy memories of him/Shirley too, at their home. My sympathy for our cousins Denise/Richard and their families.
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Gail Bonsey (Newberg, OR) - February 15, 2007
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My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God Bless!
Peggy Plummer (Hampton, VA) - February 15, 2007
I worked with Paul at the shipyard for 9 years. He was one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. We talked everyday and he always knew how to make me smile. I have only seen him a few times in the last 17 years, but I always loved running into him around town. I also grew up with his daughter-in-law Sandy, so, to Sandy, and all of Paul's family, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, as is Paul. He was truly one in a million, and he will be missed.
Lynn Thompson (Mitchell) (Hampton, VA) - February 15, 2007
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Rick, I just wanted to extend my condolences on the loss of your father. May the Lord be with you and your family as you grieve his passing and adjust to life without him. May you also be comforted with the feeling of his spiritual presence when you think of him. God Bless your family.
Robin Kloeppel (Portsmouth, VA) - February 15, 2007
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My wife and I will keep your family in our prayers!
Phil Forbes (Suffolk, VA) - February 15, 2007
Vickie and I send our sincere condolences.
Rick Kittrell (Suffolk, VA) - February 15, 2007
Ronnie Ellsworth (Suffolk, VA) - February 15, 2007
So sorry to hear of Paul's death. We attended NNHS together. He was a real gentleman, always with a smile.
Dale Parsons (Franklin, VA) - February 15, 2007
Rick & Sandy,

Debbie & I are deeply saddened to hear about your loss. We will keep you and the kids in our prayers. God Bless you all.
Joe & Debbie France (Hampton, VA) - February 16, 2007
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I am so sorry about your Dad. I know all too well what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Peggi Cameron (Newport News) - February 16, 2007
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Denise & Richard,
Sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. He was a wonderful friend and true Marine. Always looked forward to seeing him at our annual Marine Corp Reunions. Was sorry he was unable to attend this past year when we hosted it in SD. You're in our thoughts and prayers.
Lorne & Pat Ruzicka (Belle Fourche, SD) - February 16, 2007
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 I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. He was such a nice man, whom I helped care for at Bayside. He will be sadly missed. God be with your family.
Elizabeth Hicks, CNA (Poquoson) - February 16, 2007
My mother, Paul's sister, Louise Wagner Dewing, who lives in Michigan, asked me to write: "I 'd really like to be there, but I am so thankful that I got to see him in December. I was so proud of him as a brother."

I always loved visiting Uncle Paul's house. Denise and Richard and families, you have our deepest sympathy.
Much love, Debbie Dewing Kopinski
Debbie Kopinski (New York, NY) - February 16, 2007
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My husband Chris and I were very saddened to hear that Paul had passed away. We knew Paul through Betty Dowdy, his special friend and our special friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all.
Marlea Leljedal - February 17, 2007
Betty and Paul's family,
Please except our sincere condolences on the death of Paul. We will miss seeing him at the annual Marine reunions. He will never be forgotten.
Martinus and Martha Kohler (Beloit, KS) - February 18, 2007

   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the entire Wagner family at this time.

    From Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR - 02/18/07 - "Paul Wagner":

  Our Uncle Paul Wagner, 78, passed away this past week - it was in the Daily Press.  ...He graduated NNHS class of '49.  Handsome Paul will always be remembered by his sweet shy smile.  Here are a couple of photos I had of Paul on their wedding day - exiting from my mom and dad's apartment at Stuart Gardens on 1141 Garden Drive!

He will be missed - as is our beautiful Aunt Shirley (Hogge) Wagner too! 

Gail (Kiger) Bonsey FHS '73;    Steve Kiger NNHS '66


   Thank you so much, Gail.  Your uncle Paul's as gorgeous as the rest of your family. 

   Please accept my deepest condolences in your loss - and again, my apologies to you and Steve for not making the connection sooner.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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