Sunday, April 08, 2012

Obituary: Catherine "Katie" Endres Spangler Wagner - Class of 1942

SUN PRAIRIE - Catherine "Katie" Endres Spangler Wagner, age 88, died on April 4, 2012, at the Prairie Gardens Assisted Living Facility. Katie was born on March 1, 1924, in Cross Plains, the daughter of Michael and Gertrude (Boehnen) Endres. After graduation from Madison Central High School in 1942, she married Paul Spangler on Jan. 4, 1944. Paul passed away in 1972. She later married Francis Wagner on Sept. 7, 1973. Katie worked as the deli/bakery manager for many years at Sentry Foods and as a waitress for more than 20 years at Herremann's Restaurant and Supper Club. She was a founding member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church. Katie's greatest accomplishment, however, was her family. Katie enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre, bingo, gaming, bowling and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Katie is survived by her husband, Francis of Sun Prairie; five children, Pauline (Bill) Wentland of Windsor, Gloria (Mike) McCann of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Mary Kay (Jim) Robinson of Fairport, N.Y., Richard (Lisa) Spangler of Stoughton, and Lois (Bob) Frank of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; 11 grandchildren, George, Jackie, Mark, Tom, Doug, Paul, Bryan, Katie, Nikki, Mackenzie and Scott; 18 great-grandchildren; a brother, Michael (Anne) Endres of Sun Prairie; two brothers-in-law, Wesley Gest of DeForest, and Peter Broome of Houston, Texas; four sisters-in-law, Mildred Krull of Lake Mills, Mary Grinsteiner of Kimberly, Genevieve (Dick) Halvorson of Madison, and Barb Endres of Monona; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Katie was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Paul Spangler; a grandson, Randy Wentland; five sisters; and three brothers. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed in Katie's memory to St. Albert the Great Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. ALBERT THE GREAT CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2420 St. Albert the Great Drive, Sun Prairie on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 11 a.m. A visitation will be held at the CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 1310 Emerald Terrace, Sun Prairie on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and also at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. Inurnment will be held at Sun Prairie Memory Gardens at 1:45 p.m. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Prairie Gardens Assisted Living Facility and the staff of Agrace HospiceCare for all the care and love they gave to Katie. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 1310 Emerald Terrace, Sun Prairie.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on April 8, 2012. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968).

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