Bridget Wagner, 80

Bridget C. Wagner, 80, of New Prague, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at the Mala Strana Health Care Center in New Prague.

Born March 4, 1928, at Pearl Lake, Bridget was a daughter of Joseph and Rose (Holthaus) Kunkel. She attended the Pearl Lake School and later married Wilfred A. Wagner on September 21, 1948, at Luxemburg, MN. Bridget was a homemaker and worked as a seamstress at Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague for about 10 years. She was a member of the Catholic Aid Association, N.E.W. Lions Club, Christian Mothers, Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, Hospital Auxiliary, St. Nicholas Choir and worked with the bloodmobile. Bridget played piano, drums and accordion for various bands, including The Dale Pexa Band.

She is survived by her husband; nine children Jane Wandersee, Mankato, Jerome (Shirley) Wagner, Black River Falls, WI, Dennis Wagner, Eagan, Sharon Wagner, New Prague, Diane (Patrick) Graham, Black River Falls, WI, Carol (Patrick) Fraher, Northfield, Alvin (Shari) Wagner, Albert Lea, Rosanne (Bruce) Keillor, Ravenna, OH and Brian (Michelle) Wagner, Albert Lea; 39 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; seven siblings Victor (Viola) Kunkel, St. Cloud, Al (Sadie) Kunkel, St. Cloud, Beatrice Ackley, St. Augusta, Hermina (Kenneth) Albers, Luxemburg, Veronica (Richard) Kulus, Plymouth, Joan (Leonard) Helget, Clearwater and Delrose (Gene) Kuykendal, Temecula, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and four brothers Harold Kunkel, Donald Kunkel, David Kunkel and Daniel Kunkel.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m., at the Church of St. Nicholas in New Market, with Rev. Daniel Haugen officiating.

Interment was at St. Nicholas Cemetery in New Market. Pallbearers were grandsons Eric Wandersee, Brandon Wagner, Aaron Wagner, Matthew Graham, Donald Ramm, Jacob Wagner, Jonathan Keillor and Derek Wagner.

Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Bruzek Funeral Home in New Prague, and Saturday at the church one hour prior to the service.

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