JOHN P. WAGNERJohn Paul Wagner died of natural causes July 4, 2012, in his home in Minneapolis.
John Paul Wagner died of natural causes July 4, 2012, in his home in Minneapolis.
John was born Dec. 12, 1961. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in the areas of English and education from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul. He was self-employed (Wagner Tutoring) as an English teacher and second language tutor.
He was a member of St. Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis, and greatly enjoyed participating in liturgies and numerous parish activities.
John traveled the world, from Scotland, to Thailand, to Italy, and more. He was part of a special Papal audience and met with Mother Teresa of Calcutta on two occasions.
He loved theater and read thousands of books through tapes and CDs. He had an extraordinary memory and penchant for detail, making it hard to believe that he was blind for most of his life. He did not complain, but rather devoted his fierce independence and energy to leading the best life possible.
John was not afraid of living on his own, starting a business, honoring countless speaking engagements, meeting new people, and making a difference in many lives. While never intending to, he was an example of inspiration and hope to family, friends, and strangers alike.
John was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Robert on Dec. 13, 2010; nephew Edward James Zbaracki on April 30, 1981; and his grandparents.
John is survived by his loving family, including parents, Herbert and Dolores Wagner of Jordan, Minn.; sister Mary W. Zbaracki of Duluth and her sons David (Anne) and their daughter, Catherine, of Chicago, and Joseph of Duluth; sister Anne (Richard) Sanquini of Saratoga, Calif.; brother Joseph (Lucy) and their children Sophia and Theodore of Jordan; brother James (Essie) of Edina, Minn.; brother Robert (Renee) and their children Clayton and Christine of Belle Plaine, Minn.; brother Anthony (Jackie) of Little Canada, Minn.; brother William (Karen) and their daughter Elizabeth of Chaska, Minn.; and brother Gerald of Belle Plaine.
VISITATION: 10 until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Tuesday, July 10, in St. John the Baptist Church in Jordan. A reception at the church will follow.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Jordan.
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