M. Jewell Wagener

Born: Tue., Feb. 11, 1941
Died: Tue., Jul. 17, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 20, 2018
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Jul. 21, 2018
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Mary “Jewell” Wagener, 77, of Pittsfield, IL, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield.  She was born on February 11, 1941 in Metropolis, IL to Reverend Robert and Truby Hamilton Wagener.

Jewell graduated from Carrollton Community High School and was a 1969 graduate of Evangel College in Springfield, MO.  She began teaching in Pittsfield in 1969 and retired in 2005.  As a teacher, Jewell always “encouraged children to do the best they can and loved when the child would understand something and the lightbulb would go off in their head.”  She was also a recipient of  the Golden Apple Award.  She loved playing Bingo and going to lunch with her fellow retired teachers.  Jewell made greeting cards for service men and especially enjoyed reading and watching safaris on her computer.  She also liked attending the Manchester Gospel Sing in the park with her sister, Janet.

She is survived by her siblings, Ronald (Sue) Wagener of  Sun Lakes, AZ, Carolyn (Donald) Mills of Choctow, OK, Janet (Dr. Russell) Proesel of Shipman, IL, and Robert (Linda) Wagener of Swansea, IL; and her special friends, Sharon Loyd and family, Nancy Peebles, Eva Rowley, and Ron Lash.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Larry Wagener and Donald Wagener; a half-brother, Gene Wagener; and nephew, Timothy Hansen.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Clint Weir officiating.  Interment will follow the service at Carrollton City Cemetery in Carrollton, IL.  Visitation will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the funeral home in Pittsfield.  Memorials are suggested to Pikeland Snack Pack Program.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in M. Jewell's memory to the following organization:

Pikeland Snack Pack Program

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Debbie (Willard) Biel
   Posted Wed July 18, 2018
Miss Wagener was my 3rd grade teacher back in 1970-71 at East School. She was one of my favorite teachers, and I will never forget how much she encouraged all of us! At the end of the school year, she gave me a puzzle of the United States because I'd memorized all the state capitols. She was a very special teacher who was truly devoted to the children and her profession.

Ken Standefer Simpsonville, SC
   Posted Fri July 20, 2018
Ron, Carolyn, Janet and Bobby,

My thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. Always keep in mind...grief today, joy in the morning.

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