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Elizabeth was born in Portland Oregon June 9, 1948 to Glenn
and Gladys Mentzel. She joined one sister, Louanne Marie.
Betty (as her family called her) and Louanne were 11 days shy
of being “Irish Twins”.
Elizabeth was raised in a devout Catholic home. She attended
grade school at Ascension Catholic School and St Mary’s
Academy for high school. Elizabeth married right after
graduating from high school. She had 2 children,
Mary Elizabeth and Michael Glenn. Unfortunately that marriage
did not last. In 1978 Elizabeth married Steve Wagner who
she was married to almost 45 years until her passing. Steve and
Elizabeth were blessed with 4 children, Joseph Edward, Paul
Steven, Benjamin James and Anne Terese. They are the proud
Grandparents of 16 and great grandparents of 5.
Elizabeth worked several jobs during her life but did not wish to
be remembered for that. In retirement she loved to read daily
from the Bible and numerous novels (her and Steve’s favorite was
Jan Karons, “Father Tim” series), gardening, caring for her rose bushes
(bringing flowers in daily during bloom time) and feeding the local bird
population, especially the Humming Birds. Elizabeth’s greatest joy
however was her family, loving them all so much. Being a wife, mother
and grandmother was her greatest priority along with sharing with
them about salvation through Jesus Christ. She loved family
gatherings and planned for them often. “Whatever will we do
without you to plan family events?” A sentiment shared by us all.
Dearest Elizabeth you will be missed forever and will remain in all our
hearts for eternity. We love you Wife, Mother and Nana/Grandma!
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