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March 7, 1939 – Monday, November 4, 2013

Service Information
Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rockford, MN
Friday, November 8, 2013
10:00 AM

Visitation Information
Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rockford, MN
Thursday, November 7, 2013
4-8 PM

Virgil A. Wagner, 74, of Rockford passed away on Monday, November 4, 2013 at his farm near Rockford.

Virgil was born on March 7, 1939 in Rockford on the family farm the son of Martin & Evelyn Wagner.

He was baptized on April 2, 1939 and confirmed into the Christian faith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover on May 24, 1953.

Virgil was married to Edith Giese on September 24, 1960 at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenfield. Following their marriage, Virgil engaged in farming on the family farm until he retired the summer of 2002.

Virgil loved and enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren with all his heart. His love for hunting, fishing, and helping his son Brian farm filled his retirement years with endless joy.

He was a faithful member of Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford.

Survived by his loving wife of fifty-three years: Edith Wagner; children: Lori & Dennis Peterson of Rockford, Val & Ed Sjolin of Hanover, Brian Wagner & Tena Martin of Howard Lake; grandchildren: Nathan Sjolin, Nicholas Sjolin, Mitchell Peterson, Carrie (Peterson) & Andy Beyer, Stephanie (Wagner) & Kyle Lindsley, Andrew Wagner and Angela (Wagner) & Anthony Richter; great grandchildren: McKenna & Brody Lindsley and Aubree Beyer; a brother: Lyle & Linda Wagner; mother-in-law: Caroline Giese; brother-in-law & sister-in-law: Arlyn & Kathy Koecher, Fern Boyer, Leah Wandersee; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents: Martin & Evelyn Wagner and by his father-in-law: Waldemar Giese.

Funeral services for Virgil Wagner was held on Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford. Pastor Michael Barlow officiated.

Interment followed at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.

A visitation was held on Thursday, November 7th from 4-8 P.M. at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford. A Prayer service was held at 8:00 P.M. Thursday evening.

Further visitation was held at the Church on Friday morning, November 8th one hour prior to services.

Casket Bearers were Nathan Sjolin, Mitchell Peterson, Nicholas Sjolin, Andrew Wagner, Andy Beyer, Kyle Lindsley, Anthony Richter, Neal “Pete” Roth and Jim Dixon.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolences may be made to

17 Guestbook Entries

  1. Lisa Neumann

    So very sorry to hear about the sudden loss of Virgil. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

  2. Sue Walters Brown

    Words cannot convey how sorry I am to hear of Virgil’s passing. May the love of Jesus wrap around your family now and in the days ahead. No other man has ever loved his wife, children, and grandchildren more than he has.
    Love to all of you!

  3. Randy Neumann

    We are sorry to here about your sudden loss. You will be in our prayers.
    Randy & Lisa Neumann

  4. Marian A. Neumann

    Dear Edie & family,
    I am so so sorry to hear about the passing of Virgil. May the Lord hold you in the Palm of His Hand to help you handle the grief you are enduring.
    May the good memories bring comfort to you and your family.

  5. Brett Meyers

    I am sorrowed to hear of Virgil’s passing. May his many wonderful memories carry his family through this difficult time.

  6. Lara Koecher

    Edie and Family,
    We want you all to know how sorry we are about Virgil. He was such a wonderful guy. We know you have a lot of great memories of him which will hopefully bring you peace as time goes by. Big hugs to all of you!
    ~Lara and Steve

  7. Hildie Peterson Ciejka

    God Bless you all at this time of sadness. May he give you peace and surround you with his perfect love. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do please let me know.
    Much Love, Hildie

  8. George & Marge Jundt

    Edie, our sympathy to you and your family. I’m not sure whether you remember us. We were neighbors to your parents in Buffalo.

  9. Douglas and Jennifer (Ritari) Cameron

    Edie and Family~
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Virgil. He was such a wonderful man, and we hope you find peace in your many happy memories of all the great times your family had together. We are thinking of you!

  10. Joyce and Ray Korblick

    Our sympathy to you and your family. I don’t know if you will remember us but we used to snowmobile with you guys in the 60’s – a long time ago…fond memories. Sorry for your loss.

  11. don lorraine dickman

    We are so sorry to about Virgil. Thoughts and prayers be with you and your family.

  12. Suzanne Welzien

    Wishing peace, comfort and strength for the days ahead. I’m sending my warmest condolences to the entire family!

  13. Roger, Nancy and David Schroeder

    We hold you all in our hearts and prayers through this hard time. “For the peace that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds on Christ Jesus.

  14. Tony and Teresa Maher

    Sending our deepest sympathy to all of you.

  15. Karl Hohenstein

    To Edith and family: Sorry to hear of your loss of Virgil. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you and give you strength to endure
    Love to you all, Karl Hohenstein

  16. Chuck and Coralyn Bergstrom

    Hi Edith; We were saddened to hear the
    news and so unexpected. Keep trusting
    the Lord and He will keep you in perfect peace. We will be praying for
    you, Chuck and Coralyn

  17. Betty Ritari

    My heart goes out to Edie and all the family. So sorry to hear about Virgil. I wish I could have been there for you. Thoughts and prayers.


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