Loved Uncle Charles and will miss him. He was a very nice person and so kind.
My, Uncle Charles made time for me, and listened to what I had to say. We shared numerous family trips, sleep overs, singing at the top of our lungs, funny faces, funny voices, and he never seemed to mind these shenanigans. He even lent me his shoulder to cry on when my own father and sister past away. Though the mit of his passing, I’m pretty sure he is visiting with my sister Pauline in Heaven, having a wonderful time.
Council 10257 has sustained the loss of a Brother Knight. While we bow in Submission to the will of our Heavenly Father, we mourn our Brother Knight, Charlie.
He’ll be remembered fondly for his loyal participation in Council Activities like the Fall Festival closing Parade where he proudly wore his Fourth Degree regalia as he rode aboard the Council float, The Nina.
he was uncle and godfather to me and a mechanic helped me work on my vehicles i’m sure he’s up there with all our relatives that have gone before him i will miss him
Charles was a dear cousin to us and I have many fond memories of him going all the way back to when we were small children. My brothers and I always enjoyed his company, especially during church events, family gatherings and visits to Grandmother Gajewski’s home. We went to high school together for three years. Charles was that classmate with the comedic skills and just generally a fun person to be around. I recall him playing volleyball at the noon hour. He would try so hard during the games and managed to keep us laughing at the same time. Many years later (in my 50s!), I was driving home from Rend Lake College after finishing a class. There was a man walking away from the college and I stopped to chat. I was really surprised to see it was my cousin Charles and he was also taking classes! It was such a pleasure to see him again from time to time during “school”, just like when we were kids. I will remember Charles as a kind man, willing to help anyone and always with a warm smile. To Charles’ family—we send you all our deepest condolences and will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers (John 11:25-26).
Frances (Bock) Hix
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It is with profound sadness that the family of Charles Benedict George Wagner announce his peaceful passing on January 8th, 2022 at the age of 83 years old.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Wanda Wagner, of 36 years and children: Glen (Donna) Wagner, Cherly (Jason) Presswood, Krystal (Kevin) Marlow, Kathy (Chris) Payton, Paula (Mark Cook) Williamson, and Scott Williamson. Charles loved all his grandchildren and they will deeply miss him. Grandchildren: Steve Rincon, Cody (Melissa) Huelsman, Kurtis (Amanda) Payton, Callie (Peter) Payton, Kristy (Troy) Morrison, Shari (James) Seward, Jessica (Dustin) Wagner, Kori (Blake) Wagner, Ryan Voltaire, Lena (Tyler) Scott, Zachary Miller, Ashley Presswood, Ethan Marlow, Adrian Marlow, Alexis Williamson, Declan Williamson, and nine great-grandchildren. Charles also leaves behind his siblings Walter (Jan) Wagner, Elizabeth Wynn, and numerous other family members and friends.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents Herman Wagner and Helena (Gajewski) Wagner; siblings James Wagner and Dorothy Suchomski and her husband Dave, and brother-in-law William “Bill” Wynn; and great-grandchildren MaKenna Payton and Keegan Payton.
Charles retired from Old Ben Coal Company #21 where he had worked for many, many years as an underground miner. When the mines closed, Charles took to the highway as a trucker for several years before he went to PTI to chauffer the railroad workers to their destinations. Over the years, Charles would love to travel with Wanda and his family all over the United States. He loves spending time with family and visiting. He never met a stranger anywhere he went. Some of Charles’ fondest memories were at the holidays or the Gajewski family reunion where all his family gathered together. Charles is a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus where he spent many hours helping with the Special Olympic Fishing Tournament, being the grand marshall in the Christmas parade, attending funerals, and one of his favorite KofC activities is the Polar Plunge, in which he participated in when he was 80 years old.
A memorial service mass will be held at a later date.
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