Lois Wagner (née Vandusen) passed into glory on October 7, 2021, following her beloved husband Don Sr. by just a week. Born in Chicago and raised in Baltimore, Lois was the youngest child of Chester W. Vandusen and Stella Vandusen [née Price Langley]. She met the love of her life, Don Wagner, at the Buffalo Bible Institute. They were married for nearly 70 years and lived in the Buffalo area until their retirement to Phoenix, Arizona, more than 30 years ago. Together, they raised 6 children and welcomed 19 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. As the youngest of five children, Lois loved being with her family and would have remained in Baltimore after graduating from Eastern High School in 1950. She trained as a comptometer operator and intended to find office work. But at the urging of her oldest sister Isabel Hitzelberger (née Vandusen) who taught piano at the Buffalo Bible Institute, Lois enrolled as a student. Next to following Jesus, leaving home to attend BBI, Lois would tell her children and grandchildren, was the best decision she ever made because it led her to her future husband. Don and Lois shared a love of music, and Lois traveled with a ladies’ ensemble ministering to area churches. After one of those services, Don proposed, and Lois enthusiastically accepted. They made their home in Buffalo, New York, after college, raising a family and ministering in their local church. Everything they did, they did together and unto the Lord. Don and Lois taught Sunday school together and often sang duets in church. After their youngest child Debbie enrolled in day school, Lois worked for Best Locks and later the Erie County Water Authority. She took greater delight, however, in seeing her children pursue their talents and in hosting social gatherings at their home. A lover of dogs, Lois insisted the Wagner home always have a furry companion, and in retirement, she took great delight in grand-pups and great-grand-pups, encouraging that same love of dogs in her family. Wherever Don and Lois made their home, she decorated first with photos of their family and keepsakes given to them by children and grandchildren over the years. In retirement, she busied herself with needle work, and each of her 19 grandchildren was outfitted with a sweater or blanket handmade by Grandma. Lois’ intricate needlework art also graced her home with Don, and the homes of her loved ones. Even when their family spread across the country, Lois and Don kept them close in prayer, and spent their retirement visiting their children and grandchildren. Their family takes great comfort in knowing they are together once again, praising their Lord side-by-side, forever. Lois is preceded in death by her parents Chester W. Vandusen and Stella Price Langley, her siblings Chester W. Vandusen, Jr., Verne L. Vandusen, Ruth VonHagel, and Isabel Hitzelberger, her and Don’s beloved daughter, Debbie, and most recently by her dear husband. She is survived by their children, David (s. Marcia), Darlene (s. Ken Barbic Sr.), Donna (s. Randy Hibbs), Don Jr. (s. Lori) and Dawn (s. David Roden), 19 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to Tri-City Baptist Church in Chandler, AZ