THOMPSONTOWN - Reverend Maureen A. Wagner, 64, of Thompsontown, died at 5:53 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. She went to be with her Lord and Savior, whom she taught and preached about passionately for years.
Born on Nov. 13, 1948, in Lewisburg, Union County, she was a daughter of Lera (Wenrich) Schaeffer, of Port Trevorton, and the late Mark Schaeffer. On Aug. 22, 1970, she married her husband, Robert W. Wagner, with whom she spent nearly 43 years of marriage.
In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by: one son, Nathaniel Robert Wagner, of Portland, Ore; one sister, Linda Kniss and her husband, Tim; one brother, Michael Schaeffer and his wife, Kathy, all of Port Trevorton; and she leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.
Rev. Wagner was a 1966 graduate of Selinsgrove High School, a 1970 graduate of Bloomsburg University and received her administrative degree in education from Bucknell University. She taught elementary school in the Selinsgrove Area School District for more than 20 years and also served as director of elementary education before entering the ministry.
After graduating from Lancaster Theological Seminary, she served at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Mifflinburg, from 1995 to 1997. She was currently serving the Thompsontown-Locust Run United Methodist Charge.
Maureen was an avid reader and a lifelong learner. She taught Sunday school for many years at Witmers United Methodist Church, Port Trevorton. She was a talented musician and played the violin, piano and organ. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and served as a past president.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Thompsontown United Methodist Church, 544 W. Main St., Thompsontown, with District Superintendent the Rev. Lori Steffenson and the Rev. Allen Hulslander officiating. Interment will follow in Witmer's Memorial Cemetery, Port Trevorton.
A viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville.
For those who desire, memorial contributions in Rev. Wagner's memory may be made to UMCOR - the United Methodist Committee of Relief, c/o State College District Office, 1200 Haymaker Road, State College, PA 16801, or to the charity of one's choice.
Online tributes and condolences may be extended to the family at www.brownfuneralhomesinc.com.