Darlene J. Wagner

Darlene J. Wagner of the Town of Saukville never missed an opportunity to dress up and host a party, and she made sure her pets – wild and domesticated – never missed a meal.

Mrs. Wagner modeled clothing and swimwear for the Patricia Stevens Finishing School in Milwaukee and later worked as a secretary for Gilson Brothers Foundry in Fredonia.

She once dated a famous musician, but her daughter Raquel McCarthy couldn’t remember which one.

“My mom was pretty popular,” she said.

It was obvious why.

“My mom was crazy fun. She was a bling-bling kind of woman. She loved glitz and glimmer and was always fun to be around, bubbly fun,” her daughter said. “She always had to have parties. She always had to entertain. Very outgoing. She always had to sparkle. She always had to have her jewelry on, look just right.”

And she always had to feed the raccoons, birds and other critters outside her home, in addition to her cats and dogs in the house.

“She was an animal freak,” her daughter said. “She would do anything for animals. She would go through hundreds of pounds of dog food to feed the raccoons.”

Living in the country, other animals such as deer, possum and badgers would come to dine as well. Coyotes could be heard in the distance, but they never came near the house, her daughter said.

Mrs. Wagner, 73, died on Wednesday, March 21, at her residence.

She was born in Milwaukee on Jan.18, 1945, to Raymond and Lorraine Magoch Learned. She grew up in Fredonia and attended local schools, graduating from Grafton High School.

On Nov. 5, 1966, she married Gerald Wagner at St. Rose Catholic Church in Fredonia. The couple settled in Waubeka and moved to Saukville in 1981.

Mrs. Wagner had worked part-time in the jewelry department at Walmart in Saukville and loved helping other people pick out fun items to wear.

She and her husband enjoyed riding their motorcycle and visited every state and Canada, her daughter said. Mrs. Wagner also sold Avon products.

Mrs. Wagner is survived by her daughter Raquel McCarthy of West Allis; grandson Jonathon McCarthy of Saukville; brother Wayne Learned of Rosendale; sister Maxine (Ed) Stefaniak of Muskego; brother-in-law Neil (JoAnn) Wagner of Fredonia and sister-in-law JoAnn Kultgen of Random Lake.
She was preceded by her husband on

Sept. 10, 2017, and her brother-in-law Leander Kultgen.

Cremation has taken place. A short gathering to remember Mrs. Wagner and her husband will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring St., Union Grove, followed by military honors.

The Eernisse Funeral Home is handling arrangements.



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