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1932 Donald 2023

Donald Wagner

March 2, 1932 — January 14, 2023

Cornelius

Donald Wagner, 90 of Cornelius, NC passed away on January 14, 2023.  He was born in New Britain, CT to the late Leander and Anne (Chanda) Wagner on March 2, 1932.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his twin, Ronald Wagner.

Donald was a graduate of Dartmouth College in 1954 and the University of PA - Philadelphia with a Master’s Degree of City Planning in 1957.  He was a Fulbright Scholar from 1957-1958 in Sydney, Australia.  Donald enjoyed city planning and was director of planning for several cities across the country, including Youngstown, OH, Lowell, MA, Cambridge, MA where he worked upon the location of the JFK Library and Elgin, IL.  A passionate and excellent home cook, Donald opened the Little Mermaid Café in E. Dundee, IL basing the menu on his travels throughout Europe after his Fulbright Scholarship.  Donald enjoyed cooking and entertaining for friends and family, was an avid gardener all his life, loved his crossword puzzles and one of his greatest joys was being a Bapa (Grandpa)!

His presence and quiet demeanor will be missed deeply by all those who loved him!

Donald is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy (Chamberlain) Wagner of the home, daughter and son-in-law, Laura Wagner-Cary and Matthew Cary of Charlotte, NC, grandchildren Amelia Cary of Chicago, IL and Iain Wagner-Cary of Charlotte, NC, sisters-in law Mary A. Weseman of Lincoln, NE and Betty L. Wagner of Seattle, WA and 1st cousin Joe and Pat Ondrick of Sarasota, FL.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00pm, Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home in Huntersville, NC.  The family will receive friends for a gathering prior at 3:00pm and during a reception following the service.

Memorial Donations may be made to Second Harvest Food Back of Metrolina (Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (secondharvestmetrolina.org) or the Arbor Day Foundation (Arbor Day Commemorative Trees in Memory).

Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences and memories may be shared with Donald's family at www.raymerfh.com.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Donald Wagner, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Saturday, January 21, 2023

3:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home & Cremation Services

16901 Old Statesville Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078

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Memorial Service

Saturday, January 21, 2023

4:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home Chapel

16901 Old Statesville Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078

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Reception

Saturday, January 21, 2023

5:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home and Cremation Services

16901 Old Statesville Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078

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Interment

Monday, January 23, 2023

1:00 - 1:15 pm (Eastern time)

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